This medication is an opiate and is a highly controlled substance with a high abuse liability. Demerol is a highly addictive drug commonly abused for its sedation and euphoric effects. When abused, Demerol is taken orally, injected and snorted.
When Demerol is injected intravenously it produces an intense euphoria and a general state of well-being and relaxation.
The most common misuse associated with the use of Demerol stems from the possibility of building a tolerance and a psychological dependency to the drug when a person is legitimately prescribed it. With excessive use the possibility of psychological and physical dependence increases greatly. Once this happens use of this drug should be discontinued immediately.
People who are addicted to Demerol show signs of a strong dependency to the drug. Signs of Demerol dependency include a need to continue taking the medicine even when not needed. With prolonged use the physical reaction once abruptly stopped may result in extreme fatigue and mental depression. Also a person may feel a need to increase the dose originally prescribed in order to maintain the primary effect of the medicine.
Opiate agonist drugs such as Demerol can quickly induce "tolerance." Tolerance is a diminished response to a drug that develops over days, weeks, or months. Once a person has developed a dependency to this drug they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms a person may experience include:
- Fast Heartbeat
- Fast Breathing
- Loss of Appetite
- Watery Eyes
- Back Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Stomach Pain
- Upset Stomach
- Loss of Appetite
- Stuffy Nose
Demerol Abuse Treatment Options
Long term Demerol users seeking treatment to stop the abuse of this drug should try to taper off the medication slowly under a physician's care Or they may choose to enter an addiction rehabilitation facility to safely detox from this drug. In patient detox in a hospital or medically supervised setting is highly recommended along with counseling and therapy proved in a rehabilitation environment. Treatment will ultimately depend on the degree of addiction.