The standard dosage of Demerol for relieving pain is 50 to 150 mg every three to four hours as needed. The recommended dose for preoperative use (with injectable Demerol) is 50 to 100 mg given 30 to 60 minutes before the start of anesthesia. The usual recommended dose for use during labor is 50 to 100 mg injected intramuscularly or subcutaneously once pain becomes regular.
Dosage of Demerol: An Introduction
The dose of Demerol® (meperidine hydrochloride) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type and severity of your pain
- How you respond to the medication
- Your weight (for children)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Demerol Dosing for Pain
The standard recommended oral or injectable dosage of Demerol for treating pain in adults is 50 to 150 mg every three to four hours as necessary. For children, the dosage is based on weight.
Demerol Dosing for Preoperative Use
The standard recommended injectable Demerol dose for preoperative use is 50 to 100 mg given 30 to 60 minutes before the start of anesthesia. For children, the proper dosage will be calculated using your child's weight.
For this use, Demerol is usually given as an injection into a muscle or under the skin.
Demerol Dosing for Anesthesia
When used as part of anesthesia of surgery, Demerol is given intravenously. Usually, the medication is given very slowly until the desired results are achieved.