Demerol® (meperidine hydrochloride) is a narcotic medicine that binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects, most notably pain relief and sedation. It is available by prescription and can be taken by mouth or administered by injection. The pills are available in two strengths: 50 mg and 100 mg.
Although this medication was once very popular and often used for relieving pain and causing sedation, it is now rarely prescribed for these uses. As a matter of fact, many hospitals will only use the injectable form of this drug in special circumstances. It is recommended that the oral solution and pill form of Demerol be avoided altogether in almost all situations. The pain reliever has fallen out of favor in recent years due to its ability to produce a unique group of serious side effects.
(Click Demerol for more information on when and how to take this medication, to find out how Demerol works, and to learn about the warnings associated with the pain reliever.)