In the past, healthcare providers frequently prescribed Demerol® (meperidine hydrochloride) to help relieve moderate to severe pain. In recent years, however, the medication has fallen out of favor, due to its ability to produce a unique group of serious side effects.
The drug comes in the form of tablets, an oral solution (liquid), and an injection. The tablets come in two different strengths and can be taken with or without food. For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval or suddenly stop taking Demerol, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (as withdrawal symptoms could occur).
Although the injectable form of this medication is still occasionally used, it is generally recommended that the liquid and tablet form of Demerol be avoided altogether in almost all situations.
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