Demerol® (meperidine hydrochloride) is a prescription drug that was once commonly used for relieving pain. Due to a number of serious side effects that have been reported with this narcotic, however, it is now rarely prescribed for pain relief or sedation purposes. There are several different forms of the drug: oral Demerol solution, tablets, and an injection. These products are available in the following strengths:
Demerol injection (in various strengths and forms).
Many hospitals recommended that injectable forms of this medication be used only in certain situations and when other medications are not appropriate. It is generally recommended that oral Demerol products be avoided altogether in almost all situations.
(Click Demerol for more information about the potential dangers of using Demerol, to find out what side effects may occur with this drug, and to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with the medicine.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Demerol Tablet and Solution [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC; 2008 July.
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