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Demerol (meperidine) is a narcotic that is likely to be abused. This causes many people to wonder, "What does it look like?" Brand-name Demerol tablets are round and white, with a "W" in a square on one side and an "M" on top of the score line on the other side (with a 35 or 37 underneath). Generic Demerol tablets may have different markings.

Demerol Drug Identification: An Overview

Demerol® (meperidine hydrochloride) is a prescription opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. Like other narcotics, Demerol can be abused. As a result, people often wonder what Demerol (or generic forms of Demerol) looks like.

What Does Brand-Name Demerol Look Like?

The brand-name Demerol tablets currently manufactured are round and white. They have a "W" in a square on one side. On the other side (the "scored" side, with a line running through it), they have an "M" on top of the score line and either a 35 or a 37 below the score line (50 mg tablets have the 35, 100 mg tablets have the 37). Previous versions of Demerol tablets may have different markings (such as a "D" instead of an "M").
Demerol is also available in oral solution or injection form, but it would be virtually impossible to identify these products without appropriate labeling. Brand-name Demerol oral solution is banana-flavored.

What Does Generic Meperidine Look Like?

Generic Demerol (meperidine) tablets are also round and white. However, because generic meperidine is made by several different manufacturers, each manufacturer will use different markings on the tablets (this helps to identify the tablets).
If you have any medication that you cannot identify, it is a good idea to call a local pharmacist. Pharmacists are usually able to look up medications based on their shape, color, and markings. Many pharmacists will be more than willing to help you identify medications, although they may be less willing to help if they suspect you may be abusing the medication.
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