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Demerol, an opium derivative, is a narcotic analgesic with effects similar to morphine. It is a widely prescribed drug and an effective painkiller. This drug primarily affects Central Nervous System and organs composed of smooth muscles. Demerol is extensively used to help cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers to get relief from severe pain.
Demerol has addictive properties. Repeated users and abusers may develop a tolerance to the drug. This will lead to both mental and physical addiction to Demerol. Addiction to this drug severely affects the proper functioning of body. It can physically and emotionally devastate an addict. Abuse of Demerol poses a risk of overdose and death.
Demerol is available as tablets and intravenous solution. The fluid is considered more effective. Demerol is normally administered to the body as oral doses, and intravenous, subcutaneous or intramuscular injection.
Effects of Demerol
Demerol can increase the effects of other sedatives. In combination with pain relievers, alcohol, or antihistamines, it may cause drowsiness and lethargy. Moreover, when combined with other depressants, Demerol can lower the respiration rate. This drug can be fatal in very high doses. People may develop dependency on prolonged use of the drug.
Demerol can cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms and many other harmful effects in an unborn baby. It may also cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a nursing infant.
Symptoms of Demerol Addiction
Physical and psychological dependence to the substance and withdrawal effects associated with the discontinuance of it are the main symptoms of Demerol addiction. Some people may develop an allergic reaction breathing and throat problems and swelling of the lips. A constant drug craving is common among Demerol addicts.
Severe anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, and shivering are some other symptoms of Demerol addiction. Addicts may begin showing withdrawal symptoms four to five hours after the last dose of the drug. This frustration may last 7 to 10 days.
Depending on the degree of the addiction, recovery and rehabilitation from Demerol addiction may require treatment programs ranging from counseling to residential treatment in a rehabilitation center.
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