Demerol is a very popular pain reliever. It is prescribed for a variety of reasons from back pains to labor pains, proving to be very effective. For those prescribed Demerol long term their Doctor should closely monitor them because this drug is habit-forming. Demerol use can lead to a tolerance, requiring more of the drug to reach its desired effects. In large doses Demerol can cause a sense of euphoria. Along with the drugs addictive qualities a tolerance and pleasurable effects can be a nasty combination leading to an overwhelming addiction.
What is Demerol?
Demerol is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is in a group of pain medications similar to morphine, a class of medications called narcotic analgesics. Demerol works by changing the way the body senses pain. It can be taken orally in tablet or syrup form, as well as injected intravenously or intramuscular.
Effects of Demerol Use
There are a number of effects related to Demerol use, some are desirable like extreme calmness, others make the drug less desirable. Adverse effects include; light headedness, dizziness, headache, weakness, stomach pain or cramps, constipation, nausea and vomiting. Users may feel flush and begin sweating, unable to get comfortable. Some may experience changes in vision, mood changes, agitation, and confusion, this makes it hard to function properly. These side effects do not typically last long and are not serious but others can be long lasting and extremely serious. Some may experience slow or difficult breathing, difficulty urinating, a rash or hives, uncontrollable shaking of the hands, muscle twitches or stiffening, seizures, and fainting. The users heartbeat may be slowed, fast, or pounding. They may experience hallucination, seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist.
When taken in large doses there is an increased risk of overdose. Symptoms of overdose may include; slowed breathing and heartbeat, extreme sleepiness, coma, loose and floppy muscles, cold and clammy skin, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness and fainting. An overdose can be fatal if not treated by a medical professional right away.
Most find themselves addicted to Demerol after long term use of the drug for pain management. Others spiraled out of control from abusing the drug for the euphoric effects it produces in high doses. Their bodies develop a tolerance to the drug requiring more to reach the initial pain relieving effects. A physical dependency occurs, addiction, the body requires the drug to feel good. Long-term users of Demerol find that they are unable to manage without taking the drug. They feel a growing compulsion to take more and more Demerol. Many experience withdrawal symptoms at this point making it seem nearly impossible to quit its use. Symptoms of Demerol withdrawal can set in within a few hours of last use and persist for days or weeks. Many take another dose of the drug to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal, worsening their addiction.
Some make the choice to try quitting Demerol “cold turkey” which can lead to painful withdrawal symptoms. Demerol withdrawal symptoms include agitation, tremors, runny nose, chills, sleeplessness, anxiousness, yawning, restlessness, weakness, flu-like symptoms, depression, hallucination, delirium, cramps, diarrhea, sweating, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, confusion, extreme irritability and muscle spasms. These symptoms vary in severity depending on the dependence of the drug. Many users enter into a treatment program for detox to cleanse their body and receive a non-addictive medication to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal as well as help control their drug cravings.
Demerol Addiction Treatment
If you are ready to make the first step towards sobriety and admit you have a problem, contact an Addiction Treatment Center to begin your recovery process. When entering you will receive an assessment to determine the correct treatment process that will be most successfully for you. The detoxification process will cleanse your body of all chemicals and toxins while receiving an non-addictive medication to lessen any symptoms of withdrawal. Therapy will help you get to the cause of your addiction and learn how to remain sober when leaving the program. You can successfully quit with the assistance of a Demerol Addiction Treatment Center.