Demerol Addiction

What is Demerol

Demerol, also known as Meperidine, lives within the opioid family and helps to alleviate moderate to acute pain. Demerol works by manipulating your brain’s response to pain by binding to specific proteins within the brain called opioid receptors, helping to reduce pain signals in transmission to the brain.

Demerol can be taken either orally or as an injection. Opioids can be highly addictive; therefore, Demerol should not be taken long-term, but rather for sudden events when deemed necessary by a medical doctor.

Dosage and side effects

Depending on your age and the severity and type of pain you are experiencing, demerol dosages can vary. Though the usual dosage for adults is as follows:

  • Oral tablets: 50-100mg every 4 hours as needed
  • Injection (IV): 25-100mg every 4 hours as needed
  • Injection (Continuous IV): 15-35 mg every hour

Unwanted side-effects may result while taking Demerol. Side effects can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness

Overdose symptoms

While these symptoms are uncommon, those who begin to experience any of the following severe symptoms should contact a medical physician immediately:

  • Hives
  • Seizures
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Labored breathing
  • Urinary difficulties
  • Extreme change in heartrate
  • Muscle spasms/stiffening

A common antidote that serves as an opiate defense is naloxone hydrochloride. This narcotic antagonist helps to restore breathing functionalities for those who begin to experience respiratory depression. Though this medication should be prescribed by a medical professional to ensure it’s proper dosage and use.

Demerol withdrawal

Withdrawal occurs after a long period of Demerol abuse is quickly followed by a significant reduction or complete removal of the opioid. Long-term abuse of Demerol can change the brain’s natural chemical structure; these alterations are indicative of a Demerol dependency.

When attempting to normally function again, without the opioid, Demerol dependent individuals may start to experience discomforting withdrawal symptoms that can vary from mild to severe, through physical and psychological effects.

Demerol withdrawal symptoms do not typically tend to be fatal, though the effects can be extremely discomforting. For that reason, professional medical detox treatment is usually recommended to make the recovering person as comfortable as possible during their recovery.


Depending on the severity of the addiction, the length of the dependency, as well as some other addiction factors patients may experience the following symptoms in either mild or severe forms:

    • Tremors
    • Insomnia
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Muscles aches
    • Bone pain
    • Nausea
    • Vommiting
    • Anxiety
    • Headaches
    • Diarrhea

It is highly recommended that professional medical help is sought when attempting to detox. At-home detox or detoxing alone can be dangerous if complications were to occur.


Detox typically lasts seven days. Though it is not uncommon for some patients with a more severe addiction to stay for a longer extended period of time. The duration of detox is also dependent upon the drug as well as if the recovering person participated in mixing multiple substances.


24 hoursWith a 2-5 hour half life, withdrawal symptoms will tend to appear rather quickly after the last ingested dose of Demerol. These symptoms may include feelings of anxiety, irritability, accompanied by a headache.
Days 2 – 6Within these days withdrawal symptoms will peak. Psychological and physiological symptoms like, nausea, dry mouth, sweating, muscle aches, paranoia, and vomiting are likely to occur at a heightened sensation. While this may be incredibly discomforting it’s most important to stay motivated during this time period and resist any drug cravings, as these effects are only temporary.
Days 7 – 13From here, symptoms will begin to subside. Mild cases of withdrawal symptoms may linger, though these will fade with time.
Days 14+ While all previous symptoms continue to completely dissipate, drug cravings may remain. At this point patients should consider seeking additional treatment to gain re-learn life skills and find a stronger sense of independence.

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Demerol Detox was last modified: April 27th, 2017 by The Recovery Village