Demerol is a narcotic drug prescribed by doctors for severe pain relief. Also known as meperidine, Demerol is similar to other common opiates such as Vicodin, Dilaudid, and OxyContin. The drug comes in pill or liquid form and can also be injected into the body. Unlike other opiates, Demerol is only active in the body for 2-4 hours after taken. Demerol is a Schedule II Narcotic, along with heroin, morphine and codeine, and is extremely addictive to its user.
Effects of Demerol Addiction
The effects of Demerol are felt within ten to fifteen minutes after ingestion. Demerol produces effects very similar to another pain reliever, morphine. Users of Demerol experience euphoria or a “high” as the drug alters the brain’s perception of pain.
Addiction takes effect once the initial euphoric effect becomes harder to achieve. Whether it is the reduction in pain, or the stimulated sensations, the craving for Demerol becomes a mental fixation.
Side effects of Demerol addiction include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Loss of concentration
- Euphoria and or dysphoria
- Severe convulsions
The most dangerous effects of Demerol abuse can lead to respiratory depression, slowing the rate of breathing, circulatory depression, respiratory arrest, shock, and cardiac rest. An overdose of Demerol can have serious risks on the body’s ability to perform both respiratory and circulatory functions and can ultimately lead to death.
Signs of Demerol Dependency
As Demerol dependency occurs and tolerance builds up, user must acquire more of the drug to feel the needed effects. Signs of Demerol dependency include:
- A strong desire to continue taking the medication after the prescribed amount is gone
- A strong desire to increase the dosage in order to meet the new tolerance level
- Strong withdrawal symptoms once drug intake stops
Demerol Addiction Withdrawal
Demerol addiction is both physical and psychological and should not be suddenly discontinued. The abrupt withdrawal of Demerol from the body can lead to seizures or convulsions. It is extremely important to meet with a trained physician when treating Demerol addictio.
Long-term Demerol users can receive help from a detox center and gradually taper of the drug. Detox can last anywhere from seven days to three weeks.
Withdrawal symptoms from Demerol include:
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
- Severe anxiety
- Chills, shivering, and tremors
Finding Treatment for Demerol Addiction
While withdrawal symptoms may be difficult, there are many residential treatment programs that provide medical supervision with limited distress. A physician will provide a user with the support and care needed for recovery.