Demerol possesses high addictive potential at both prescribed and recommended doses, and similar to morphine, is classified as an opioid. Drug seeking behavior is frequently exhibited by people who develop an addiction to Demerol.Demerol may also be referred to by its generic name, meperidine. Where opioids, in general, are concerned, approximately 46% of people misusing their opioid prescriptions transition to heroin. Sadly, when opioids are prescribed for chronic pain, approximately 21% to 29% of those individuals end up misusing them.
What is Demerol?
An injectable form of meperidine, Demerol is an opioid pain killer. Classified as a narcotic analgesic, it can also be referred to as pethidine. With effects similar to oxycodone and morphine, it is used to treat severe to moderate pain. It has a high risk of abuse, is short acting, and has approximately 1/10 the potency of morphine.
Demerol can be referred to by the following nickname:
Demerol can come in liquid or tablet form. It comes in an injectable solution or a syrup as a liquid. Tablets are white in color, circular in shape, and can come in 100 mg or 50 mg strengths. Typically, only medical professionals use it in injectable form.
What are the Side Effects of Demerol Addiction?
Without even realizing that they are abusing Demerol in the first place, an addiction can be developed. Common Demerol abuse methods include:
- For the purpose of injection, crushing and then dissolving a tablet/powder in water
- For the purpose of snorting, crush the tablet into a powder
- Rather than swallowing the tablets whole, chewing them
The following can be health problems or consequences resulting from Demerol abuse:
- Brain damage
- Liver problems
- Heart attack
- Extreme drowsiness
- Respiratory depression
Signs and symptoms of Demerol addiction can include the following:
- Taking other people’s prescriptions
- Borrowing or stealing money
- Social withdrawal
- Nodding off
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Regarding the frequency of use, lying and avoidance of any discussion
- Increased drug usage
- Hiding Demerol in the car, at work, or around the house
- Forging prescriptions
- Doctor shopping
Understanding Demerol Overdose
If you believe that someone has overdosed on Demerol, you should immediately seek medical attention. Overdoses of this nature, particularly in children or those using Demerol with no prescription, can be fatal. The following are symptoms of a Demerol overdose:
- Weak pulse
- Low blood pressure
- Change in the size of pupils (wide, normal size, small)
- Shallow or no breathing, labored or slow breathing
- Muscle twitching
- Seizures or convulsions
- Clammy, cold skin
- Intestinal or stomach spasms
- Vomiting and nausea
Be advised that even if someone is taking the correct, prescribed dosage of Demerol, some of the above-mentioned symptoms can occur. If these are objectionable or prolonged, speak to the physician who prescribed the drug.
How to Treat Demerol Addiction
Frequently, programs that treat Demerol can include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and other behavioral therapies. Additional levels of rehabilitative care can include group therapy, behavioral one-on-one counseling, and more.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
The general addiction treatment programs at Spark To Recovery are specifically tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. Addressed by each individualized treatment plan are emotional elements, mental issues, and physical ailments resulting from the dependency on Demerol.
Start your Demerol addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.
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