Demerol Addiction and Abuse

Siobahn Morse, Executive Director of The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses Demerol Addiction and Abuse.

What is Demerol?

Demerol is part of a group of drugs considered to be narcotic pain relievers. Similar to morphine, Demerol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. As an opiate agonist, Demerol is a Schedule II controlled substance because it is highly abuse-likely.

What are the effects of Demerol?

Demerol alters the perception of pain in the spinal cord and the central nervous system but offers no effect on nerve endings. Demerol does trigger the brain’s pleasure centers while blocking pain, intensifying its ability to generate addiction and addiction behaviors.


Demerol Addiction and Demerol Abuse

What is Demerol addiction and abuse?

Demerol is an opiate drug. Users can quickly build a tolerance for the drug and require more to achieve this same effect.

Signs of dependence and abuse include a strong desire or a need to continue taking more of the medicine and a need to increase the dose to maintain the effects of the medicine.

Demerol is available in both tablet and liquid form. It can also be administered by injection into large muscles or through intravenous methods. When abused, it’s taken orally, injected or snorted.

What are the side effects of Demerol?

The side effects of Demerol include: light-headedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, weakness, headache, agitation, and tremor.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Demerol?

Withdrawal symptoms associated with Demerol can occur four to five hours after the last dose and may include severe anxiety, insomnia, profuse sweating, muscle spasms, shivering, and tremors.


Demerol Addiction and Demerol Abuse

Demerol Addiction and Demerol Abuse


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