Demerol is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Demerol is a strong prescription pain medicine used to manage short-term pain relief when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them.
Careless use of Demerol can put you at risk of overdose and death. Even if you take your dose correctly as prescribed, you are at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse that can lead to death.
You should not use Demerol if you have severe asthma or breathing problems.
Do not use Demerol if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
Demerol can slow or stop your breathing and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Before using this medicine
You should not use Demerol if you are allergic to meperidine or if you have:
severe asthma or breathing problems; or
a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
To make sure Demerol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
breathing problems, sleep apnea;
drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
liver or kidney disease;
problems with your gallbladder, adrenal gland, or thyroid;
sickle cell anemia; or
abnormal curvature of the spine that affects breathing.
Meperidine may be habit-forming, especially with prolonged use. Take meperidine precisely as directed. Please do not take more of it, take it more often, or take it differently than your doctor referred. While taking meperidine, discuss with your healthcare provider your pain treatment goals, length of treatment, and other ways to manage your pain.