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Demerol Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is meperidine (Demerol)?
- What are the possible side effects of meperidine (Demerol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about meperidine (Demerol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking meperidine (Demerol)?
- How should I take meperidine (Demerol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Demerol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Demerol)?
- What should I avoid while taking meperidine (Demerol)?
- What other drugs will affect meperidine (Demerol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Demerol)?
Since meperidine is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Demerol)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of meperidine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, confusion, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, shallow breathing, slow heart rate, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking meperidine (Demerol)?
Do not drink alcohol while you are using meperidine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with meperidine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how meperidine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect meperidine (Demerol)?
Do not take meperidine with other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- pentazocine (Talwin);
- nalbuphine (Nubain);
- butorphanol (Stadol); or
- buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with meperidine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about meperidine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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- Demerol Side Effects Center
- Demerol Overview including Precautions
- Demerol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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