Effects of Meperidine Abuse
What You Need to Know
Better known as Demerol, meperidine is a narcotic painkiller that is often used before or during surgery and pain relief during labor or delivery. Like other types of opioid painkillers, it works on the central nervous system to increase levels of dopamine and decrease pain. Meperidine is usually given as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using meperidine at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. This helps avoid the risk of meperidine abuse, which is unfortunately common among home users. Over the past decade, meperidine-related ER visits have increased over 111 percent. If you or a loved one is vulnerable to meperidine abuse, RU Encore is ready to help. Call us today at (844) 25-MUSIC or (844) 256-8742.
Signs and Symptoms of Meperidine Abuse
Detecting Meperidine Abuse
Although meperidine is a less commonly abused opioid than others, like heroin, oxycodone or fentanyl, it still represents a dangerous and urgent substance abuse threat. It’s critical that patients get treatment as soon as possible to avoid the onset of any further symptoms or long-term damage. Some of the more common signs of meperidine abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Drug-Seeking Behavior
- Erratic Changes in Behavior
- Flu-Like Symptoms
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Joint and Muscle Pain
- Deception Regarding Use
- Doctor Shopping
- Legal Troubles Related to Use
It’s only a matter of time before untreated meperidine abuse turns to addiction and erosion of quality of life. Get the help you need right now.