What is Meperidine Hydrochloride?
Meperidine Hydrochloride is the generic name for the well known drug Demerol. It is an opiate agonist; a synthetic phenylpiperidine derivative. Meperidine Hydrochloride is a strong analgesic used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. It is prescribed for acute pain, used in surgery and used with patients with pulmonary edema. Meperidine Hydrochloride holds not only analgesic effects but has cardiovascular effects and eases anxiety.
High Abuse Potential
Just as with most other analgesic medications Meperidine Hydrochloride has a high abuse potential. Patients are monitored while on Meperidine Hydrochloride to ensure they they do not develop a tolerance. If the medication stops working and a tolerance has developed the patient is advised to contact the prescribing Doctor immediately to prevent misuse of the drug.
Meperidine Hydrochloride Use
Meperidine Hydrochloride is most commonly used for the relief of moderate to severe pain such as that associated with acute and some chronic medical disorders; such as renal or biliary colic, acute trauma, postoperative pain, and cancer. It is also used in diagnostic and orthopedic procedures and during labor for its analgesic properties. It can be used as a preoperative medication to sedate the patient and as a supplement to anesthesia during surgical procedures. Meperidine Hydrochloride also has cardiovascular effects and eases anxiety, this makes it used by patients with acute pulmonary edema.
Tolerance, Dependency and Withdrawal Syndrome
Regular use of Meperidine Hydrochloride can result in the patient developing a tolerance, requiring larger doses to acheive the desired effects. This can lead to the patient developing a physical and psychological addiction to the medication. When stopping its use the patient will experience strong withdrawal symptoms that can be painful and send them back to the medication for comfort.
Not only do people with prescriptions for Meperidine Hydrochloride tend to misuse and abuse the drug, people without prescriptions will use the drug for recreational purposes. Meperidine Hydrochloride can produce euphoric effects that are similar to that of heroin. Many use the drug thinking that it is safer than illicit drug use because it is prescribed by a medical Doctor. Meperidine Hydrochloride holds the same health risks and risk of dependency that illicit drugs would.
Signs of Meperidine Hydrochloride Abuse
- Intentional misuse of the medication
- Visiting multiple Doctors and Pharmacies for prescriptions
- Forging prescriptions
- Change in behavior and attitude
- Trouble concintrating
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Problems at home, work or school
- Legal Troubles
- Issues in personal relationships
- Thoughts and actions revloving around Meperidine Hydrochloride use
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping its use
Symptoms of Meperidine Hydrochloride Withdrawal
- loss of appetite
- cold, clammy skin
- Bone and muscle aches
Meperidine Hydrochloride Addiction Treatment
Meperidine Hydrochloride is a highly addictive substance. Within just a few short weeks of Meperidine Hydrochloride use a patient can develop a tolerance, requiring higher doses of the medication to find any relief from pain. When stopping the use of Meperidine Hydrochloride withdrawal symptoms will occur, making it difficult to stop its use without medical assistance.
When entering into an addiction treatment center the patient will receive an individualized treatment plan that holds many beneficial aspects to the recovery process. The first step to treatment process is typically medical detoxification. The patient will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to Meperidine Hydrochloride abuse. They will be weened off the medication so that they are not overwhelmed by symptoms of withdrawal. Therapy and counseling will help the patient to overcome the psychological withdrawal from Meperidine Hydrochloride and develop the key tools that they will need to maintain their sobriety.