Demeral is routinely prescribed to treat pain that ranges from moderate to very severe. Demeral is also spelled “Demerol” and contains the active ingredient meperidine. This drug belongs to a group known as narcotic analgesics. Demeral is often given to people who have been in car accidents or for women who are in labor.
Demeral must be taken exactly as prescribed by a doctor as an overdose could result in a number of dangerous health complications. Demerol is available in pill form that can be taken at home if necessary. It is recommended that this drug be taken with a glass of water. For those with sensitive stomachs, it is a good idea to take Demeral with a glass or milk and/or with food. Demeral can be prescribed as a syrup. If you are prescribed the syrup dosage make sure you properly measure out the dosage with the measuring spoon that is provided with the prescription and not a regular tablespoon that you have at home. Taking the necessary quantity of Demeral at a time is extremely important for its effectiveness. If you are not given a special “dose-measuring device” with your prescription ask your pharmacist where you can obtain one for proper measuring purposes.
Many hospitals administer Demeral to patients in the form of an injection. Your doctor can also give you an injection of this doctor at his or her office if you are in pain. In some cases a patient can give themselves Demeral injections at home. It is important to receive detailed instructions from your doctor or healthcare provider in regards to preparing the Demeral, injecting it into your body and finally storing it properly.
It is essential that you never take more Demeral at any one time then the doctor has prescribed for you. If you are suffering more pain than the drug cannot adequately treat then it is time to talk with your doctor about other forms of pain medication that are available to you.
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