Demerol Addiction and Sedation Detoxification

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Demerol RAPID DETOX UNDER SEDATION

Rapid detox under sedation is a medical detoxification treatment offered by All Opiates Detox for patients dependent on the opiate Demerol (generic name Meperidine). Rapid opiate detox consists of sedating the patient and removing the opiate Demerol from the brain receptor while the patient is sleeping. Acute withdrawals are precipitated with an opiate blocker. These withdrawals will pass during the sedation period. Once the withdrawals are over, and the brain receptors are free of the opiate codeine, a blocker is placed to prevent any opiates from getting back into the brain receptor.

The blocker of choice used at All Opiates Detox is an implant. Dr. George prefers the Naltrexone implant blocker for several reasons. First, the Naltrexone implant lasts approximately two months, as opposed to Vivitrol (lasts about 28 days) or tablets (have to be taken daily). Another reason our physicians prefer the Naltrexone blocker implant over the injection is for patients that may not be able to tolerate Naltrexone due to side effects, sensitivity or allergies. The implant can be removed from under the skin, whereas the injection stays in the body for about 28 days and therefore cannot be removed once it is administered. It is recommended to stay on Naltrexone maintenance therapy for at least one year to allow the brain to heal from the damage caused by the drug use and abuse.

Our success rate is near 100% for helping patients detox off opiates without the excruciating pain and discomfort of the withdrawals. Aftercare consisting of the Naltrexone opiate blocker, psychotherapy, and 12 step programs are recommended to ensure long-term abstinence and success.

Demerol DETAILS

Demerol (brand name for the compound Meperidine) is an opiate used for moderate to severe pain. Demerol injection was widely used in hospitals for labor and delivery. Its use (for labor) dropped tremendously due to its potential drug interactions and toxic metabolite. Demerol is available in tablets, oral solution, and injection. It has a very rapid onset of action, 1 minute for the injection and 15-45 minutes for the oral. The duration of only two to four hours following administration is short when compared to Morphine. Demerol is a Schedule II drug since it has a high potential for addiction and abuse.

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Demerol SIDE EFFECTS

Common side effects include constipation, drowsiness, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Due to its metabolite, norpethidine, Demerol has unique, severe side effects, unlike other opiates. These additional, severe side effects include delirium  dysphoria, seizures, tremor, and serotonin syndrome

Demerol WITHDRAWALS

Similar to other opiates, physical symptoms of Demerol (Meperidine) withdrawal include chills, headache, hypertension (high blood pressure), muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, sweating and watery eyes.

Psychological symptoms of withdrawals from Demerol include agitation, anxiety, depression, disorientation, insomnia, and irritability.

Demerol OVERDOSE

Demerol overdose symptoms include bluish fingertips and lips, blurred vision, cold or clammy skin, confusion, hallucinations, slow heartbeat, small pupils, twitching, loss of consciousness, coma and death.

Demerol ABUSE

Demerol may be abused more than other prescription opiates since it has a fast onset of action. Improper use and abuse of Demerol can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

Opiates can be habit-forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals (vomiting) may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.

Using opiates for an extended period can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.

Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Demerol (Meperidine). Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Demerol physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the meperidine opiate user.

Improper use and abuse of Demerol can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

Opiates can be habit forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long term use.

Using opiates for an extended period of time can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria.

Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Demerol. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Demerol physical dependence symptoms, such as withdrawals, lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Demerol opiate user.

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