Meperidine belongs to a family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers and works by lessening pain perception center of the brain. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain and is often used before and during surgery and also for pain relief during labor and delivery. It may also be used for other purposes.
Do not consume alcohol not even moderate drinking while using Demerol as the side effects will be greatly increased and sometimes fatal.
It is highly addictive and should not be used by those with a history of alcohol or drug addiction.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use if you are allergic to narcotic pain relievers or if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days.
Before taking the drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, breathing disorders, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, history of head injury, brain tumor, epilepsy, seizure disorder, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, Addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorders, enlarged prostate, urination problems, mental illness, history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are constipation, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, dry mouth, sweating, itching, changes in urination or loss of interest in sex.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizure, cold clammy skin, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness, light headed or faint.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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