Demerol Abuse & Addiction
Demerol is a Schedule II controlled substance and prescription opioid analgesic. It is primarily used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is not advisable to use this medication for any form of long-term treatment.
The generic base of Demerol is meperidine. Demerol is derived from the pods of the opium poppy plant and has been synthesized into tablet and syrup form. Almost 5 million Americans are addicted to prescription narcotic painkillers like Demerol, Medscape reports.
Dangers of Demerol Misuse
Demerol isn’t preferable over other prescription opioids painkillers due to the high incidence of adverse side effects like lethargy, low blood pressure, faintness, and double vision. When abusing Demerol, the potential for these side effects increases. There is also the possibility of severe effects, such as cardiac arrest, respiratory depression, and delirium.
The Journal of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety reports nearly 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms across America for events caused by the nonmedical use of Demerol. Many abusers of prescription painkillers end up using heroin down the road, too. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration attests to four out of five new heroin users reported past nonmedical misuse of prescription pain relievers. Unfortunately, many who abuse Demerol end up losing their lives to the potent drug.
Signs of Demerol Addiction
When opiates like Demerol are used or abused, they flood dopamine receptors. Filling these receptors causes them to release an overabundance of dopamine, thereby producing a euphoric high in the user. Over time, the repetition of this process trains receptors to work on demand under the influence of Demerol, and they no longer function properly on their own without it. Therefore, it can be difficult to feel pleasure or happiness when not using.
Additional signs of Demerol addiction include:
- You have to use more Demerol now than you used to just to achieve the same high.
- Even though you’ve suffered many setbacks and personal struggles due to your abuse of the Demerol, you keep doing it.
- You tried to quit a few times but haven’t been successful.
- Sometimes you set goals for yourself to use less often or decrease your doses, and you can’t seem to stick to them.
- You don’t spent time with loved ones anymore, because you’d rather be using.
- You are thinking about or preparing to abuse Demerol most of the time.
Coming off Demerol is a rough experience inclusive of the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Throwing up or feeling like you have to
- Easily irritated
- Mood swings
- Extreme fatigue and overall weakness
- Muscle aches
- Sleep troubles
Demerol Treatment Options
Treatment options for Demerol addiction include therapy, support groups and medication-assisted treatment.
The primary form of medication treatment for opiate addiction in America is methadone. This drug has been around since 1939 and alleviates most of the discomfort of withdrawal.
Buprenorphine is another great choice in treating and opiate addiction. While methadone requires that addicts check in with a medical professional or counselor every day to receive their dose of medication, buprenorphine is more lenient and allows for take-home prescribing practices.
In addition, it is less susceptible to abuse since Suboxone, a branded form of it, came onto the market in 2002. This drug contains an additive — naloxone — that limits its abuse potential by creating a ceiling effect so addicts cannot receive a high from the drug no matter how much of it they take. Success rates have varied for buprenorphine-based drugs.
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