What is Demerol IV?
Meperidine injection is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It may be used before or during surgery, or to relieve pain during labor or delivery. Meperidine belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines). It acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain.
Why do hospitals not use Demerol?
Hospitals and outpatient clinics don’t use Demerol as often as they used to because of safety issues: Demerol can be toxic when taken in high doses, and it has a long list of side effects, which include: Respiratory depression (slowed breathing)
How long does Demerol last during labor?
Meperidine for pain relief Demerol. Meperidine is used to relieve pain, particularly during childbirth. It is usually given by injection and provides pain relief for up to four hours.
How is IV Demerol administered?
It is usually injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly once every 3 to 4 hours as needed. Use meperidine injection exactly as directed. Your doctor may adjust your dose of meperidine injection during your treatment, depending on how well your pain is controlled and on the side effects that you experience.
What is Demerol toxicity?
Meperidine hydrochloride is a prescription painkiller. It is a type of drug called an opioid. Meperidine hydrochloride overdose occurs when someone takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine. This can be by accident or on purpose.
Is Demerol a strong pain medicine?
Demerol is a strong prescription pain medicine that is used to manage the relief short-term pain, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them. Careless use of Demerol can put you at risk of overdose and death.
When can I have pethidine in labour?
Pethidine is given during the first stage of labour, when your cervix is opening up from being tightly closed to fully dilated. This is the period before you start pushing. Your midwife may suggest a vaginal examination to see how far your cervix has dilated, before giving you pethidine.
What is Demerol commonly used for?
Meperidine is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It may also be used before and during surgery or other procedures. Meperidine belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics and is similar to morphine. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
How often can you give Demerol IV?
Meperidine injection comes as a solution (liquid) to inject subcutaneously (just under the skin), intramuscularly (into a muscle), or intravenously (into a vein). It is usually injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly once every 3 to 4 hours as needed.
What do you give for Demerol overdose?
While taking meperidine, you should talk to your doctor about having a rescue medication called naloxone readily available (e.g., home, office). Naloxone is used to reverse the life-threatening effects of an overdose.
What is the antidote for Demerol?
The narcotic antagonist, naloxone hydrochloride, is a specific antidote against respiratory depression which may result from overdosage or unusual sensitivity to narcotics, including meperidine.
How many times can you have pethidine in labour?
The injections can be repeated every few hours during labour, if needed. If you are being given pethidine for other types of pain (such as after an operation), the injection can be repeated every four hours.