What is Meperidine?

 The brand name version of Meperidine is called Demerol. It has an abuse potential similar to that of morphine, but it should not be used for treatment of chronic pain. Meperidine should only be used in the treatment of acute episodes of severe pain due to the risk of seizures from the accumulation of meperidine metabolites, namely normeperidine, if it is used long term. In addition to seizures, it can also cause serotonin syndrome if used in combination with certain medications. It is available in intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous, syrup, and tablet forms.  


How Long Does Meperidine Withdrawal Last?

The onset of withdrawal symptoms roughly starts about three- twenty four hours after last use. Symptoms typically peak around three days and start to decrease in intensity after the first week. Some symptoms may be presented for a prolonged period of time depending on the severity of the addiction.

The Family MD Specializes in Meperidine Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment

We offer Medication- assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) to help patients overcome Meperidine addiction and withdrawal. Get started today by scheduling a virtual visit with one of our board- certified doctors. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on lunch break, we’ve got you covered and are here to make recovery easy. Click here to schedule now.  




How it works

It is important to first stop all Meperidine use. You must wait until you have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms (generally 12- 72 hours) before taking your first dose of Suboxone. If it is taken too early, it can force you into precipitated withdrawal, which is both very uncomfortable and may be dangerous. Continue as directed by your doctor and that’s it. Generally 95% of our patient’s do not have any withdrawal symptoms after the first 5-7 days of starting Suboxone. You may also request additional medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms so that you can continue with your day to day activities (work, school, etc) without skipping a beat .