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meperidine hydrochloride (demerol)

available over the counter: no

uses: moderate to severe pain

mechanism of action: acts on spinal cord and brain

side effects

  • common: dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, itching
  • less common: euphoria, flushing of face

concerns: prolonged use can cause dependence and nerve damage; do not stop abruptly; consult your doctor

 

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