Meperidine (otherwise known by the brand name Demerol) is much stronger than Vicodin but meperidine should not be taken for chronic pain. Meperidine should only be used in the treatment of acute episodes of moderate to severe pain. Prolonged Meperidine use may increase the risk of toxicity (e.g., seizures) from the accumulation of the Meperidine metabolite, norMeperidine. I am assuming that you mean you take 7.5/750mg Vicodin (or Vicodin ES, which is 7.5mg of the opioid hydrocodone and 750mg of acetaminophen, otherwise known as "tylenol") and not 750 pills. Meperidine is stronger and has more potential for abuse and they are a schedule II controlled drug, where Vicodin is a schedule III. This means that as a schedule II, you have to have a new written prescription for each fill. Your Dr cannot 'call it in" to the pharmacy and he cant give you refills like he can with Vicodin. If you have chronic pain and need daily medication the meperidine is not the drug for you.
- Meperidine Information for Consumers
- Meperidine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Meperidine (detailed)
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