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User Reviews for Meperidine

Also known as: Demerol, Meperitab

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Reviews for Meperidine

Jake · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 6, 2021

For Pain: “I had a doctor accidentally hit a nerve with a needle, so I can't be too hard on the proceeder, since Medicare requires it prior to "radio-frequency therapy". I had used it before, and no drug came even close to since I was a tennis professional, and tended to be a "roadrunner" on the tennis courts; now I pay dearly. The onset of meperidine is about 15 minutes vs 1 hour with Percocet, and it lasts far longer with no real side effects. *Now it is gone off the market!*”

10 / 10
Jetbanana · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 15, 2021

For Pain: “Good news! Yesterday I was able to find a local pharmacy that was able to obtain liquid Meperidine to replace my 50 mg tablets that had been discontinued. 1 tsp of the liquid equals 50 mg. My doctor was more than happy to write a prescription for it. My pharmacist told me that they supply it to a children’s hospital, so you might want to look for a pharmacy that does the same if you have difficulty finding it. My research indicates that the liquid might have been discontinued also, but my pharmacist says he is still able to get it for now. Good luck on your search. PS Like many of you, I am allergic to all other opioids except for meperidine, so this was a big find for me.”

10 / 10
Jeanie · Taken for 10 years or more January 7, 2021

For Pain: “I have a very sensitive stomach and migraines. It was the only pain meds that I could tolerate. I can't even take ibuprofen. I have tried everything. Please put it back on the market.”

10 / 10
Debster · Taken for 10 years or more September 17, 2020

For Pain: “I am dying in pain without it. It worked so well. Cannot take anything else. Life is so hard with out it! PLEASE PUT IT BACK ON THE RX SHELVES. Severe chronic spine pain makes life miserable? ”

10 / 10
Kel · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 4, 2020

For Pain: “Meperidine is literally the only thing I can take and get pain relief. After many years I had to just stop taking it because I couldn't get it and to my surprise they weren't making it anymore. How is this possible for patients to just stop and now have nothing! What a dangerous situation this has caused for all patients. Bring it back or tell us where to get it. I beg you. I'm allergic to so much. Even had gene DNA testing to show what drugs would be effective and which would be harmful. Demerol was the number 1 on the I can take list. No relief for me. My MS or other conditions I suffer with pain everyday now!”

10 / 10
Sparky1 · Taken for 10 years or more July 26, 2020

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I had migraine from time I was 18 yo. I would have to go to dr. office to get a shot as I had to work. About 1984 my dr. give me the 50 mg. Meperidine tabs. I controlled my migraines by using half a pill when needed. Most times a months prescription lasted me four to six months. I never got dizzy or anything when taking it. I did use phenagen for nausea. I am allergic to morphine, codeine, imatrex and a variety of other meds including antibiotic s. Allergies occurred in hospitals. My neurologist has no problem prescribing it for me but I can't find any place to fill it so for six months I have had to put up with horrible headaches. VA pharmacy has it but my neurologist isn't in the Optum system for prescription, only medical part, so they won't fill it. The latest VA give me, Topamax. It don't help, it only messes my INR up for my warfarin. Even my PA has stated I don't abuse drugs. But she can't prescribe it and the dr. won't. Demeral is only pain med I have not had reaction to. Now what?”

10 / 10
Biggiepain · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 30, 2020

For Pain: “I took Demerol for over five years for chronic back and shoulder pain. I have had seven shoulder surgeries and two back surgeries. I tried all pain meds and had terrible reactions. When this was suddenly unavailable I had no withdrawal symptoms at all. Had to start over finding new BT med. Found that Percocet didn’t make me sick and works ok. Also have Fentenyl patch for years. They need to bring this back. It works for so many.”

10 / 10
Hey · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 23, 2020

For Pain: “After 2 neck surgeries, more bulging discs and having fibromyalgia the only thing that has helped me with pain that didn't cause a reaction was Meperidine. I can't take anything else, regular tylenol does nothing & I am allergic to ibuprofen. I would take it sometimes 4 days in a row or if a severe storm system was coming in. After that I wouldn't need it for 3-4 weeks. I am very upset that they would discontinue something that has helped so many people. These companies need to get this prescription back on the market.”

10 / 10
Kiko · Taken for 10 years or more March 23, 2020

For Pain: “I'm sick over the discontinuation of meperidine. It was the only pain RX that helped and didn't make me feel sick, or light headed. I took it for years and all of a sudden, it's gone. A pharmacist from Pfizer said they would resume production sometime in January - due to a missing ingredient. Now I'm taking Tramadol and it's meh...and clogs me us something fierce.”

10 / 10
Ronsterman · Taken for less than 1 month March 15, 2020

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “It was around 1999 driving to the airport starting to feel a mild pain in my stomach. Another couple miles and I had to pull over I was grabbing my gut. I remember sprawling on the side of the road in agony as my wife is trying to understand what was happening. We made it to the hospital a few blocks away I remember laying in fetal position in bathroom moaning like sick a cow. Eventually they looked at me and figured out I had a kidney stone and shot me with 75 mg of Demerol. From worst pain in my life to utter bliss instantly. I'll never forget you my beautiful Demerol.”

10 / 10
Martins · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 14, 2020

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “Since the fork lift accident amputated my thumb back in 2003 I was with excruciating pain, I saw my own bone sticking up my hand the I don't want remember that trauma. I was rushed to the ER the gave me demerol in the vein the pain goes away and I felt like all was just a dream. Then woke up in the hospital. Took me 6 months to regain my hand back with demerol help. Now I can use my hand again thanks to rehabilitation and the demerol.”

10 / 10
Purrsy2013 February 13, 2020

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I also find Demerol to be the most effective pain medicine. I have only been given it in hospital. When I had my surgery in 2009 I asked for Demerol, and the nurse was excited because there was one vial remaining after the phase out. Why can’t doctors, and the medical community understand that people are different? “They have found it is not as effective” well it is for me! Also, if someone has used it for 10 years, as some have stated, they are not going to develop toxicity. Having said that, when I was reading about the dangers, I recalled visiting my dad in hospital right after they had prepped him for surgery (with Demerol), and him being on all fours on his hospital bed, catheter, hospital gown, IVs and all, talking about the dogs in the trees, and looking crazed! (But delighted) So he may have been in trouble with prolonged use. No matter, I am happy right now because it sounds like it might be back around! The only upside to any potential hospitalization...”

10 / 10
skyebellalynn · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 3, 2020

For Pain: “I need pain medication about 3 times a week. The only pain medication that has worked for me (and I have tried many others) is meperidine, 50 mg tablet. Now it has been taken it off the market. Does anyone know if this is a permanent situation or will it be available in the future?”

8 / 10
Bob January 23, 2020

For Pain: “I have been taking meperidine 50 mg for lower back pain for YEARS as needed. Hydrocodone ,anything with codeine makes me violently sick. This drug had no side effects and my pain is moderated to where I can function as a human being. Now Dr prescribes a morphine based drug that is "more money" what the is going on here ???Am 73 and have had a great life now "uncle" is telling me what I should take for pain as I am well aware what works for me and what does not .”

10 / 10
Chaz · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 6, 2019

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “Years ago when I suffered from debilitating migraines I was given 50 mg tablets of Demerol. I took one every few weeks/days as needed. Never needed more than 2 or 3 in a month. After I stopped taking birth control pills the migraines stopped. Recently when I broke my foot I was given Tramadol. This stuff had me on all fours heaving up my toenails til morning. Doctors told me they are exactly the same. This is not true. Since then I've had a dislocated jaw, and found out that hydro- anything has me heaving and dizzy. Why did they have to take away a perfectly effective medicine and what is this garbage that just makes me sick? Bring back Demerol.”

Ruby · Taken for 10 years or more September 26, 2019

For Pain: “I have suffered with RSD for 24 years and after trying all different meds for pain the demerol tab is the only pain med that allows me to live as normal life as possible I have been on the demerol for more than 18 years with no negative side effects Now that it is not being produced and is not available I have nothing to take to touch my pain I am at a loss Pain clinics at this point have no other treatments to offer me nor any new meds I need relief quickly But where do I turn now?”

10 / 10
kchan September 17, 2019

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “Was given to control pain from a laproscopy gall bladder surgery in the mid 90s. Let the pain stop and let me sleep 4 hrs at a time, easy to step down off of to non prescription pain meds and no addiction. Used for 2 weeks. Recently was hospitalized for cellulitis pain that had me unable to put foot to ground, and with a lot of drug allergies the hospitalist asked me what I could take, they weren't impressed and said "I don't even think we have Advil here", not that that was working for me anyways, and I said I'd once had Demoral and it seemed to work well.The Hospitalist actually laughed and said "that old school drug, where the heck you think we'll find that at nowadays?" They gave me morphine instead, which while it did take away the pain, left me feeling really weird. I was given another dose 4 hours , and while it did help with the pain, it wasn't as good at it as Demoral had been. It really worked well on abdominal pain from laproscopy surgery, shame its not used anymore.”

10 / 10
Sue · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 9, 2019

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I am a rare breed of a human being! I have so many allergic reactions to medication most antibiotics and anti inflammatory medication and even worse most pain medication. This medication I can take. I have several chronic conditions RSD/CRPS , fibromyalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, migraines, anxiety, and insomnia. I take several different medications. I go to pain management clinic. I have recently had to change my pain medication. Only other one they have found I can take. They changed because my pharmacist can no longer get Demerol 50mg tablets. It kept my pain under control. I want it back. The trigeminal neuralgia has been worse ever since I started the new stuff ! Please help me to get relief with Demerol, or Meperidine. Where can I get it !”

10 / 10
Jen 661 · Taken for less than 1 month June 2, 2019

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I do not know why you hardly see this drug anymore. It has to be the standard for ER's and now most places use morphine or hydromorphine. Actually in this day of age you are lucky to get a aspirin today in most ER. They no longer treat flair up for chronic pain issues instead they tell you to call the doctor on the day your doctor office is closed or on vacation.”

kid stone · Taken for less than 1 month March 1, 2018

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I've had kidney stones 4 different times, mainly from being dehydrated. My first visit to the ER was by ambulance where they gave me morphine - it didn't even begin to help with the pain. The morphine left me weirdly stoned and still in intense pain. In the ER they gave me demerol. It was like a miracle had happened - no pain. After that I have always refused morphine and requested demerol.”

10 / 10
Barpap · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 13, 2017

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “Fractured my 61 year old hip in January 2017. I have been using Fentanyl patches for 2 years, 100mcg and Percocet for breakthrough. These are meds for some painful back, neck and nerve conditions. Also get accupuncture treatments. I knew about demeral after breaking multiple bones in a car accident in 1982. In the hospital the nurse came regularly with an injection. Upon release I received long and short acting meds one being demeral. Since that time I've required pain medication, the most recent the fractured hip which required surgery. The hospital gave me a demeral injection only one time, after surgery to get me to my room. It's the only 40 mins I wasn't in strong pain. It's beyond my understanding why demeral is withheld.”

10 / 10
wannaknoplz March 1, 2017

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I am allergic to morphine and that is how I ended up taking Demerol.I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia Disease.This causes me to experience extremely painful episodes in my joints which are crippling at times and can last for one to two months.Enough about me can someone just please tell us why they would discontinue the most helpful and healing medication ever invented.”

10 / 10
Resting in peace September 9, 2016

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “I had a tubual pregnancy in 1984. Never even had stitches in my life before that. There was alot of pain. I was so thankful for demerol , believe me ! The nurse gave injection around hip ,butt area and it made me so relaxed and out of pain that I could sleep. Thankful for that drug.”

10 / 10
Dr. Feel-normal · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 8, 2016

Demerol (meperidine) for Pain: “For those of you having trouble finding Demerol or any other hard to find analgesics, or any medication for that matter, forget big chains. Try going to the closest hospital pharmacy. They tend to carry things that other pharmacies do not. They also are able to more order things much easier because as a hospital, they must have these things available for people with allergies, etc. I wish the FDA/DEA would realize how harmful NSAIDs (especially ibuprofen) can be, and that everyone is different. What works for one may have horrible side effects for another. When taken responsibly narcotic analgesics are less harmful to the body, and this is a subject that i have researched extensively. For now, try bringing ur scrip to the hospital pharmacy!”

10 / 10
Grateful for Demorol July 31, 2016

For Pain: “After a bad stint operation I have been left with serious nerve damage that causes me severe pain daily. I already had enough pain due to bulging discs and curvature of the spine causing sciatic nerve pain. After four operations in a one month period involving instruments being inserted into my ephemeral artery, there is a lot of nerve damage in my right leg now as well. Needless to say, it's difficult to get up each day with intense pain in my back and leg as soon as my mind registers consciousness.Beside"regular" daily pain, I also have the occasional "sciatic lock" pain. Anyone who suffers sciatic nerve pain knows what I mean. Only experience can convey the pain. After trying every drug on the market, only Meperedine works for me!”

10 / 10

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