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User Reviews for Demerol

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Pain  
9.5
63 reviews 1122 medications
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8.0
5 reviews 26 medications

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Reviews for Demerol

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

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

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

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
XcrossbonesX · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 4, 2013

For Pain: “This medicine is sadly being used less and less in the emergency rooms. I am tolerant to morphine and allergic to many other pain medications. Demerol not only stops the pain but it stops it for a good 14-16 hours if I am given 100 mg IM with 50 mg Gravol. I walk out of the ER on my own like I took a Tylenol. Takes a few hours to kick in but when it does I usually get the best 10-12 hours of sleep which helps decrease the pain since I can rest and let my muscles be at rest. I pray they do not discontinue this medicine. It helps many people for break through pain where others don't, especially for use people with CRPS and Fibromyalgia. It's a miracle medicine for me. I use this about 3 to 4 times a year if needed for breakthrough pain lasting more than 72 hours.”

10 / 10
ChocBrutus · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 27, 2013

For Pain: “I have arthritis and have tried many over the counter medicines as Aspirin, Motrin, etc. These medicines increased my diastolic blood pressure upwards of 30 points. (I already have high blood pressure). The doctor then tried Oxycodone and again my BP went significantly up. Hydrocodone had the same result. As a last resort for a pain med I was given Demerol (50MG). No increase in BP and no side effects. It takes upwards of two hours to kick in but does a good job of numbing pain. Apparently I am sensitive to all NSAIDS. (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications). ”

8 / 10
Chaz · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 6, 2019

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.”

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

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
robin56 May 6, 2008

For Pain: “After a fall and suffering a slow decline into osteoarthritis of the right hip, I had been managing pain with Vicodin for the last two years before I went for total joint replacement. Maybe I had built up a tolerance because after surgery, my pain was mind-boggling until it vanished "just like that". I asked the nurse what she just gave me and she said she tried a little Demerol via I.V. Amazing stuff when morphine didn't do it for me!!”

10 / 10
Donna le Bête-Noire · Taken for less than 1 month June 4, 2014

For Pain: “The last 4 weeks of my pregnancy, I began suffering severe gall bladder issues. After birth, I tried to tough it out, due to nursing. Ten weeks later (14 weeks on) I was in pain unlike anything I'd ever known! A stone had passed out of my gall bladder into the common duct shared with the pancreas, and had lodged in my pancreas - I was also suffering severe pancreatitis. AGONY would've been a blessing. After trying numerous medicines that didn't touch the pain, I was given Demoral. OH! MY! GAWD! I was in tears, because for the first time in months, I didn't feel like I was on Death's door. I'd forgotten what it meant to be pain - free! Every few hours, beautiful nurses came, and "topped me off". My "con"? For the first 20 minutes, I couldn't shut up!”

10 / 10
mooshoo · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 17, 2014

For Pain: “I had ruptured disks in my spine due to an ongoing issue I was having. I cannot take morphine because it does not react well with me. My doctor gave me 100 mg. 2X a day and for once in my life I didn't want to die anymore because I was in so much pain. I had tried everything Tylenol to oxycontin. Nothing even touched it. So I was very pleased and relieved when I found something that worked. And I can even move around with less pain.”

10 / 10
Anonymous February 7, 2012

For Pain: “I had a blood clot in my left lung. The pain, which morphine wouldn't even come close to touching, was unbearable. Every time I took a breath I would get a sharp stabbing pain. For 3 days I sat in a the chair in my hospital room because I couldn't lay back or put pressure on my back because of the pain. Then one night it got so bad that The nurse called my doctor and was able to give me a shot of Demerol. Needless to say that was the first night I actually slept and pretty comfortably I might add. Within 2 min of the shot the pain was completly gone and I could breath again.”

Anonymous March 7, 2012

For Pain: “I went into the hospital over the weekend for a pancreas attack. Nothing can be done for you other than pain management. I was given Demerol via IV and had the best sleep of my life that entire weekend. It was almost like a great vacation. It went in the IV, I said bye bye, and fell asleep for hours with no pain. I loved it, no withdrawal symptoms, no side effects. ”

10 / 10
Jen197666 September 2, 2010

For Pain: “I have been suffering for years with my lower back and degeneration disease in lower back. I have been on everything imaginable from Lortabs to Roxicodone. Today I was given 100mg Demerol along with Lortab 10's. I feel like I'm living now instead of just existing!”

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

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
Anonymous May 20, 2009

For Pain: “I was also told I was "Demerol specific" by a wonderful pain doctor. There is a small subset of folks who are Demerol specific. Usually Darvon works well on them too. I wish I were not Demerol specific. It is being pullled from all the ER's. Too many doctors even want the Demerol pills to be discontinued. Sad.”

10 / 10
Willie Gee August 4, 2009

For Pain: “As Percocet was not helping my back pain anymore my Doctor switched me to Demerol 100mg. Now my back pain is once again under control and I am only taking two pills a day instead of 6-8 Percocets. I have had no negative side effects as of yet. This is by far the most relief I've had in years. I've been on Vicodin, Percocet, MS Contin, naproxen, Norco 10mg and I've never had total relief until now. ”

8 / 10
Drugs.com Reviewer · Taken for less than 1 month January 6, 2015

For Pain: “Demerol provides very clean pain relief. It simply turns off the pain like a switch. I felt no euphoria, numbness, thickening or noticeable impairment. It is highly restricted and after the critical period the medication was switched to something less addictive yet far less effective and carrying unwanted baggage. ”

10 / 10
Anonymous September 17, 2009

For Pain: “I've been on pain therapy for two years with a cracked disc in my neck and two bulging discs also in my neck. They have caused loss of function in my right arm and severe migraines and back pain. We started with Vicodin and then moved to Percocet. I have built up a tolerance and never received total relief so my doctor put me on Demerol last week. I have to say the pain relief it gives me is great but the doctor told me to stop the Percocet completely. I think I should have tapered down first because I have had withdrawal symptoms for several days (night sweats, insomnia, etc) Demerol is great but if you've been on long term pain medicine, when you switch make sure you discuss with your doctor the side effects of transitioning from one medicine to another.”

8 / 10
frankmeister March 1, 2009

For Pain: “Used this for spinal pain, three black discs lumbar with contact to spinal column sciatica, thoracic protrusions, two severe spinal sprains to mid back, and three cervical discs contact spinal column and neck problems. This medicine worked very well for the pain taken four times daily at 50mg, per dose. Had no side effects.”

10 / 10
kid stone · Taken for less than 1 month March 1, 2018

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
diamonds53 July 11, 2008

For Pain: “I went to a Surgical Center as a patient for out patient Bladder Surgery. In the recovery room i was given 2 shots of Demerol in my IV to help the bladder pain. Much to my surprise I felt like a human being again because the demerol also relieved a migraine headache I had for about 10 days.”

9 / 10
lola99 · Taken for less than 1 month February 10, 2013

For Pain: “I was given this for pain associated with Crohn's disease and for a migraine during a hospital stay. It works great for pain, lasting longer than Dilaudid. Only down side is both times it made me throw up even though I was given anti nausea medication 30 minutes beforehand.”

8 / 10
Brick wall March 19, 2015

For Pain: “I suffer from bladder seizures. My doctor put me on demerol in 1997. I take 100mg twice a day. I have tried other meds, such as Percocet, oxycodone but those gave me too many side effects. I'm allergic to codeine. Each month I see my doctor and get a new prescription. I just found out my pharmacy ( Medicine Shop) cannot get it in any size dosage anymore! I tried Walgreens, Walmart and CVS. No one carries it or is willing to try to get it. What's going on? My only alternative is 12-16 Advil a day, every day.”

10 / 10
wannaknoplz March 1, 2017

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
Purrsy2013 February 13, 2020

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
glgl2238 July 1, 2016

For Pain: “Dulls pain from Fibromyalgia including bad headache, lower back and lower neck pain. Only problem is that BIG PHARMA is making it tough to get. They want everyone hooked on NSAIDS and Acetaminophen. The side effects form NSAIDS are far worse than Demerol and similar Opiods. Using NSAIDS or Acetaminophen causes me serious Blood Pressure increases taking me well in to the danger zone. Demerol not only has no side effects, at least for me, but actually lowers my BO. If forced to take NSAIDS, I would have to take BP meds which for most part I am allergic to. I take Demerol, as a last resort only when actually needed normally < 5mth.”

8 / 10
sick and in pain July 6, 2011

For Pain: “This medication even though only one half absorbed orally was the best pain medicine I have ever used for my Lupus pain. It worked fast and if I was not in Pain in 3-4 hrs. I did not have a hung over effect. I have not taken this medicine in several years because the pain medicines were swapped to Dilaudid for several years. Demerol is not as strong which was great and did not cause constipation.”

10 / 10
kchan September 17, 2019

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

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