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User Reviews for Demerol

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Pain 9.5
63 reviews 1117 medications
Light Sedation 8.0
5 reviews 28 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
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
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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Johnny C. July 30, 2016

For Pain: “My lifelong Dr retired a year ago, he prescribed me Meperidine 100mg tabs QID, and MS Contin 60mg TID. Best relief and combo for pain EVER! No side effects, NO pain! He also gave me IM shots of Meperidine 100ng-150mg, mixed with Valium 10mg in office, as needed for breakthrough Crohns symptoms. My new doctor kept me on the MS Contin, but refuses to provide Meperidine. He switched me to Oxymorphone IR 10mg, 1-2 tabs QID as needed. It doesn't come close to providing the pain relief the Meperidine did, for my back, shoulder, and Crohns related pain! I don't know what the big deal is with the Opana, it sure doesn't help me at all!! Show me all the charts you want to, Opana does not work as good as Demerol!, nor anything else I've been put on!”

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
Keeks101 May 9, 2016

For Pain: “Given for shoulder surgery. Worked better than any meds I've taken. I can sleep at night. I don't take them often just when the pain is unbearable.”

9 / 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 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
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
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
Austin0533 May 14, 2014

For Pain: “Got Demerol at ER when I had severe abdominal pain. I watched her inject it while I was sitting up. I immediately felt warm and got a head-rush. Great Medication, took ALL the pain away.”

10 / 10
MzTT · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 12, 2014

For Light Sedation: “My pain Doctor gives me this now along with Phenergan in I.M injection, prior to my epidural treatments, for my lower back (twisted tail bone), Bulging discs, neck epidurals, and botox for my migraines. This combination works very well for me in sedation and pain relief, so I can tolerate the epidurals. My system can't tolerate any other medicines very well, so I am thankful for Demerol, as it does not make me sick or have any hangover feeling.”

10 / 10
Flipjack January 6, 2014

For Light Sedation: “Demerol stimulates me and during my last 3 mild sedation procedures the more Demerol they gave me the more stimulated I became, causing me to be wide awake during the procedures.”

1 / 10
Krickee August 28, 2013

For Pain: “This medicine was given to me at hospital after my car accident. It worked great, except it made me nauseated and I vomited after a large dose. Works really well.”

9 / 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