What is Meperidine (Pethidine)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Demerol Meperitab

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Meperidine, also known as pethidine, is a opioid pain reliever that may be used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 28 11
Migraine headaches 12 3
Fibromyalgia 11 4
Migraine 3 2
Muscle and joint pain 2 2
Arthritis pain 1 1

Show all 13 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
4
Mild
9
None
6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meperidine (Pethidine)

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 3
Constipation 2
Itching 2
Dizziness 1
Drowsiness 1
Hard stool 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Meperidine (Pethidine)

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Meperidine (Pethidine)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 6
Other 6
Side effects too severe 4
Course of treatment ended 3
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Meperidine (Pethidine)

Duration

Currently taking Meperidine (Pethidine)

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Meperidine (Pethidine)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 6
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 8
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Meperidine (Pethidine) after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Fentanyl (Actiq) 1
Morphine (Morphine ER) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 1

Patients stopped taking Meperidine (Pethidine) and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Meperidine (Pethidine)

Jul 2, 2008 (Started Jun 25, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: sleepiness, sleepiness

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