MEPERITAB


 

MEPERITAB Drug Information

Drug Name: MEPERITAB

MEPERITAB DESCRIPTION:
MEPERIDINE - ORAL TABLET (meh-PAIR-id-een)

COMMON MEPERITAB BRAND NAME(S):
Demerol

MEPERITAB SIDE EFFECTS:
Stomach upset, blurred vision, drowsiness, constipation, dizziness or lightheadedness may occur. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: rapid heart rate, fainting, mood changes, hallucinations, tremors. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

HOW TO USE MEPERITAB:
MEPERITAB: Take this by mouth with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Because MEPERITAB is more effective for preventing pain than treating once it occurs, this is usually taken regularly for a short time. Use MEPERITAB exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because MEPERITAB can be habit-forming. Also, if used for an extended period, do not suddenly stop using MEPERITAB without your doctor's approval. Over time, MEPERITAB may not work as well. Consult your doctor if MEPERITAB is not relieving the pain sufficiently.

MEPERITAB USES:
MEPERITAB is a narcotic analgesic used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

MEPERITAB PRECAUTIONS:
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: asthma (or other breathing problems), kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, head injury, seizure disorder, depression, drug dependency, any drug allergies. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Use caution when engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcohol consumption because it will add to the dizziness/drowsiness effects of MEPERITAB. The elderly and children may be more sensitive to the effects of MEPERITAB. Use cautiously. MEPERITAB should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. MEPERITAB is excreted into breast milk. Though to date, no harm has been noted to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

MEPERITAB DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), chlorpromazine, cimetidine. Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that make you drowsy, such as: antidepressants, medication for seizures, sleeping pills, other narcotic pain medication (e.g., codeine), tranquilizers. Limit your intake of alcohol while taking MEPERITAB. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

MEPERITAB OVERDOSE:
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include cold and clammy skin, low body temperature, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

MEPERITAB NOTES:
Do not share MEPERITAB with others. It is against the law.

MISSED MEPERITAB DOSE:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

MEPERITAB STORAGE:
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.


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