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Meperidine Detox and Withdrawal

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Meperidine detox centers work to help patients overcome addiction to this fast-acting painkiller. Meperidine was the first synthetic opiod. It was created to help reduce spasms, and doctors quickly learned of its analgesic qualities. The drug acts very quickly to provide rapid relief of moderate to severe pain. Meperidine has a lower potency than many opiates, but its fast-acting nature leads many to overuse and abuse the medication. It has a wide variety of delivery methods and comes in many forms, including:

  • Tablets
  • Syrups
  • Intramuscular injections
  • Subcutaneous injections
  • Intravenous drips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that prescription painkiller abuse has increased by 300 percent since 1999. Meperidine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States under the Controlled Substances Act. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from the effects of addiction to meperidine, contact us at for a list of meperidine detox centers in your area.


The concept behind the processes used by meperidine detox centers is very similar to that used to treat other opiates. The primary goal in the detoxification process is to remove dangerous substances from the system of the user. Secondary goals include:

  • Reducing or eliminating dependence on all illicit drugs
  • Reducing the risks of severe injury or death from abuse
  • Improving overall mental and physical health
  • Prevent contraction or spread of illnesses related to drug abuse

The detoxification process itself is typically followed by periods of psychological counseling, group therapy session and follow-up medical tests to ensure that the psychological dependencies developed during a period of abuse do not lead to relapse. Meperidine has a high likelihood of relapse, and many detox centers require long-term treatment and follow-up appointments to help overcome these risks.


“Rehabilitation begins after the patient’s system has been cleansed of the medication.”Patients are typically admitted to the facility for the full duration of the detoxification process. The short duration of meperidine allows many patients to fully detox within 48 to 72 hours of admission, but the actual length of time required varies based on the frequency of use, dosages ingested and duration of overall abuse patterns. During this time, patients may experience any of the following common side effects related to opiate withdrawal:

  • Tremors
  • Cramps
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

Doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals will also monitor a patient during this process to prevent or lessen more dangerous adverse effects that may become life-threatening. Most meperidine detox centers discourage friends and family from visiting patients during this process but invite support following detoxification. Family support is often requested during the rehabilitation process.

Rehabilitation begins after the patient’s system has been cleansed of the medication. The process may include instruction on the effects of the drug and how to overcome psychological dependency and cravings, regular meetings with counselors or psychiatrists to identify potential relapse triggers, or group therapy sessions that allow members to share experiences and support. Call our support line at any time at for additional help or information on the processes used at meperidine withdrawal treatment facilities and the potential adverse effects of opiate withdrawal.

Additional Considerations

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there are over 13,000 treatment facilities in the United States. Not all of these locations provide support for opiate addiction, however. Patients should look for facilities close to friends or family. Local centers allow patients and doctors to quickly reach family members and family members to more easily participate in the rehabilitation process.

Patients may need to take an extended leave from work or other obligations to prevent interruption during the detoxification process. Many employers provide confidential medical insurance or other assistance that can help to offset costs related to detoxification, recovery or rehabilitation procedures. Not all centers employ the same methodologies; ask centers in your area for information on their meperidine detox programs and how they differ from other similar centers. For more information on detoxification or rehabilitation therapies and the location of meperidine detox centers near you, call .


  • Many countries have put severe limits on the use of meperidine, but it is still a very common drug.
  • Meperidine was very popular in the early 20th century but has fallen out of favor with the introduction of more effective synthetic opioids in the market.
  • Many physicians still use the medicine as a front-line painkiller.
  • Meperidine was originally developed as an alternative to morphine that offered less severe effects and risks of addiction. Neither of these claims has been proven.
  • Meperidine detox centers may employ opiate replacement therapy to help combat adverse effects caused by opiate withdrawal syndrome. This includes the introduction of similar, less addictive drugs to help alleviate life-threatening symptoms.

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