Demerol withdrawal can be life threatening and requires expert medically supervised detox and management.
Demerol withdrawal symptoms mirror those of other opioids and can be incredibly serious. While each user’s Demerol withdrawal symptoms will vary according to the frequency and duration of their abuse, some of the more common symptoms include anxiety, paranoia, agitation, sleep disorder, restlessness and irritability, stomach issues (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), flu-like symptoms, joint and muscle pain, excessive sweating, high blood pressure, hallucinations and more. Demerol withdrawal symptoms mirror those of heroin and other powerful prescription opioids and should be treated with the help of an experienced and qualified medical professional.
The timeline of Demerol withdrawal is different for every user, but generally occurs in three stages: early, acute and prolonged. Protracted Demerol withdrawal can last for months and can often require maintenance medications. Demerol withdrawal symptoms can occur in as little as six to eight hours after the last use. The early stage often lasts anywhere from 24-48 hours before symptoms are magnified during the acute stage. Acute withdrawal is considered the worst part of the process and it’s usually where patients experience the most discomfort and sickness. It can last for a few days, after which symptoms will taper.
Demerol should be treated through a medically supervised detoxification program where patients can get help for their acute symptoms and have the benefit of doctors and nurses onsite in the event of a medical emergency. Recovery Unplugged offers medical detoxification. We are determined to help you or your loved one overcome Demerol withdrawal and get on with your life. You don’t have to be afraid of the Demerol detox process. We are here to help. After Demerol withdrawal treatment, patients may need comprehensive rehab and behavior modification to prevent relapse. These drugs are incredibly powerful and can create serious changes to the brain’s chemistry so it’s important that users receive ongoing counseling to help them regain their lucidity and rebuild their lives.