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There are many precautions and warnings with meperidine to be aware of, including knowing who should not use this drug. Although meperidine was once very popular, it is now recommended that it be avoided if possible (as serious side effects have resulted). Since meperidine has significant abuse potential, it is not a good choice for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Meperidine?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking meperidine hydrochloride (Demerol®) if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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