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Potential side effects of meperidine include facial flushing, lightheadedness, vomiting, and dry mouth. In many cases, side effects of the medication are minor and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily. However, certain side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately, including slow or irregular breathing, muscle twitches, or disorientation.
- Agitation, disorientation, or hallucinations
- Shakiness, seizures, muscle twitches, or other abnormal muscle movements
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia) or fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension) or high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Signs of serotonin syndrome, such as:
- The urge to take more meperidine than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose
- Difficulty passing urine
- Slow or irregular breathing
- Chest pain or heart palpitations
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Difficulty breathing.