Posted by rxnurse on December 10, 2003, at 18:21:25
In reply to Re: What happens in treatment center-Great Post!, posted by bsj on December 10, 2003, at 17:19:22
If Demerol is given IV, it may cause palpitaions and tachycardia. Besides being an excellent analgesic for some, it also provides as an anxiolytic. I have not idea why it would produce cardiac excitation, usually the opposite occurs. Maybe it has something to do with it's metabolite???? I have given it so infrequently these days, and most patients display the same side-effects. Everyone reacts differently to narcotics, but as long as their pain is more tolerable then the job is done. I have seen with my patients that Demerol is an excellent analgesic, more so than morphine.