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Can I use Demerol if I have an irregular heartbeat?

If you have an irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation or flutter, talk to your doctor before taking Demerol (meperidine). This prescription medication for moderate to severe short-term pain could raise your heart rate to dangerous levels.

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