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Can I use Demerol if I have a history of lung disease?

If you have a history of lung disease, talk to your doctor before taking Demerol (meperidine), a prescription drug for moderate to severe short-term pain. Demerol can make breathing problems worse for people who have conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Even normal doses of Demerol can slow or stop breathing in someone whose lungs are already compromised. Your doctor is likely to be very cautious when prescribing Demerol for you.

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