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Can I use Demerol if I am taking medications for HIV?

If you're being treated with the HIV medication ritonavir, you should not take Demerol (meperidine). Ritonavir can increase the level of meperidine, the active ingredient in Demerol, or its breakdown product, normeperidine, in your body. This could put you at risk for serious side effects. Demerol is a narcotic medication that's used to treat moderate to severe short-term pain.

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