What should I know about meperidine before taking it?

Do not take meperidine if you are allergic to it. The medication can be addictive. Never give meperidine to someone with a substance abuse problem. Do not drink alcohol while taking meperidine, as it can cause a fatal reaction. Be careful if you drive while taking meperidine, as it can impair your reaction time. Do not stop taking the medication suddenly as you may experience withdrawal symptoms. You may not be able to take meperidine if you have liver or kidney disease, a seizure disorder, a history of drug addiction, mental illness, breathing disorders, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, brain tumor, history of head injuries, gall bladder disease, adrenal gland disorders, urination problems, enlarged prostate or low blood pressure. Consult your doctor before taking meperidine if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. Meperidine may cause birth defects. Before taking meperidine, you should inform your doctor about any medications, vitamins or nutritional supplements you are taking. The following drugs can have harmful interactions with meperidine: pentazocine, butorphanol, buprenorphine and nalbuphine. Other sedatives and tranquilizers, narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxers and any medicines that cause drowsiness or slowed breathing, can have harmful interactions with meperidine.

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