Who should not take Demerol?

Due to the habit-forming nature of Demerol, you should not take it if you have a history of drug addiction or alcoholism. You should also avoid Demerol if you have a known allergy to meperidine or if you are using monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. Demerol isn't recommended for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. There are several other circumstances or conditions that require special consideration if your doctor plans to prescribe Demerol. Specific doses or tests may be necessary if you have any of the following conditions: adrenal gland disorders such as Addison's disease; breathing disorders (asthma, COPD, sleep apnea); curvature of the spine; enlarged prostate; gallbladder disease; irregular heartbeat; kidney disease; liver disease; low blood pressure; mental illness; past head injuries or brain tumors; pheochromocytoma; seizure disorders such as epilepsy; sickle cell anemia; underactive thyroid; urination problems.

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