Demerol (meperidine) Generic & Street Names

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on March 17, 2023

Meperidine is the generic name for Demerol in Ohio, and the drug can be sold on the street under the name “demmies.”

The generic name for Demerol is meperidine. In countries outside of the United States, generic Demerol may also be pethidine. Street names for Demerol sold illegally in Ohio may include “demmies” or simply “painkillers.”

Demerol is a brand name prescription opioid that treats forms of severe pain and chronic pain. Ohio laws have strict prescribing guidelines for physicians giving patients Demerol or other opioids for pain management purposes.

Prescription, generic, and street forms of Demerol can be habit-forming. Meperidine is a Schedule II controlled substance with a high potential for substance abuse. Taking brand name or generic Demerol as prescribed by your doctor can help you avoid adverse effects.

Generic Names For Demerol

Generic names for Demerol include meperidine, meperidine hydrochloride, and pethidine in other countries. In Ohio, generic meperidine prescriptions have the same purpose as brand name Demerol prescriptions, as a reliever for chronic pain.

Ohio laws have strict rules for brand name and generic Demerol prescriptions. An average Ohio patient with chronic pain may receive a maximum of seven days’ worth of meperidine doses, without refills. Patients with long-lasting chronic pain or in intensive care may be exceptions to this rule.

Side Effects

Brand name Demerol and generic meperidine both work by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system (CNS), causing analgesia or pain relief. Both Demerol and generic meperidine share mild and serious side effects, such as:

  • sleepiness
  • sedation
  • constipation
  • lightheadedness
  • reduced heart rate
  • respiratory depression (shallow breathing / breathing problems)
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach and intestinal upset
  • mood changes
  • serotonin syndrome
  • hives
  • increased risk of head injury

Talk to your doctor if you or a loved one experience serious side effects of meperidine.

Street Names For Demerol

Street names for Demerol may include “demmies” and “painkillers.” You may hear these names if you are buying pain medication from Ohio street dealers.

Street meperidine may be sold to bypass prescription limits or to get high on opioid analgesics. Illicit forms of the drug may also be mixed with other opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl.

Life-threatening side effects of meperidine, such as low blood pressure, trouble breathing, and severe drowsiness are more likely when taking street versions of Demerol. Call for medical help if you or a loved one take street meperidine and experience these symptoms.

Ohio Recovery Center

Brand name, generic, and street meperidine, can have a risk of physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit. If you, a family member, or a loved one are unable to control your meperidine use, you can get help from an Ohio addiction treatment center.

Opioid addiction treatment programs offer medical help and behavioral health services for you or your loved one. You may also receive medication-assisted treatment with methadone or buprenorphine if your physical dependence and opioid withdrawal symptoms are severe.

To learn about our prescription drug abuse treatment options, please contact Ohio Recovery Center today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration — Synthetic opioids
  2. Food and Drug Administration — Demerol
  3. Ohio Administrative Code — Rule 4723-9-10 - Ohio Administrative Code
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse — Commonly Used Drugs Charts
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse — Street & Commercial Names
  6. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Meperidine

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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