The Pethidine is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain intensity .
How does Pethidine work?
Pethidine works by changing the perception of pain , as it is a narcotic.
How is Petidine taken?
Pethidine is usually taken orally , both in the form of tablets that need to be swallowed whole, and in the form of syrup. The dosage includes the dosage as needed, giving one dose every 3 or 4 hours.
Side effects of Pethidine
Potential side effects of Pethidine include:
- feeling light-headed
- excessive calm
- mood swings
- confusional state
- He retched
- abdominal pain
- abdominal cramps
- dry mouth
- vision problems
It is a good idea to contact a doctor immediately if you are dealing with:
- slowed or difficult breathing
- uncontrollable tremor of the hands
- tics or muscle stiffness
- visual or auditory hallucinations
- slow, fast or heavy heart beat
- difficulty urinating
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Pethidine
The Pethidine is among the drugs that are addictive. For this reason, if it is necessary to take it for a longer period of a few weeks, it is necessary to consult the doctor before stopping the treatment , in order to gradually decrease the dosage, to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. In addition, it is always good to adhere strictly to the prescribed dosage.
Pethidine can cause dizziness and fainting when you get up quickly from a lying position. The active substance it contains can cause drowsiness.
The side effects of the drug are intensified by the use of alcohol.
Before starting treatment with Pethidine you should inform your doctor:
- of allergies to the active substance or other drugs;
- of the other medicines, phytotherapics and supplements taken, remembering to mention in particular Aciclovir, antidepressants, Butorphanol, Cimetidine, Chlorpromazine, Flufenazine, drugs for anxiety, pain, nausea, vomiting or convusions, psychotropic drugs, Mesoridazine, muscle relaxants, Pentazocine, Pentazocine Phenytoin, proclorperazine, ritonavir, sedatives, sleeping pills, thioridation, trifluoperazine, triflupromazine and tranquilizers;
- if MAO inhibitors have been taken in the previous two weeks ;
- if you have ever used drugs or alcohol abuse ;
- if you have recently undergone surgery ;
- if in the past you have suffered or still suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other respiratory problems, Mediterranean anemia, pheochromocytoma, anomalies in the curvature of the spine, Addison’s disease, head trauma, intracranial pressure problems, mental disorders, asthma, hypertrophy prostatic, narrowing of the urethra, irregular heart beat, convulsions, stomach problems or diseases of the thyroid, liver, kidneys or lungs;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding .
In addition, the surgeon or dentist should always be informed of the intake of Pethidine.