The article entitled “Prevalence of Meperidine Use in Older Surgical Patients” by Kornitzer et al1 has brought a very important issue about the adverse effects of meperidine hydrochloride use in older surgical patients with or without compromised renal function. The authors have quoted a book of 1739 pages, without any reference to page or chapter, published by the American College of Surgeons2 saying that meperidine is “suboptimal analgesia for postoperative patients.”
Badruddoja M. Meperidine Use in Older Surgical Patients. Arch Surg. 2006;141(8):835. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.8.835-a
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