Central nervous system depressant, analgesic.
Tablets (50mg pethidine hydrochloride), white, marked Roche. Ampoules for injection, brand name Parmegan P100.
Euphoria, relaxation, decreased anxiety.
Sweating, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness.
Treatment of moderate to severe pain, particularly during childbirth.
Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.
How is it taken?
Orally, tablets can be crushed and injected.
If injected: needle and syringe, water, matches or lighter, spoon, tourniquet, swabs.
Where does it come from?
Diverted from the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacies, hospitals or GPs prescriptions.
This is one of a range of drugs which include diconal, heroin and methadone which are used as and when they become available. Users of these opiates and opioids - the majority of whom are regular injectors - are seen by the whole range of drug counselling, drug dependency clinics and other helping services described in the main or "home" page of this program.