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Why demerol cause dilated pupils?

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Posted on Wed, 21 Aug 2013
Question: why demerol cause dilated pupils
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Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E (35 minutes later)
Hi Hiba,

Demerol causes dilated pupils because it constricts or causes spasm of the smooth muscle (sphincter) around the pupil. When this smooth muscle contracts, the pupils become wider.

See the image (sphincter) at this link.

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I hope this is clear to you. Let me know if you have more queries.

Regards,




Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shanthi.E (6 hours later)
What the mechanism of action when you take demerol to dilate the pupil
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Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E (15 hours later)
Hi,

The mechanism of action of Demerol is smooth muscle contraction. It causes contraction of all the visceral smooth muscles like intestinal smooth muscle contraction leading to constipation.

In the eye, it causes contraction of the sphincter pupillae. When the muscle contracts due to Demerol, it shortens in length. Thus causing pupillary dilatation.

Hope this is clear to you now.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Why demerol cause dilated pupils?

Hi Hiba,

Demerol causes dilated pupils because it constricts or causes spasm of the smooth muscle (sphincter) around the pupil. When this smooth muscle contracts, the pupils become wider.

See the image (sphincter) at this link.

WWW.WWWW.WW
I hope this is clear to you. Let me know if you have more queries.

Regards,