Dilaudid Addiction & Tolerance Signs

Dilaudid addiction is very common due to its preparation containing hydromorphone, a very potent painkiller. Hydromorphone inhibits the ascending pain pathways in the central nervous system, increases the pain threshold and alters pain perception. Dilaudid ® is formulated as oral tablets and liquid, rectal suppository, intra-muscular (buttock or hip muscle) injection, and intravenous (I.V.) solution. Dosing is every 4-6 hours for the oral forms and every 6-8 hours for the suppository. An I.V. drip allows for continuous administration and around-the-clock pain relief.

Since hydromorphone can be habit forming, care must be taken to follow the doctor’s instructions when taking Dilaudid ®. Do not take a larger dose, or take it more frequently, or take it for longer than the doctor has prescribed.  Even individuals without any prior history of opioid addiction, have reported to develop both tolerance and physical dependence upon Dilaudid in as little as a couple weeks.


Dilaudid  Addiction should be taken very seriously and requires treatment in a specialized detox program equipped to deal with withdrawal syndrome. Commonly prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain, Dilaudid is a semi-synthetic opiate painkiller derived from morphine. Dilaudid is the brand name for hydromorphone, a potent opiate analgesic. Addiction to Dilaudid can happen to anyone, even with short-term use. With initial use, some patients experience a euphoric, sometimes emotionally numbing feeling that may prompt them to misuse it or become psychologically dependent on it.

A physical addiction to Dilaudid is present if you have withdrawal symptoms that set in once you stop taking it. Dilaudid binds to opiate receptors in the brain and nervous system, blocking signals of pain throughout the body.


Has Your Body Developed a Tolerance?

The brain and body sometimes come to rely on the Dilaudid in your system. A tolerance can build, sometimes quickly. This is what happens when the prescribed dose you had been taking becomes ineffective in relieving the pain. A doctor should be consulted immediately if you suspect you are building a tolerance to Dilaudid. He or she can discuss alternative medications or dosage adjustments. Patients taking Dilaudid sometimes make the mistake of taking more than what’s prescribed, or more frequently, in order to achieve pain relief. This can lead to dependence and addiction. An addiction to Dilaudid can lead to undesirable outcomes including overdose, seizures, coma and death.


Dilaudid Addiction Signs and Withdrawal Symptoms

Dilaudid addiction,  often occurs on a spectrum, meaning that they may vary in severity, manner and length. The severity of symptomatology can depend upon a variety of factors such as, duration of the addiction, the level of tolerance, and the frequency of use.

Typical symptoms of Dilaudid addiction can include:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Risky behaviors
  • Frequent somatic complaints
  • Doctor shopping
  • Hiding Dilaudid in various place
  • Irritability
  • Social isolation


Dilaudid withdrawal syndrome is a red flag when it comes to deciding whether you or someone you love is physically addicted to the drug. Symptoms can set in quickly and be quite intense.

Withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • agitation
  • insomnia
  • delusions
  • sweating
  • tremors
  • rapid heartbeat
  • rigid muscles
  • anxiety and flu-like symptoms.



Other signs include a preoccupation with the drug. If obtaining it and consuming it have become an obsession, a problem has developed. This is also true if you feel you have no control over the drug or if you do things uncharacteristic of yourself to obtain it. A strong physical or mental craving can also be a characteristic of Dilaudid addiction.

Safe, Humane Treatment is Available for Dilaudid Addiction

The Waismann Method of rapid drug detox is a completely opiate-free program that’s proven to be highly safe and successful. The humane and effective program can help you become Dilaudid-free in a short amount of time. Our caring, professional staff treats your well-being as their number one priority. Our highly-regarded procedures uses sedative medication to control the withdrawal symptoms, while the patient rests comfortably in a private room of an accredited hospital. All treatments are specifically design to fit patients individual needs.

Dilaudid addiction is a serious issue that has a solution. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get help today.