In order to discuss Dilaudid side effects, we would first need to define Dilaudid. The potent narcotic painkiller Dilaudid can lead to side effects typical of many opiate prescription medications. Dilaudid is the brand name for hydromorphone hydrochloride and comes in oral liquid and tablet form. Patients should only use this medication exactly as prescribed in the directions that accompany the prescription. Otherwise, it could lead to serious complications including addiction, overdose and death.
Dilaudid can effectively treat serious pain, but has a high potential for abuse. In addition, it can lead to problems such as respiratory depression. The risks of Dilaudid side effects increase if you combine the medication with alcohol or substances that depress the central nervous system. For example, other narcotic medications, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. This could result in a coma or death. The bottle’s label clearly states how to use Dilaudid, including appropriate dosage, warnings, possible interactions and side effects. It’s important to read this information in its entirety so you know what to expect and how to avoid complications.
Commonly-Reported and More Serious Dilaudid Side Effects
All opiate-based medications have common potential side effects ranging from constipation to nausea, sedation and euphoria. Constipation is one of the most commonly reported effects of narcotic medications. Indeed, if left untreated, severe constipation can lead to a blockage which can be serious. Even with short-term use, patients can experience sedation, euphoria, dizziness, fatigue, depression, tremors, sleeplessness, anxiousness, flu-like symptoms, upset stomach, dry mouth, pupil constriction, itching, hallucination, delirium, sweating, muscle and bone pain, confusion, extreme irritability and muscle spasms. You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any of these more serious side effects: severe respiratory depression, confusion or stupor, coma, clammy skin, circulatory collapse and cardiac arrest.
Safe, Confidential Help is Available for Dilaudid Addiction
Meanwhile, the most serious Dilaudid side effects are the possibility of psychological and physical addiction. When intense withdrawal symptoms occur due to abruptly stopping use, this is a physical addiction. Waismann Method® of rapid and medical detox has offered hope and recovery for almost two decades to thousands of patients who develop opiate addiction. For many, it’s an accidental addiction that develops. This means that most of our patients become dependent upon Dilaudid after legitimate use escalates once a tolerance develops.
However, our safe, humane and discreet program allows patients to be in and out of the hospital in 1-4 days with our medical procedures. The rapid detox procedure takes less than two hours and our medical director uses intravenous medications to induce and speed up the withdrawal. This occurs while patients are under deep sedation. Lastly, they awaken opiate-free and are unaware of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred while they were sleeping. We closely monitor patients for a few days and prescribe a daily dose of the opioid antagonist Naltrexone for up to a year. We also have an aftercare program called Domus Retreat, where patients recover comfortably and with support after the hospital stay. The treatment is individualized and includes massage, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, individual counseling and nutritional services of a private chef.
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