Dilaudid is a centrally-acting opioid analgesic medication derivative of morphine. It is also a faster-acting narcotic that is about eight times stronger than morphine. Thus, hydromorphone is becoming a preferred option in emergency rooms and for chronic pain management due to the speed of its effects and the fewer troublesome side effects. Hydromorphone is also an excellent alternative to morphine when a more potent antitussive drug is needed.
Dilaudid / Hydromorphone
Like other opioids prescribed for analgesia, Dilaudid is potentially habit-forming and can lead to abuse and a Schedule II narcotic in the United States’ Controlled Substances Act. Hydromorphone is available as fast-acting tablets, extended-release tablets, and as a liquid. In comparison to morphine, prescribing doctors prefer this medication because it does not often cause many side effects, like nausea and rashes.
Tolerance and physical dependence occur when there is a need for more frequent doses to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Although physical tolerance typically takes several weeks to happen, in some patients, it can present itself sooner. If you feel the need for additional doses, inform your doctor as quickly as possible.
If you feel you no longer need this drug, do not stop suddenly without checking with your doctor. He may want you to reduce the dosage before stopping altogether. Additionally, gradually decreasing your intake, may reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms.
Dilaudid Side Effects
Along with its desired effects, hydromorphone may cause some uncomfortable and unwanted side effects. Although some of these side effects may not occur, if they do happen, call your prescribing physician. Some side effects may need medical attention. Possible effects can include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Vomiting and nausea
Severe side effects, including an allergic reaction, could also occur and could be life-threatening.
Some of the more severe effects are:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Vision changes and severe/ persistent dizziness and drowsiness.
Most noteworthy, side effects could become fatal when Dilaudid is combined with alcohol, sedatives, other opiate medications, or illicit drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that opiates can be habit-forming. They advise that patients take the prescription as directed by a doctor. Taking more than prescribed can lead to severe breathing problems, seizures, coma, and death.
Dilaudid is one of the more potent opioid narcotics available. The continued use can rapidly develop into a powerful addiction.
People that regularly take Dilaudid, build up a tolerance to the drug, requiring more and more frequent doses to the desired effects. Those that have become physically dependent often experience withdrawal symptoms once the drug wears off. Signs of Dilaudid addiction:
- Obsessing about obtaining and taking the next dose.
- Spending large amounts of money.
- Failing to keep up with professional and personal responsibilities.
- Needing larger doses to feel the same euphoric effects as when originality prescribed.
- Staying away from close relationships.
- Purchasing Dilaudid online or illicit drugs off the street.
Studies have shown an increasing number of people around the world are using prescription opiates for non-medical reasons. Pills are usually bought through “doctor shopping,” pharmacy diversion, and trading or buying them on the street. Also, the market for illicit drugs often goes hand-in-hand with a crime. The number of teen users who have access to their parents’ medicine cabinets is also on the rise. Developing a drug dependence can happen quickly and unintentionally.
Dilaudid Detox and Addiction Treatment
Waismann Method® for Dilaudid detoxification eliminates most of the withdrawal symptoms. During the detox, the patient is given sedative medications to relax while under medical supervision. Treatments are tailored and modified for each specific patient. Furthermore, the vital signs, overall physical, and emotional status are carefully monitored during detoxification. Waismann Method is significantly more effective and comfortable than other courses of Hydromorphone/Dilaudid addiction treatment.