Dilaudid (hydromorphone): Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is used to treat moderate to severe pain and this medicine belongs to the group of opioids. An Opioids are also called narcotics. As this medicine is used to get relief from pain it is nothing but a pain reliever.

Information about Dilaudid:

It may slow down or stop your breathing, thererfore, never use this medicine in higher doses orĀ  for a longer duration than prescribed.

This medicine should be used as exactly how the doctor has prescribed and it is must for the patient to follow the directions written on the prescription label.

If you dont get relief from pain even after using for 4-8 days then immediately consult your doctor for the change of medicine.

Do not crush or chew the tablets or capsules. Do not swallow the tablets or capsules rather consume it with a full glass of water. Do not consume alcohol while you are undergoing any kind of medication.

Dosage pattern of Dilaudid:

Oral dose: The minimum dose is about 2.5-10mg for every 3-6hrs of time interval or as directed by the physician.

Tablets: The minimum dose is about 2-4mg can be given orally for every 4-6hrs time interval.

A gradual increase in the dosage may done in the conditions of analgesia is inadequate or if the pain severity increases. Patients with the renal and hepatic impairment should start on a lower starting dose.

Dilaudid overdose:

The symptoms are life-threatening. Hence, seek medical emergency immediately.

Symptoms include:

  • Decreased awareness
  • Increased sensitivity
  • No muscle movement
  • Sleepiness
  • Unusual drowsiness

Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms:

Dilaudid side effects:

If any of the following side effects are seen or experienced then immediately consult your doctor.

Severity: major

  • Convulsions
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased urination
  • chest pain
  • rapid breathing
  • severe stomach pain
  • trouble breathing
  • vomiting
  • unusual tiredness
  • stiff neck
  • mental changes
  • irregular heartbeat

Severity: minor

  • nausea
  • difficulty in muscle movement
  • joint pains
  • difficulty in bowel movement
  • acidic stomach
  • back pain
  • indigestion
  • irritability
  • muscle spasm
  • stomach discomfort
  • being forgetful
  • bleeding
  • changes in speech
  • clumsiness
  • forgetfulness

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