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Dilaudid® is the brand name for ‘hydromorphone,’ a Schedule II prescription-only narcotic that has been around since the 1920’s. Used as an analgesic (painkiller) and antitussive (cough suppressant), Dilaudid® is approximately six to eight times as strong as morphine, and it can be administered by the following routes:

  • Buccal (the medicine is placed inside the cheek)
  • Intramuscular
  • Intranasal
  • Intravenous
  • Oral
  • Rectal
  • Subcutaneous (under the skin)
  • Sublingual (under the tongue)
  • Transdermal
  • Transmucosal

Serious Side Effects of Dilaudid®

There are very serious potential side effects that accompany the use of Dilaudid®. Any physician who prescribes this drug should be sure to warn the patient of the possibility of:

  • Respiratory depression — this is perhaps the most serious, life-threatening side effect; when the respiratory system is shutting down, it can be fatal
  • Circulatory depression — the blood slows and may stop
  • Light-headedness
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Itching
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

Dilaudid® Abuse and Addiction

Schedule II drugs such as Dilaudid® are those that have a high potential for abuse, including abuse that leads to severe psychological and/or physical dependence. Many individuals prescribed Dilaudid® for acute or chronic pain, or for a dry cough, have become addicted to this opiate.

Dependence on Dilaudid®

In addition, the human body builds up a tolerance for hydromorphone. This is especially problematic for people who are treated with this drug for a long period of time, usually for chronic pain. Stopping Dilaudid® is another problem; the withdrawal symptoms can be awful and very long-lasting. The symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Body cramps
  • Cold sweats
  • Constant shaking
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Vomiting

Dilaudid® and Pregnancy

The warning label states that taking Dilaudid® during the first two months of pregnancy may slightly increase the risk for birth defects. Women who are pregnant or who are planning a pregnancy should talk to their doctors about the possible risks of birth defects associated with this medication.

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