Dilaudid® is the brand name for ‘hydromorphone,’ a Schedule II prescription-only narcotic. Used as an antitussive (cough suppressant) and an analgesic (painkiller), Dilaudid is 6 to 8 times as strong as morphine, and it can be administered by:
- Sublingual (under the tongue)
- Subcutaneous (under the skin)
- Buccal (the medicine is placed inside the cheek)
There are very serious side effects of Dilaudid:
- Circulatory depression — the blood slows and may stop
- Respiratory depression — this is perhaps the most serious, life-threatening side effect; when the respiratory system is shutting down, it can be fatal
Dilaudid Addiction and Abuse
Dilaudid is a Schedual II drug. It has a high potential for abuse. The symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Constant shaking
- Cold sweats
- Body cramps
- Muscle pain
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