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:

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

Side Effects

There are very serious side effects of Dilaudid:

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

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
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Cravings
  • Body cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain


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