Dilaudid® is the brand name for ‘hydromorphone,’ a Schedule II prescription-only narcotic. Hydromorphone is an opioid analgesic medication doctors prescribe typically to treat pain. The drug works by changing the way the brain receives and responds to pain.
Dilaudid is a very powerful synthetic opioid, derived from morphine. Significantly, it is 6 to 8 times more powerful than morphine. Because of its potency, Dilaudid doctors must monitor their patients closely when taking the drug. Aside from abuse and dependence, the highest risk with use is overdose.
United States Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs according to their acceptable medical use and abuse or dependency potential. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies Delaudid as a Schedule II drug because of it’s danger and high potential for abuse.
After just a few weeks of use, a patient can become tolerant and then dependent. Consequently, doctors may have to monitor and slowly wean their patient off of the drug to minimize withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of withdrawal include: