Dilaudid

(Hydromorphone)

4.1/ 5 average rating with 51 reviewsforDilaudid
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Treats moderate to severe pain.

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Our bottom line

Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is a fast-acting, potent medication that treats problems needing strong pain relief.

Quick facts about Dilaudid
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydromorphone)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Works well to relieve moderate to severe pain.
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is stronger than morphine and works quicker than other pain medications.
  • It doesn't cause as many side effects, like nausea and rashes, as morphine does.
  • It's available as fast-acting tablets, extended-release tablets, and as a liquid.
People’s experience with Dilaudid

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Downsides

  • People with breathing problems like asthma and COPD need to be monitored very closely if taking Dilaudid (Hydromorphone).
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) isn't usually used for elderly or frail patients.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness are common when taking Dilaudid (Hydromorphone), but your body may adjust over time.
  • Everyone tends to get constipation while on this, so you'll need to stay hydrated and may need to take a stool softener medication.
  • Long-term use will likely cause physical dependence.
  • Must be weaned slowly off the medicine after using it longer than 2 weeks.
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How it works

Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is an opioid medicine (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception.

Quick facts about Dilaudid
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydromorphone)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Suppository
People’s experience with Dilaudid

51reviews so far. What do you think?

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Side effect rates for Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

From 2474 clinical trials of Dilaudid when taken for chronic pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Somnolence
  • Asthenia/fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Pruritus
  • Insomnia
  • Hyperhydrosis
  • Edema peripheral
  • Dry mouth
  • Anorexia/decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Dyspepsia
  • Depression
  • Dyspnea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthralgia
  • Rash
  • Pain in extremity
  • Pain
  • Drug withdrawal syndrome
  • Pyrexia
  • Fall
  • Chest pain

Risks and Warnings for Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Higher dose
    • People with not enough thyroid hormones
    • History of lung problems

    Taking too much Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) can cause irregular or slow breathing that can put you in a coma and can cause death. If your lips and fingers start turning blue from low oxygen, see a doctor immediately. In the hospital, doctors can give you a medicine that reverses the effects of Dilaudid (Hydromorphone). Don't take more than your doctor prescribes. Always check with your doctor before starting any new medicines or supplements.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Never use alcohol when taking Dilaudid (Hydromorphone).
Kidneys and liver
  • Reviewed Dilaudidon 8/19/2016If you have Kidney Stones or anything that causes severe pain, Dilaudid is like a miracle drip! Instant relief! It did not help as much for kidney stones AND kidney infection together. I have only had Dilaudid via IV drip.
    50
    Woman
    Opioid-tolerant pain (severe)
Pain
  • Works well to relieve moderate to severe pain.
  • Reviewed DilaudidNot much negative to say, it is the cleanest of all painkillers ive every tried. It is not for a main control of pain, only breakthrough. Make sure you dont run out, short withdrawals 5-7 days that are insane. Others 2 weeks to 6months
    29
    Man
    Breakthrough pain between longer lasting main medication
  • Reviewed Dilaudidon 9/2/2016This was good for me c because I never had that stoned feeling, it either would kill pains or dull them enough to function all day and sleep well, some days I would limit my dose to two 4 mg 1 morning, 1 at night and that would be fine.
    63
    Man
    Pain (moderate to severe)
  • Reviewed Dilaudidon 3/29/2017Good medication, works well to reduce pain but wears off very quickly.
    52
    Woman
    A few months
    Pain (moderate to severe)
Sleep
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) will cause drowsiness, so be really careful if you're taking other meds that also cause drowsiness, such as antidepressives, antianxiety meds, or muscle relaxants.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness are common when taking Dilaudid (Hydromorphone), but your body may adjust over time.
  • Reviewed Dilaudidon 1/10/2017Dilaudids make me tired but most times unable to sleep. So that can get aggravating. But the side effects are much less than that of percocet, so I will take the little aggravation any day over itching, nodding off,druggy, dizzy, nauseous, and other side effects I use to get on percocet.
    30
    Woman
    Pain (moderate to severe)
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