5.6/ 7 average rating with 51 reviewsforDilaudid

Dilaudid
Alternatives

(Hydromorphone)

Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)

Prescription only

Codeine

Prescription only
1 of 3 alternatives
Treats moderate to severe pain.

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

Treats mild to moderate pain.

Codeine works well for mild to moderate pain, but it may not be an great option for all people.

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.
  • Effective option for relieving mild to moderate pain that wasn't controlled by non-opioid medications.
  • Available as a generic in both tablets and oral solution.
  • Can be used for the short-term relief of a dry cough.
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.
  • Codeine is changed to an active form in the body by a liver enzyme. About 10% of people don't have this enzyme and don't get enough pain relief.
  • There are many drug interactions with Codeine, such as antidepressants. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medicine or making any changes.
  • Other pain medications are more potent than Codeine.
  • It's possible to build a tolerance and become dependent on Codeine.
  • Can cause constipation, so you'll need to drink plenty of water or take a stool softener while on it.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Suppository
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
51 
78%
think this treatment is worth it
65%
think this treatment works well
10%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Constipation
    31%
  • Nausea
    28%
  • Headache
    15%
  • Somnolence
    14%
  • Asthenia/fatigue
    12%
  • Dizziness
    11%
  • Diarrhea
    11%
  • Pruritus
    8%
  • Insomnia
    8%
  • Hyperhydrosis
    7%
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The Codeine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Death from lack of oxygen to the body (respiratory depression)

    Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Death from overdose

    Children age 18 and younger

  • Death in newborn babies from opioid withdrawal (Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome)

    Long-term use during pregnancy

  • Tolerance, dependence, and addiction

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

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  • Serious breathing problems

    Age 17 years or younger

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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