Dilaudid

(hydromorphone)

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

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a powerful pain reliever that has significant risks for abuse and overdose.

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

Upsides

  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone) works better and faster at relieving pain than morphine.
  • Available in a cheap generic version.
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People’s experience with Dilaudid

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Downsides

  • Constipation is a common side effect of Dilaudid (hydromorphone) and may require the use of laxatives or stool softeners.
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is fatal when combined with alcohol, muscle relaxants, and other medications that slow breathing.
  • Long-term use of opioids will cause physical dependence.
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How it works

Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid, which acts on the brain to lower your perception of pain.

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

Used for

  • Pain management

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
  • Suppository
People’s experience with Dilaudid

51reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain management

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Slowed breathing
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Side effect rates for Dilaudid (hydromorphone)

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 doses
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Use with benzodiazepines

    Taking too much Dilaudid (hydromorphone) can slow down your breathing, which can be fatal. You are at greater risk if you take alcohol, other opioid drugs, or muscle relaxants with Dilaudid (hydromorphone). If you start to feel like you can't breathe or your lips and fingers are turning blue, call 911 immediately.

    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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Alcohol
  • Avoid combining with alcohol or muscle relaxants. This combination can be deadly.
Kidneys and liver
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed hydromorphoneon 2/6/2018took to pass kidney stones. I have an extremely high tolerance for pain and for drugs having effects. I would normally have to take 2 Norco's and still not have as good of a pain relief as one Dilaudid. Your body does feel warm after about 10 mins. of taking, and pain relief is close to 15 mins for myself.
    34
    Man
    Just as needed
    Would rather not say
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    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
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dilaudidon 9/24/2017Excellent pain relief post abdominal surgery! Will make you drowsy though.
    40
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Pain (moderate to severe)
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dilaudidon 9/14/2017Stay hydrated. This medication was a Godsend. I left Oxycodone for an equivalent dosage - and my pain, break through pain stopped. I recommend it... but you may sweat heavily from time to time. Took time for me to get used to.
    55
    Two years or more
    Pain (moderate to severe)
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Dilaudidon 9/11/2017I went through all the other pain remedies and Dilaudid seems to work the best. It works better some days than others. Without it, the pain from cervical, thoracic and lumbar injuries would be to much to bear
    57
    Woman
    Just as needed
    Opioid-tolerant pain (severe)
Sleep
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    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)