Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg is the brand name of the drug hydromorphone, which is used to relieve pain.
This medicine is in a class of drugs called opiate analgesics. Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg can slow or stop your breathing if it is overused, and can lead to complete cessation of breathing (respiratory arrest) and death.
You should never take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than your doctor prescribes.
Before taking Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg, tell your doctor if you have ever experienced:
Brain disorders, such as a head injury, seizure, or tumor
Breathing problems, such as asthma, sleep apnea, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Kidney or liver disease
Mood or mental disorders, such as depression
Stomach or intestinal problems
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
You should also tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a substance-abuse issue, drinks alcohol frequently or regularly, has ever used street drugs, or has ever abused prescription medicines.
Taking certain medications with Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg may increase your risk for serious or life-threatening side effects.
You should tell your doctor if you are taking other narcotic pain drugs; sedatives; medications for anxiety, seizures, mental illness, or nausea; muscle relaxants; sleeping pills; or tranquilizers.
The injection form of Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg is available in a regular-strength solution and a concentrated solution that contains more of the drug.
Your doctor will prescribe the concentrated solution only if you are opioid tolerant, meaning you have been treated with specific doses of narcotics for at least one week, allowing your body to adjust to the medicine.
The concentrated solution may cause serious side effects or even death if it’s taken by someone who is not opioid tolerant.
Pain medicines work best if they are taken when the symptoms first occur. This drug may not work as well if you wait until your pain worsens.
You shouldn’t stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor. The drug may cause withdrawal symptoms, especially if it’s been used regularly for a long period of time or in high doses.
If you use Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg for a long period of time, it may not work as well. Talk to your doctor if you notice the medication stops working for you.
Dilaudid has a high potential for abuse. It can be habit-forming, and in some cases, it can cause drug addiction.
You should take this medication exactly as your doctor prescribes to lessen the risk of addiction.
Also, be sure to store all drugs, especially opiate painkillers, in a safe place where they can’t be taken by anyone who doesn’t have a prescription for them.
Common Side Effects of Dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg
You should tell your doctor if any of the following side effects are severe or don’t go away:
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Serious Side Effects of Dilaudid
You should stop taking Dilaudid and call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Slowed or stopped breathing
Rash or hives
Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, mouth, or throat
Dilaudid is available as immediate-release and extended-release tablets, an injection, a rectal suppository, and an oral liquid. Your dose will depend on your condition, pain level, and other factors.
Injectable Dilaudid is typically administered once every two to three hours as needed.
You should take the oral Dilaudid by mouth as directed by your doctor. You can take this medicine with or without food.
Do not crush, open, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
If you are using liquid Dilaudid, carefully measure each dose using a medicine measuring spoon or syringe. Do not use a kitchen measuring spoon. If your liquid is a suspension, you should shake the bottle well before each dose.
The rectal suppository is typically taken every three to eight hours. You should not take this form of medicine by mouth.
A dilaudid overdose can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. You can get in touch with a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
Symptoms of an overdose include the following:
Slow or difficult breathing
Muscle twitches or spasms
Lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
Weak heart beat
Weakness or fatigue
Missed Dose of Dilaudid
If you miss a dose of Dilaudid and are taking it on a regular schedule, take your missed dose as soon as you remember.
However, if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your regular dosing schedule. Don’t double up on doses to make up for a missed one.