Dilaudid is a brand-name prescription drug that treats moderate to severe pain. The active ingredient in Dilaudid, hydromorphone, is an opioid that relieves pain by preventing the brain from receiving pain signals from the nervous system.
Dilaudid is a brand-name prescription drug that relieves moderate to severe pain. The active ingredient in Dilaudid, hydromorphone, is an opioid that locks itself on to pain receptors in the brain, so pain signals to the brain are weakened or completely blocked.
Dilaudid is taken as a tablet or liquid. The dose will depend on the severity of the pain, but generally, the lowest possible quantity that provides effective pain relief will be used. The initial dose may be lacking. Pain relief is typically experienced within an hour of taking Dilaudid.
Dilaudid is an opioid, so commonly experienced side effects include sedation, drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Dilaudid’s mental and mood changes caused by Dilaudid include mental clouding, euphoria, depression, anxiety, nervousness, disorientation, strange dreams, and hallucinations. Other common side effects of Dilaudid include, but are not limited to, flushing, redness, itching, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, blurred vision, double vision, headache, insomnia, slow breathing, slow heart rate, and weakness.
Dilaudid is an addictive drug that is often abused. Overdosing on Dilaudid will slow down or stop breathing, lower blood pressure and could result in seizures, unconsciousness, coma, or death. Dilaudid dependence can occur within a few days, but if Dilaudid is taken for a few weeks, discontinuation of Dilaudid will have withdrawal symptoms. Unless taken for a short time, Dilaudid should permanently be discontinued under the care of a physician.
Allergic reactions are infrequent.
This is not a complete list of the Dilaudid side effects. Before taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects.