Dangers of Mixing Hydromorphone and Alcohol

Dangers of Mixing Hydromorphone and Alcohol

The primary danger of mixing hydromorphone with alcohol is death from overdose. Hydromorphone may cause an overdose death on its own, but combining it with alcohol greatly increases the chances.

What Is Hydromorphone?

Hydromorphone is synthetically produced from morphine and is one of the strongest opioids available. It is considered approximately ten times stronger than morphine but has fewer side effects and is less addictive. As a result it is considered a good alternative to morphine when treating chronic pain, especially in cases of terminal illness. While hydromorphone has fewer side effects and is less addictive than morphine, it is still a powerful and highly addictive opioid drug.

Hydromorphone is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. CNS depressants act directly on the central nervous system which accounts for their painkilling properties. An overdose of hydrocodone will result in depressed breathing which is the mechanism of death in cases of opiate overdose. Since hydromorphone is used primarily to treat severe pain, it is not prescribed as often as relatively weaker opioids such as codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Hydromorphone is also harder to obtain on the black market, so addiction rates are lower than for more commonly prescribed opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Hydromorphone comes in both tablet form and liquid form for intravenous injection and is most commonly sold under the brand names Dilaudid and Palladone.

Alcohol and Hydromorphone Are a Deadly Combination

As it is a powerful CNS depressant, hydromorphone is capable of producing overdose death on its own. When it is combined with other CNS depressants, the chance of overdose increases greatly, since CNS depressants amplify the effects of one another. Alcohol is also a CNS depressant. Therefore combining hydromorphone with alcohol greatly increases the chance of suffering an overdose which may prove fatal. Death from overdose is the most significant danger of mixing hydromorphone and alcohol. However the impaired judgment, motor skills and coordination that result can also lead to serious accidents, especially if someone who has mixed hydromorphone and alcohol attempts to drive a car or engage in other potentially hazardous activities.

Questions about Hydromorphone and Alcohol?

If you have any questions about hydromorphone or opioid abuse, about alcohol and the dangers of mixing it with other CNS depressants, or if you would like help finding treatment for hydromorphone addiction or alcoholism, call us. Our helpline is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day.