Dilaudid Dosage and Addiction Risk

Dilaudid Dosage and Addiction Risk

Dilaudid is the brand name for hydromorphone, a narcotic pain reliever. This opioid, which has characteristics that are similar to morphine, is prescribed to help relieve moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system that alter how a person perceives pain.

Cautions for Using Dilaudid

There are several concerns about using Dilaudid that you and your physician need to discuss. These include the following:

  • If you are allergic to narcotic pain relievers, are having an asthma attack or have a bowel obstruction, your physician will probably prescribe an alternate pain reliever
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your physician may prescribe an alternative, as the effects of Dilaudid on a fetus or nursing infant are not fully understood
  • Dilaudid has the potential to be habit forming, so your physician should guide you to not share the medication, not keep the medication in an easily accessible location, not drink alcohol and never take Dilaudid other than as presribed
  • Be sure to tell your physician if you believe that Dilaudid is no longer providing you with the level of relief that you were initially experiencing

Being open and honest with your doctor about the drug and your reactions to it can prevent Dilaudid abuse or catch and address it immediately.

Potential Side Effects of Dilaudid

While Dialudid helps a person manage pain, it does cause sedation, mental clouding and mood changes. In addition a person taking Dilaudid may experience the following side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness, drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating and gas
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Fear
  • Feeling of elation
  • Impaired mental performance
  • Inability to urinate
  • Indigestion, upset stomach
  • Restlessness
  • Impaired physical performance
  • Trouble/slowed breathing

Any side effects need to be addressed immediately and discussed with your doctor to ensure you are receiving the correct Dilaudid dosage and are not at risk for addiction.

Proper Methods of Taking Dilaudid

Drink a full glass of water when taking Dilaudid. If you are using the liquid form of this drug, use the special dose measuring spoon to avoid even a slight error in the amount of Dilaudid that you take. If you feel that the dosage of Dilaudid currently prescribed is not working, do not increase the dosage or frequency without consulting with your physician first. If you are experiencing many uncomfortable side effects, do not discontinue using Dilaudid without speaking with your doctor first, as you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as the following:

  • Constant shaking
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Body cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Drug cravings
  • Feelings of self doubt
  • Depression or anxiety

These symptoms may lead you to believe you need to take more Dilaudid to mask the symptoms rather than cease or decrease use of the drug. Increased Dilaudid use without doctor agreement is drug abuse, and it can lead to addiction.

Get Help for Dilaudid Abuse

If you or a loved one is at risk for Dilaudid addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions about Dilaudid dosage, drug abuse or addiction treatment. We are here to help.