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Dilaudid Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Hydromorphone is in a class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. It is used to treats pain. Dilaudid, a narcotic analgesic, is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain such as that due to Biliary colic, Burns, Cancer, Heart attack, Injury, Surgery.

Dilaudid Dosage

  • If you are taking Tablets, then the usual starting dose of Dilaudid tablets is 2 to 4 milligrams every 4 to 6 hours.
  • If you are using medicine as Liquid, then the usual dose of Dilaudid liquid is one-half to 2 teaspoonfuls every 3 to 6 hours.

Uses of Dilaudid

  • Hydromorphone is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain.
  • Hydromorphone is also a cough suppressant.

Side Effects of Dilaudid

Before taken Dilaudid medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Dilaudid. Side effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Fear
  • Impairment of mental and physical performance
  • Mental clouding
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Sedation
  • Troubled and slowed breathing

Warnings and precautions before taking Dilaudid:

  • You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to hydromorphone, aspirin, sulfites, tartrazine, or any other drugs.
  • You should tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other pain relievers; antidepressants; medications for cough, cold, or allergies; sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; and vitamins.
  • If you have or have ever had liver or kidney disease, a history of alcoholism, lung or thyroid disease, heart disease, prostatic hypertrophy, or urinary problems, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are having surgery such as dental surgery, then you should tell the doctor that you are taking hydromorphone.

Drug Interaction :-If you are taking Dilaudid with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dilaudid with the following:

  • Antiemetics
  • Antihistamines such as Benadryl
  • General anesthetics
  • Other narcotic analgesics such as Demerol and Percocet
  • Phenothiazines such as Thorazine
  • Sedative/hypnotics such as Valium, Halcion
  • Tranquilizers such as Xanax

After taken Dilaudid if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Dilaudid overdose include

  • Bluish tinge to skin
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Extreme sleepiness progressing to a state of unresponsiveness
  • Labored or slowed breathing
  • Limp
  • Weak muscles
  • Low blood pressure

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