WHAT IS DILAUDID AND WHY IS IT PRESCRIBED?
Dilaudid, also known as Hydromorphene Hydrochloride, is a potent opioid agonist used for the management of severe pain that cannot be relieved by other alternatives. It is typically prescribed for opioid-tolerant patients who require higher doses of opioids to alleviate their severe pain.
AVAILABILITY OF DILAUDID
Dilaudid is available as a sterile, aqueous solution in pre-filled syringes for intravenous, subcutaneous, or intramuscular administration. It can be obtained from pharmacies or online, but a doctor’s prescription is required. The pre-filled syringes contain different strengths of Hydromorphene Hydrochloride, ranging from 0.5mg to 4mg. Extended-release tablets are also available for dosage.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dilaudid contains Hydromorphene, an opioid analgesic that alters the body’s response to pain. It binds to pain receptors, preventing the transmission of pain signals.
IS IT HARMFUL?
Dilaudid, including tablets and injections, contains Hydromorphene, a schedule III controlled substance. It has the potential for addiction, misuse, and abuse due to its habit-forming nature. Overdose can be fatal, so caution must be exercised when purchasing Dilaudid online or from a pharmacy. It should never be bought without a prescription or off-label use.
PRECAUTIONS AND WARNINGS
Prior to prescribing Dilaudid, patients should be assessed for their risk of opioid addiction, abuse, or misuse. Close monitoring is necessary after the initial dosage. Patients should carefully read the medication guide and maintain regular communication with their doctor, even if purchasing Dilaudid online. Risks are higher for individuals with a personal or family history of substance abuse, alcoholism, or mental illness. However, these risks should not prevent proper pain management in patients.
There is a potential for the development or worsening of various conditions, including respiratory depression, neonatal opioid withdrawal symptoms, adrenal insufficiency, drug abuse, overdose, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, severe hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, syncope, gastrointestinal conditions, increased risk of seizures in seizure disorder, withdrawal symptoms, and nonclinical toxicology.
Prior to purchasing Dilaudid online or otherwise, it is important to ensure that you are not allergic to Hydromorphene. There is a risk of drug interactions if you are taking other medications. Consult a doctor and review all prescriptions and non-prescriptions listed in the Important Warning section of the label. Prolonged use of opioid analgesics during pregnancy can lead to neonatal withdrawal symptoms and drug dependency.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS THAT COULD OCCUR?
Common side effects of Dilaudid include dizziness, sedation, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing, dysphoria, euphoria, and dry mouth.
The most serious adverse effects that have been observed include addiction, abuse and misuse, respiratory depression, neonatal opioid withdrawal symptoms, adrenal insufficiency, seizures, sleep apnea, cardiac disorders, eye disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, hepatobiliary disorders, convulsions, renal and urinary disorders, and psychiatric disorders.
HOW TO USE DILAUDID?
Dilaudid is available in tablet, liquid, and extended-release tablet forms. The liquid is typically taken every 3 to 6 hours, while the tablets are taken every 4 to 6 hours. However, it is important to consult a doctor or carefully read the prescription label if purchasing Dilaudid online. The extended-release tablet is taken once daily, with or without food. It should be stored safely away from children and individuals with addiction tendencies. Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed dose, and follow all dosage instructions diligently.