How effective is Hydromorphone in treating pain?

Hydromorphone is an opioid medication used to treat mild to severe pain. It is also known as a narcotic. The generic name is Hydromorphone and brand name is Exalgo, Dilaudid-5 and Dilaudid.

This medication in its extended form is used as 24 hours treatment medicine to treat mild to severe pain.

Some important information

Hydromorphone can stop or slow your breathing.  do not use this  medication in excess amounts or for a longer period than prescribed. do not break, crush or open the pill available in extended release form. swallow the pill as whole to avoid life threatening complications. Hydromorphone can cause drug dependency even through regular doses. Do not share the medicine with others who have a history of drug addicition or drug abuse and store the medicine in a place where others cannot have access to the medicine.

Misuse of any narcotic drug can lead to overdose, death or addiction, especially in people who use the medication without doctor’s prescription or in children. If you are pregnant you should tell your doctor as Hydromorphone can lead to withdrawal symptoms in unborn baby, which can be fatal too.

Do not combine alcohol with Hydromorphone as it can even lead to death.

What should I ask my doctor before using Hydromorphone?

You should avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to Hydromorphone or any other  narctotic medicine or if you have

  1. blockage in intestines or stomach
  2. severe breathing problems or asthma
  3. paralytic ileus or bowel problems

Avoid using Hydromorphone if you had used MAO inhibitor in last 14 days. There are chances of harmful drug interactions. Some medicines interact with Hydromorphone and lead to a serious medical condition known as serotonin syndrome. Make sure you inform your doctor if you are taking medicines for migraine, depression, Parkinson’s disease, infections, medicines for preventing vomiting or nausea, headaches or mental illness. Ask your doctor before making changes in dose and frequency of medciations you are taking.

Your doctor may not advice you to use Hydromorphone if you are not tolerant to the medication or never being treated with any other narcotic medicine for pain. Speak to your doctor if you are not tolerant to opioid medication.

To ensure that Hydromorphone is safe for you tell your physician if you have

  • lung disease or breathing problem
  • seizures, brain tumor, head injury in the past.
  • history of mental illness, addiction or drug abuse
  • kidney or liver disease
  • sulfite allergy
  • urination problems
  • disorders related to adrenal gland or Addison’s disease
  • problem with pancreas, gallbladder or thyroid

Is Hydromorphone addictive?

Hydromorphone is a common drug associated with drug abuse. Since it acts quite fast to treat pain, many people get addicited to the medicine easily. Many people who face addicition problem often visit rehabs meant for treating opiates addicition. This helps them get rid of the urge to use the medicine and eliminate addiction completely.

Taking the medicine in excess to get desired effect can cause drug addiction. Avoid taking medication in large amounts.

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