Hydromorphone dosage information and treating overdose

Use Hydromorphone as prescribed by the doctor. Do not use in large doses or for a longer period than recommended by the doctor. This is important for old patients, who are often very sensitive to pain medication effects. Taking the medication in large amounts can lead to habit-forming or drug dependency.

Dosing Information

For extended-release tablets or capsules

Extended-release tablets or capsule forms of Hydromorphone are recommended for patients who are opioid tolerant only. If you are not sure whether you are tolerant to opioids or not, discuss with your doctor before you start using this medication.

There is a medication guide that comes with the medicine. Read the instructions carefully and follow them. In case you have any queries speak to your doctor.

Take the medicine the same time every day, with food or without food. Swallow the tablet as whole and do not chew, break or crush it. When using this tablet some portion of tablet can pass into stools, which is normal and you need to worry about that.

Do not shift from extended release to immediate release tablets unless your physician asks you to do so.

The dose of this medication will vary from person to person. Follow the instructions of your doctor and read the label carefully. The information given below includes average doses of Hydromorphone. If doctor has prescribed you a different dose, do not try to change the dose without doctor’s consultation.

Oral dosage – extended release form- capsules – for moderate- severe pain

For patients shifting from other narcotic drugs

Adults

The capsule is recommended once in a day. The first dose entirely depends on the amount of narcotic medication you are taking on a daily basis. Your doctor will suggest you the right dose and can increase the dose if required. For patients who shift from fentanyl transdermal, this medication should be taken at least after 18 hours of fentanyl patch removal.

Children

For right use and the right dose you should consult your doctor.

Oral dosage – extended release form- tablets – for moderate- severe pain

For patients shifting from regular forms of Hydromorphone

Adults

The tablet is recommended once in a day. The total quantity of mg (milligrams) each day is exactly same as quantity of Hydromorphone that is used per day.

Children

For right use and the right dose you should consult your doctor.

 

For patients shifting from regular forms of Hydromorphone

Adults

The capsule is recommended once in a day. The first dose entirely depends on the amount of narcotic medication you are taking on a daily basis. Your doctor will suggest you the right dose and can increase the dose if required. For patients who shift from fentanyl transdermal, this medication should be taken at least after 18 hours of fentanyl patch removal.

Children

For right use and the right dose you should consult your doctor.

Oral dosage- Liquid form

For pain

Adults

At first – 2.5-10ML or 1-1/2 – 2 teaspoonful after every 3-6 hours as required.

Children

For right use and the right dose you should consult your doctor.

Hydromorphone overdose treatment

Overdose of Hydromorphone can be fatal and if you notice any unusual symptoms call poison centre for help.

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