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What is Dilaudid?

Dilaudid contains hydromorphone, an opioid pain medication that helps bind and activate opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system to reduce pain sensation in the body and treat moderate to severe pain. 

Important Information

  • Dilaudid is prescribed as an additional treatment with physical therapies to treat pain.
  • It is one of the highly addictive medicines; therefore, it is advisable to keep track of your medicine and never share your medicine with anyone, especially those with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
  • It is also advisable to take frequent medical tests while using Dilaudid; please consult your doctor regarding this.
  • You can buy Dilaudid online or offline, provided that you hold an appropriate prescription from a doctor. It is because buying or selling without a proper prescription is strictly prohibited under the law, and authorities may hold you liable for punishment if you do so.

What to know before taking Dilaudid?

Using Dilaudid without medical advice can be dangerous. It works by activating opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system to reduce pain signals. 

To let the medicine work more effectively, you should take care of all the necessary precautions while taking medicine. 

In addition to above all, you need to consider the following things before starting your treatment with Dilaudid:

  • Taking Dilaudid might not be that safe or effective if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar drugs. 
  • Using Dilaudid is not recommendable if you have the following health disorders or history thereof:
    • Noisy breathing
    • Slow or shallow breathing
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops during sleep)
    • Mental illness
    • Head injury
    • Brain tumor
    • Seizures or convulsions 
    • Liver infections
    • Kidney infections
    • Urination problems
    • Sulfite allergy
    • Thyroid disorders 
    • Problems in the functioning of the gallbladder and pancreas 
    • Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorders
    • Blockage in the stomach or intestine
    • Paralytic ileus
  • Expecting women and lactating mothers should avoid taking Dilaudid; it can harm their children and make them dependent on the medicine. 
  • You should avoid taking Dilaudid if you have recently taken any MAO inhibitors.
  • Abrupt withdrawal of the medicine can adversely affect your health; you should consult your doctor before leaving Dilaudid. Your doctor will gradually decrease your medicine dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • You should consult your physician to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Dilaudid.

How to take Dilaudid?

Dilaudid should be taken as advised by your doctor because it is highly addictive and habit-forming and can adversely affect your health if taken inappropriately. 

To avoid other dangerous consequences of using Dilaudid, you should follow all the necessary precautions while taking it. 

We also advise you to tell your doctor if you are not observing any improvement in your health condition. 

Dilaudid dosage

Dilaudid is an opioid pain medication and is an effective treatment for moderate to severe pain. 

It is a dangerous medication; therefore, you should consult your doctor for the correct and suitable Dilaudid dosage.  

Your physician will examine you thoroughly before prescribing you suitable medicine dosages. Doctors generally consider the following things before prescribing you appropriate medicine dosages:

  • Age of the patient 
  • Weight of the patient 
  • The medical condition of the patient 

The following are the usual Dilaudid dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:

In the form of oral tablets 

Dosage for severe pain

  • For older adults (65 years or more)

Doctors should prescribe suitable Dilaudid dosages for older adults after a full and proper health checkup.

  • For adults (between 18 to 64 years of age)

2-4 mg of Dilaudid after every four to six hours or as and when required

  • For children (below 17 years of age)

Using Dilaudid for treating patients younger than 18 years of age is risky; please consult your doctor before giving it to your child. 


Dilaudid is a first-choice treatment for moderate to severe pain but can cause an overdose if taken in excess. The Dilaudid overdose looks like the following and causes the following overdose symptoms:

  • Slow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat and pulse rate
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Fainting 

We never advise you to ignore these fatal overdose symptoms. You should therefore consult your doctor ASAP if an overdose happens. You can also seek emergency medical help by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222.

What to avoid while using Dilaudid?

Taking alcohol while using Dilaudid is not advisable. You may experience some dangerous side effects if you use them simultaneously. 

Using herbal products, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements might not be safe if you take Dilaudid as a part of your pain treatment. 

Dilaudid tends to impair your thought process and cause dizziness or drowsiness. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid driving and performing any other activities that can cause severe injuries or accidents.

Dilaudid side effects

Although Dilaudid is a safe and effective medication used in pain management, still it can cause some of the following side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Flushing
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Unusual sweating
  • Mild itching
  • Mood swings or behavioral disorders

These mild side effects don’t need much medical attention; however, you should immediately consult your doctor if they are unbearable or bothering you too much. 

You should also stop taking Dilaudid and take medical assistance if you experience the following health disorders:

  • Noisy breathing
  • sighing
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops during sleep)
  • Impotence or other sexual disorders 
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Severe weakness
  • drowsiness or dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low cortisol levels causing nausea or vomiting, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness, loss of appetite
  • Any other severe allergic reaction to the medicine 

What drugs can interact with Dilaudid?

Dilaudid tends to interact with the following medicine and can dangerously affect your health:

  • Sleeping pills
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Antidepressant
  • Narcotic medication
  • Cold or cough medicines
  • Opioid pain medication 
  • Sedatives 
  • Medicines help to control serotonin levels in the body 
  • Medications used for treating vomiting or nausea
  • Stimulants
  • Other over-the-counter medicine

As the interaction of Dilaudid with these medicines can be life-threatening. Therefore you need to tell your health expert about all the medications and therapies before taking Dilaudid.