Hydromorphone is sold under the brand name Dilaudid among others. Hydromorphone belongs to a class of drugs called “opioids,” which includes morphine. It is two to eight times more potent than morphine but has a shorter duration and greater sedative properties. Prescribed as a liquid, a tablet, a rectal suppository, or an injectable solution, Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid.
As with heroin and other opiates, it is commonly abused because it produces feelings of euphoria, relaxation, sedation, and it reduces anxiety. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur when taken in high doses or when combined with other sedatives and tranquillizers. Street names for Hydromorphone include D, Dillies, Dust, Footballs, Juice, and Smack.
Tolerance occurs with prolonged use. Tolerance means that a higher dose of the drug is needed to achieve the initial effect. Increased tolerance can lead to physical dependence.
When the use of Dilaudid is stopped some withdrawal symptoms can be experienced. Here are a few;
These symptoms are common in ambulatory patients and in those not experiencing severe pain.
It may also cause;
Addiction has also occurred when the drug was first prescribed for a physical problem by a Physician. Becoming addicted to Hydromorphone can be difficult to detect.
Here are common signs and symptoms of Dilaudid addiction:
You might also notice significant lifestyle and personality changes that may include:
Acute overdose of hydromorphone can produce: