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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Dilaudid Overview

Dilaudid Addiction TreatmentDilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Dilaudid is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Do not use Dilaudid if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Dilaudid Signs of Abuse

There are several signs and symptoms to help identify a Dilaudid addiction. Physical: shortness of breath, water retention, abdominal pain, chest discomfort, muscle spasms, weight loss, back pain, itching, vomiting, indigestion or heartburn, insomnia, constipation, nausea, and joint pain. Obsessed – Individuals who are struggling with an addiction to Dilaudid will act impulsively to obtain the drug at any means or cost. Broken relationships – Dilaudid addicts will struggle with their relationships and personal life due to the amount of their time and energy that is consumed with the drug. Family and friend relationships will often be strained and/or broken due to a Dilaudid addiction. Attaining more Dilaudid – Individuals addicted to Dilaudid will try to acquire the drug however they can manage, including theft or fraudulently obtaining Dilaudid.

Effects of Dilaudid Abuse

Though the ways in which a Dilaudid addiction may have developed will differ among abusers, the effects are often similar. Being addicted to Dilaudid will reap consequences that go beyond the physical effects of abuse. While this might be the first and most obvious sign or concern of a Dilaudid addict, there are other effects as well, such as detrimental outcomes to one’s social life, emotional well-being, financial and job opportunities, and more. An addiction to Dilaudid will result in consequences that negatively impact all areas of an abuser’s life, both short and long term. Until professional help is sought and appropriate treatment received, Dilaudid addicts will continue to experience these consequences.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms

Because of the nature of Dilaudid and its opiate base, it can cause a physical dependence quickly; both in short and long term use. When a man or woman has become accustomed to taking Dilaudid regularly, any decrease in the dose normally taken can result in withdrawal effects. Withdrawal symptoms can range among Dilaudid addicts, depending on how long Dilaudid has been abused and the dosage typically consumed. Withdrawal symptoms can peak in as minimal as 9 hours after the last dosage taken and can include the following:

  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle Pain
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea and/or Vomiting

Because of the complexities and severity of withdrawal from Dilaudid, this process should ideally take place under the supervision of trained professionals and medical staff. This will help ensure that the addict is safe throughout this process and that any complications that may arise are dealt with effectively. There are also circumstances in which doctors can prescribe approved drugs to help decrease some of the painful withdrawal effects, such as anxiety, muscle aching or joint pain. A physician and professional treatment team would be able to make the best decisions in regards to how to manage the withdrawal process. Dilaudid treatment programs often have the necessary resources to safely and efficiently withdraw from the drug and should be considered as part of the process. The duration of the withdrawal period will depend on the individual, severity of the Dilaudid addiction, and length of time the drug was abused.

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