Side Effects Of Hydromorphone

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Side Effects Of Hydromorphone

06:06 22 August in Treatment Choices

What Is hydromorphone & Side Effects Of Hydromorphone?


Hydromorphone is a prescription drug which is available as the brand-name Dilaudid (immediate release) and Exalgo (extended release).Lets explore more about it & side effects of hydromorphone.

Hydromorphone  is also available in below forms:

  • oral liquid solution
  • injectable solution
  • high-potency injectable solution


Do you know? The injectable hydromorphones are only given under health care supervision.Use of this drug is closely monitored by doctor as Hydromorphone oral tablets are a controlled substance.


Why it is used:


Oral tablets of Hydromorphone are used to treat severe pain which is uncontrollable by other treatments.Mostly this drug is used as part of a combination therapy. This means one may need to consume it with other medications.


How it works:


Oral tablets of Hydromorphone belong to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics .But it isn’t clear exactly how this drug works on easing the pain.Do you know?Brain & spinal cord make up your central nervous system & Hydromorphone may reduce pain by working on certain opioid receptors in the brain & spinal cord.

Side Effects Of Hydromorphone:


  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • flushing (reddening and warming of your skin)
  • euphoria (a feel-good effect
  • itching

If you find  that the effects of hydromorphone are mild, they are likely to go away in a few days or within a couple of weeks. If you observe that the effects are severe or it’s not going away, have a word with your doctor.


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What are Serious side effects of hydromorphone:

Call your nearest doctor or rehab center for any guidance (888) 820-7985). Below are symptoms & side effects:
















  • Symptom 1:Heart problems. 
    • faster pulse
    • very fast or slow heart rate
    • chest pain


  • Symptom  2:Eye or vision changes
    • Blurry vision
    • double vision
    • small pupils that look like pinpoints


  • Symptom 3: Problem in Stomach.
    • stomach pain
    • Constipation
    • Blockage of bowel causing:
      • nausea
      • inability to pass gas or stool
      • vomiting


  • Symptom 4: Problems in Muscle & Nervous System.
    • headache
    • Some involuntary muscle movements (Tremor)
    • Abnormal & unusual movement of your eyes
    • Some weird  sensation on your skin


  • Symptom 5 : Change in behaviour & Mood:
    • strange dreams
    • nervousness
    • depression
    • hallucinations (seeing or hearing something that isn’t there)
    • agitation
    • disorientation
    • anxiety
    • trouble sleeping
    • Blood pressure changes. Symptoms can include:
    • flushing
    • high or low blood pressure

  • Symptom 6 : Fatigue:
    • long-lasting tiredness
    • Weakness of muscle.
    • pain in your abdomen


  • Symptom 7 : deficiency of Androgen.
    • Tiredness
    • Decrease in energy
    • trouble sleeping


  • Symptom 8: Extremity of drowsiness.


Interaction of Hydromorphone with other medications:


There are high chances of interaction of Hydromorphone oral tablets with other medications, vitamins, or herbs if you are taking them.What does interaction means? It means when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can seriously impact the drug & prevent it from working well.

To avoid certain interactions, every doctor supervises and manages the medications carefully. One should tell the doctor about present consumption of medications. 

What are some drugs that will effects hydromorphones?

Do you know? Many other drugs can interact with Opioid medication and result in dangerous side effects which may result in death. Always take doctor’s guidance when you use:


  • Prescription cough medicine or Opioid pain medicine;
  • Diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, Versed etc
  • Sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine for mental illness;
  • Medicine for migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting,depression, Parkinson’s disease.

This list is not exhaustive. Not every interaction is included here.


How should one take hydromorphone:

Inclusion of all dosages & drug forms may not be possible here. Drug dosages, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  1. how severe your condition is.
  2. how you react to the first dose
  3. your age
  4. the condition being treated
  5. other medical conditions you have


How Long Does a Hydromorphone Last?


Normally it  takes four to five half-lives for drugs to flush out of the body. Now what about the half-life of hydromorphones?  how long it takes for half of the drug to flush out of your system?It actually depends on the way of consumption, but generally it flushes within 2 to 3 hours. Lets see below the medium.



Detection of hydromorphone in urine can be seen for 3 to 4 days after last consumption.


For most healthy individuals, it will take upto 1 to 2 days for a hydromorphone to flush out from the blood.


Detection of drug in a saliva test is for 1 to 4 days after the last intake of drug.


Detections of Hydromorphones in a hair follicle test is for up to 90 days.

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How to flush Hydromorphone Out of Your body:

Normal way to get this out of your body is to stop consumption of the drug so your body will use the fruitful  time to process and flush it. That said, it’s best to be under your doctor’s supervision to flush out hydromorphone in order to have safe withdrawal

Signs And Symptoms of Hydromorphone:


If a person stops consuming hydromorphone it may result in withdrawal. Regular abuse of this drug may also result in withdrawal if one reduces the consumption of doses. Check below the withdrawal symptoms


  • Backache
  • Insomnia 
  • restlessness
  • chills
  • dilated pupils
  • joint and muscle pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • runny nose
  • stomach cramps
  • sweating
  • teary eyes
  • Yawning

Detox Programs:

Withdrawal of hydromorphone may become very painful yet uncomfortable. Intense cravings may also result at this time. Do you know? Inpatient detox programs are one of the treatment programs that provide care at home, so that a person can be safe and comfortable as they detox.


Avail our help:

We hope that the above information helped you understand the side effects of hydromorphone.If you feel to know more about this you can call us on(888) 820-7985.

Many of us use the drug more than the prescribed dose because we wrongly assume the drug to be safe. We think it is safe as it is prescribed by a doctor. However, it may become an addiction, that should not be overdosed or used for a longer period of time.

Thus, we are here for you to answer your queries and lead you towards the goal of addiction free life. We have compiled list of rehab centers for your knowledge  or You just have to dial  (888) 820-7985) and take the first step towards a positive, addiction-free life.

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