Dilaudid Addiction

Hydromorphone is a potent Schedule II opioid analgesic drug. By brand it’s Dilaudid, as well as Exalgo. Hydromorphone is also marketed in generic forms.

Hydromorphone is prescribed for relief of moderate-to-severe pain and comes in various forms, including injectable ampules, multiple dose vials, tablets and suppositories.

Dilaudid can cost anywhere from $5 to $100 per pill.
It can also cost you your life.


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Licit Uses of Dilaudid


Dilaudid (hydromorphone), is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist derived from morphine. It field tests positive as an opiate. Pharmacological and toxic effects, clinical indications and contraindications, abuse and dependence liabilities of hydromorphone are essentially similar to those of other Schedule II opioid analgesics such as morphine, oxycodone, etc. Doses of 1.3 and 7.5 mg hydromorphone are equivalent to 10 and 30 mg morphine when taken by the intramuscular and oral routes, respectively. And the effects can be felt within 15 to 30 minutes and last for more than five hours.

Like other opioids, Dilaudid produces euphoria, feelings of relaxation, reduced anxiety, respiratory depression, sedation, constipation, papillary constriction, and cough suppression. Acute overdose can produce severe respiratory depression, somnolence progressing to stupor or coma, skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, constricted pupils, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, and death. Pure opioid antagonists such as naloxone work as antidotes to hydromorphone overdose.

Illicit Uses of Dilaudid


Like other Schedule II opioids, Dilaudid has a high abuse and dependence potential. It also produces tolerance. Before the rise in popularity of hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, etc) and oxycodone (Roxicodone, OxyContin, etc) among drug abusers, low dose Dilaudid was the most abused and diverted opioid. Dilaudid abuse is generally found most among rural and suburban populations.

Dilaudid can be illicitly obtained via forged prescriptions, "doctor-shopping," crooked pharmacists and physicians, armed robberies, as well as robberies of pharmacies and nursing homes. And all of the aforementioned have been reported by DEA field offices across the country. A 4 mg tablet of Dilaudid can cost anywhere from $5 to $100 per pill, depending on the region, but one dose generally sells for $40-50. Like other opioids, naloxone can reverse the effects of Dilaudid overdose. And like all other opioids, Dilaudid addiction can be effectively addressed with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

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