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Dilaudid Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- How should I use hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dilaudid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dilaudid)?
- What should I avoid while using hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- What other drugs will affect hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Dilaudid)?
Since hydromorphone is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Extended-release hydromorphone is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
What happens if I overdose (Dilaudid)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of hydromorphone can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, shallow breathing, fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while using hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
Hydromorphone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect hydromorphone (Dilaudid)?
Do not take hydromorphone with other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Before taking hydromorphone, tell your doctor if you are using pentazocine (Talwin), nalbuphine (Nubain), butorphanol (Stadol), or buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use hydromorphone, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with hydromorphone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about hydromorphone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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