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Dilaudid-HP Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP
Generic Name: hydromorphone (injection) (Pronunciation: hy dro MOR fone)
- What is hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What are the possible side effects of hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What is the most important information I should know about hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- How is hydromorphone injection used (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What should I avoid while receiving hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- What other drugs will affect hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
Hydromorphone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It is similar to morphine.
Hydromorphone injection is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Hydromorphone injection may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
- seizure (convulsions);
- cold, clammy skin;
- severe weakness or dizziness; or
- feeling light-headed, fainting.
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
- warmth, tingling, or redness under your skin;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
- dizziness, headache;
- pain or tenderness where the injection was given;
- dry mouth;
- itching; or
- sleep problems (insomnia).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Dilaudid-HP (hydromorphone hydrochloride injection) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid-HP)?
Hydromorphone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Hydromorphone injection should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Do not drink alcohol while you are receiving hydromorhphone. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Hydromorphone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not stop using hydmorphone suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
You should not receive hydromorphone injection unless you are already being treated with a similar opioid pain medicine and your body is tolerant to it. Talk with your doctor if you are not sure you are opioid-tolerant.
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