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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 given (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 an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Hydromorphone injection is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Hydromorphone injection may also be used for purposes not 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 a serious side effect such as:
- weak or shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out.;
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- confusion, severe weakness or drowsiness.
Less serious side effects may include:
- blurred vision, double vision;
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
- nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain;
- dizziness, drowsiness;
- pain where the injection was given;
- dry mouth;
- sweating, itching; or;
- sleep problems (insomnia), or strange dreams.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. 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)?
You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine, if you have paralytic ileus (a bowel obstruction), or if you are having an asthma attack.
Hydromorphone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol while you are receiving hydromorphone. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how hydromorphone will affect you.
Do not stop using hydromorphone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using hydromorphone.
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