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Dilaudid vs. Percocet

Are Dilaudid and Percocet the Same Thing?

Dilaudid (hydromorphone hydrochloride) and Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) are opioid analgesics used for control of moderate to severe pain. One difference is that Percocet also contains a pain reliever and fever reducer (analgesic and antipyretic) and may be used for an extended period of time. Another difference is that Dilaudid is available in injectable and oral forms. Percocet is only available in oral form.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Dilaudid?

Common side effects of Dilaudid include:

Serious side effects of Dilaudid include

  • shallow, weak, or very slow breathing,
  • trouble breathing,
  • slow heart rate,
  • confusion,
  • lightheadedness or fainting,
  • seizures (convulsions),
  • cold clammy skin,
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest,
  • wheezing,
  • confusion,
  • severe weakness or drowsiness,
  • mental/mood changes (such as agitations, confusion, hallucinations),
  • severe stomach or abdominal pain,
  • difficulty urinating, or
  • death.

After a few weeks of use, patients may develop both tolerance and physical dependence on Dilaudid and may need to be slowly weaned off the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Percocet?

Common side effects of Percocet include:

  • constipation,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • sleepiness,
  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • itching,
  • headache,
  • blurred vision,
  • dry mouth,
  • sweating, and
  • decreases in the ability to feel pain.

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Percocet including:

What is Dilaudid?

Dilaudid (hydromorphone hydrochloride) and Dilaudid Injection (also termed Dilaudid HP) are the tablet, liquid and IV forms of an opioid analgesic used for control of moderate to severe pain.

What is Percocet?

Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) is a combination drug consisting of an opioid and a pain reliever and fever reducer (analgesic and antipyretic) used for the management of moderate to severe pain, usually for an extended time period.

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What Drugs Interact With Dilaudid?

Opioids could cause a rare but potentially life-threatening condition resulting from concomitant administration of serotonergic drugs.

What Drugs Interact With Percocet?

Who should not take Percocet?

Do not take Percocet if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

If you develop signs of allergy such as a rash or difficulty breathing stop taking Percocet and contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Do not take more than 4000 milligrams of acetaminophen per day. Call your doctor if you took more than the recommended dose.

Patients should be aware that Percocet tablets contain oxycodone, which is a morphinelike substance.

Patients should be instructed to keep Percocet tablets in a secure place out of the reach of children. In the case of accidental ingestions, emergency medical care should be sought immediately.

When Percocet tablets are no longer needed, the unused tablets should be destroyed by flushing down the toilet.

Patients should be advised not to adjust the medication dose themselves. Instead, they must consult with their prescribing physician.

How Should Dilaudid Be Taken?

Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals. Initiate the dosing regimen for each patient individually, taking into account the patient's severity of pain, patient response, prior analgesic treatment experience, and risk factors for addiction, abuse, and misuse. Monitor patients closely for respiratory depression, especially within the first 24-72 hours of initiating therapy and following dosage increases with DILAUDID INJECTION or DILAUDID-HP INJECTION and adjust the dosage accordingly.

Use of opioids including Dilaudid and Percocet can easily lead to dependency. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking these medications.

How Should Percocet Be Taken?

Dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and the response of the patient. It may occasionally be necessary to exceed the usual dosage recommended below in cases of more severe pain or in those patients who have become tolerant to the analgesic effect of opioids. If pain is constant, the opioid analgesic should be given at regular intervals on an around-the-clock schedule. Percocet tablets are given orally.

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References

RxList. Dilaudid Prescribing Information.
https://www.rxlist.com/dilaudid-drug.htm
RxList. Percocet Prescribing Information.
https://www.rxlist.com/percocet-drug.htm
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