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Comment from: Pam , 45-54 Published: July 27

My sister just passed away from her dilaudid addicton, plus whatever else she was taking in her bag of tricks. All her drugs were doctor prescribed. She went to sleep and never woke up. We are still waiting for the toxicology reports from the medical examanier, but it wasn't hard to figure it out. Please be careful to those of you who use prescription drugs. Take them as prescribed, not as you feel like it. She was only 48 years old. It was so unneccesary, and I am so angry at her that my elderly parents had to bury a child for no good reason. Thanks for listening.

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Comment from: a369mi, 45-54 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 18

I had a flare-up of "acute calcific tendinitis". As I'm a chronic pain patient, I take OxyContin 80 mg tablets 3 times a day along with OxyFast liquid oral concentrate 3 times per day. However, this medication would not control the pain I was experiencing from the aforementioned condition. Thus, I had to go to the Emergency Room where I was injected with Dilaudid. Within 30 minutes the pain was under control. My doctor has given me 5 Dilaudid No. 8 tablets to keep by my bedside for the next flare-up, which my rheumatologist tells me will occur sooner or later.

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Comment from: JesPen, 19-24 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: October 30

I have suffered for about 6 years now with severe abdominal adhesion's. I had to frequently visit the ER to get the pain under control. I did have surgery for it about a year and a half ago. The surgery results lasted for about a year, then I was right back into to ER. Dilaudid has been the only thing that can bring me relief from my pain. My last trip to the ER was about a week ago and the doctor gave me a prescription for Dilaudid to take home as well. I have tried Vicodin and Precocet for the pain, while they work when it's not at its worst, the Dilaudid really helps knock down the pain so I can function. Another good idea for chronic pain sufferers, to have a care plan. This last time I went to the ER, the doctor looked back at all the times I had been there before, he said to have my regular doctor talk to him and that way they can set up a plan of care for every time I have to come into the ER. No matter what doctor is there, the same plan will be followed. And if the pain is at a controllable point, where I don't need to come in to the ER, I can call my regular doctor and get an emergency prescription. Dealing with the pain is enough, you shouldn't have to fight with the doctor to give you something that works for you!

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Comment from: mspoptart, 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: July 04

I suffer from chronic back pain. I have taken Norco, vicodin and oxycontin and fentanyl patches and for sure the Dilauded has been the best for pain relief. I take about 8mg four to six times a day and it makes the HUGEST difference in my pain. Yes, it can cause constipation so I up my fiber and yes I can see how its addicting but its the only thing that works and I see my doctor all the time and if I am using more than prescribed I let her know. I can see that weaning off this wont be easy BUT it allows me to have a life that I would not otherwise have. Chronic pain sucks, but I want to be able to walk, work, have sex, play with my niece, etc..

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Comment from: margaret, 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: July 09

After an emergency surgery for intestinal obstruction, I had a good 3 week stay in hospital. When I was finally sent home I was given 1mg/4x/day of Dilaudid. It worked well for me, I have no nausea (i take it with food or glass of milk), I function normal on my everyday tasks. Until now, after being on this drug for almost 3 months, I have been trying to whine off the medication and it has been hard for me. My symptoms are EXACTLY whats described on WEBMD site. Until two weeks ago, I started not to take Dilaudid as prescribe. From 4 a day, I gradually eased it down to 3 per day, then 2 a day, until last week, to one pill a day. This week, I can go for 24 hours without it but then my body starts to "look" for it. I did not know what was going on with me physically (nothing mentally) until I did a search on WEBMD and that is when I found out that all of what I HAVE BEEN experiencing in the past week such as BODY CHILLS, RESTLESNESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, etc., is part of WITHDRAWAL symptoms from this med., I like the pill it TRULY helps the pain, it's just I don't like all of the side effects mentally and physically. Now What??? Do I have to be on more medications because of the SIDE EFFECTS of Dilaudid? C'mon, I don't like taking pills for anything unless it's Vitamins or supplements. I like feeling normal.

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Comment from: Timber Ridge Road, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 16

I have chronic back and neck pain along with abdominal pain. I'm not allowed OTC pain relievers, and was tried out on Vicodin but no help. Dilaudid is a total miracle medicine that takes my pain and headaches away faster and does not return easily. I'm on 2mg every 4 hours as needed. It's hard to get a script sometimes cause of it's ability for addiction, which I've proven I don't abuse the privilege to be pain free. I like the IV form much better cause it works faster, but the pill eventually kicks in and I feel alive again and part of the world. I've been on it intermittently for a few years now.

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Comment from: veeleenj, 55-64 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: November 03

I have severe diabetic neuropathy in my feet. If it weren't for this medicine, I would not be able too walk or live a somewhat normal life. This drug understanding it's addictive ways, I couldn't imagine life without it.

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Comment from: tunia0721, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: December 11

I have chronic Degenerative Disk Disease, Arthritis, Scoliosis in my back, pain in both shoulders, both hips, neck, right knee i had an acl on knee and 6 back surgeries relating to a stimulator put in me & yrs later removed due to body rejecting it. I also have interstatational cystitis of bladder, gastroparesis, occasional migraines and pain tingling and numbness down arms and legs. so pain is in numerous areas of my body just back is the worse.

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Comment from: jlf, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: July 29

I have avn in left hip and ruptured disc at L5-S1 and L4-L5. It seems like different medications work at different times so I have to rotate them. If you get a doctor that is a pain doctor, you will have more success. The meds that have helped me have been Tylox, Dilaudid, Fentanyl Patch, and even Vicodin helped at times. The two strongest are Dilaudid and Fentanyl. Dilaudid is actually many times stronger than morphine, but not as strong as Fentanyl. Fentanyl does not administer the medical punch that dilaudid does though. My wife has chronic pain from a number of diseases and she swears by the Fentanyl saying it is the best thing in her 25 years of chronic pain. I think the Dilaudid is the best for me, but I will probably have to rotate to something else after awhile longer. I guess some people's body chemistry is just unusual so if you get to a point where the medication does not work, keep trying something else or even combinations to get your relief. And make sure you get a doctor that is not afraid to prescribe. Some states will punish a doctor that does not give his patients relief. Google it if you need to find one that specializes in pain relief.

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Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: January 31

On my 4th and 5th knees, including originals, have had bilateral ankle and foot reconstruction. Left ankle did not keep correction. Chronic pain in knees , ankles, and feet. Been taking 4mg 3 time a day for several years. Would not have quality of life without pain control. Feel very blessed that my body has not needed dosage increase. It would be very nice if people who are helped by this drug were not made to do handstands and go thru lots of hoops to receive this. Don't like 'doctor shopping' but because of the attitudes against this drug many doctors will not prescribe.

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Comment from: 35-44 on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: January 06

I have pulmonary sarcoidosis, and as a result I frequently suffer from pleurisy; which is inflammation of the pleura (the lining of the lungs). When I breath, and my lungs expand the inflammation causes my lungs to touch my rib cage - this is extremely painful and distressing as breathing is an essential function of life. I was placed on a variety of medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, even NSAIDS. Nothing worked for me, and I felt that I was out of luck and out of hope. My doctor subsequently placed me on 4mg of hydromorphone and a prednisone taper. This worked for me in ways that I thought impossible. I found myself taking less pain medication because the effects of this medication lasts longer and is much more effective for the type of pain that I was experiencing. Rightfully so, I was scared that I would become tolerant to this medication and would require a higher dose and could possibly become addicted. That was not the case. Working with my doctors and specialists my pain is well managed by hydromorphone. I take my medication as prescribed by my doctor and even find that I do not have to take this medication as often as prescribed because its strength. I am proud to say that through the hard work of my doctors, and their listening (and hearing) me actively help alleviate my pain from an incurable and painful condition.

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Comment from: JohnK, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: October 22

Having chronic pancreatitus for 2 years seems everyday was a minimum of a 5 pain often shooting to 10. After taking Vicodin for several months (7.5) prescribed from my primary physician, I went to a pain management Dr. He prescribed Morphine Sulfate CR twice a day and Dilaudid for breakthrough pain. I actually have most days with no pain at all now. Truly amazing.

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Comment from: 65-74 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: August 05

In the year 2000, I had Diverticulitis which burst into the peritoneal cavity thus causing me to become sepsis. The surgery was botched thus causing ongoing chronic pain. I also have malignant melanoma. I have had 2 total knee replacements on the same knee in the last 4 years and various other problems resulting in severe chronic pain. Between my Doctor and myself, we tried every pain medication with no luck until he put me on Dilaudid (1-2 tablets 4mg every 3 hours as needed for pain). I have absolutely no side effects and what a blessing it has been having quality to my life again.

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Comment from: Twinkie, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: June 14

Tore a tendon in my ankle, awaiting surgery. The pain is excruciating; oxycodone immediate release or hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin) are not great, but they actually relieve some pain. I'm on 4 mg every 4-6 hours of hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and I feel absolutely no pain relief what-so-ever and I am afraid to have my doc increase the dose because I'm paranoid about the possibility to stop breathing as this is a huge warning on this medicine, more-so than hydrocodone or oxycodone. I took Vicodin 10/300 for 10 days and then Oxycodone 10mg for 10 days, so I doubt if I have tolerance already. Taking the Dilaudid back to the pharmacy for disposal and asking my doc to please just give me 20-30 mg of Oxycodone instead of the 10 mg I was on. I'd rather have this because Hydrocodone does not come without acetaminophen, but Oxycodone does. Dilaudid works well in a hospital setting through an IV, but the tablets are useless and I will not be taking them after surgery either. Oxycodone with some Aleve should work just fine. Hope this helps.

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Comment from:, 45-54 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: May 05

I have spinal issues at L4&5 along w/ issues at C1,C2,C3. I have spinal pain daily. This medication is the only one that seems to work for me. However, only truly get relief from the name brand. Generics have too much buffers that interfere w/the drugs performance. So people when buying a pain medication, get name brand. FDA lets manufacturers "play" w/generics up to 20% in either active or inactive ingredent.

Comment from: isrowley, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: January 23


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Comment from: Davo, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: August 11

I was on Actiq 800 mcg 4/day and Duragesic 100 mcg/hour for about six months for chronic/migraine headaches with little relief. My insurance company decided they didn't want to pay the $1600/month bill for the Actiq so my pain doctor switched me to Dilaudid 8 mg every 4-6 hours and suddenly my pain level went from 7 down to about 2. My pain doctor died and it took me over a year to find another doctor willing to prescribe this medication. I have been back on it for two years and except for a few major attacks a year which I can manage with the addition of Toradol and Zofran, I have gone from wanting to drive my car into a concrete overpass everyday to starting my own business.

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Comment from: feeling wonderful, 55-64 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: January 14

had lower part of my left lung removed due to cancer. The pain of the nerves that were cut and trying to take a deep breath was very painful the hydromorphone has taken care of the pain and can I thank God for it.I have had no side effects from it at all and it takes care of the pain.

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Comment from: THE ADVOCATE, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: August 18

I take this edication for multifocal severe chronic breakthrough pain 8mg.up to 5 daily in addition to m.s.contin 180g. daily.being a large man-300 plus lbs. and having a 20 yr. exposure to these meds-i have found this med to be very effective orally-it seems to have a higher g. intake to actual g. bioavailability factor than ost c-2s-although tolerance does develop relatively quickly-but not as quickly as meperidine.i have had no problems with nausea but some constipation-heres a good tip-eat 10-15 red,seedless grapes with meals-and try powerade zero-a quart or more daily-the constipation will abate quickly.all in all-this is by far the best breakthrough tab available-there are problems though-first-NEVER tell others you take this drug-addicts love it-and are willing to pay dealers top dollar-this equals danger if youre not very careful.secondly-it is unrealistic, in y opinion to expect total pain relief with any painkiller regimen-dilaudid is no different.most pain specialists definitely know how to prescribe this med or any other pain med much better than family mds or internists-particularly with regard to tolerance.I WOULD ONLY BEG AND PLEAD ONE THING- THOSE OF YOU WHO RECREATIONALLY USE THIS DRUG OR ANY OTHER PAINKILLER-PLEASE GET HELP AND STOP.YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF IF YOU ABUSE THIS DRUG-AND THEN THOSE OF US WHO TAKE IT JUST TO HAVE SOME SEMBLANCE OF A NORMAL LIFE-WILL HAVE A HARDER TIME GETTING IT-WHEN REGULATORY GROUPS CITE YOU AS A CASE STUDY ON WHY THEY SHOULD NOT EVEN BE PRESCRIBED TO CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS-HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE-I PRAY FOR ALL OF US AND REQUEST THE SAME.MAY GOD BLESS..AN N.P.F. MEMBER-JOIN US...

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Comment from: fronz60, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: July 26

I take this for chronic migraines the main problem is I depevelop a tolerance very fast. For this reson I will stop for a "break". It is frustrating the difficulty in obtaining this RX. My tollerance is very high and now I have to take 20 to 40 mgs. in asingle dose. The meds work but the red tape actualy can cause me more misery.I have no criminal hisotry am 55 years old and just trying to improve my quality of life. The meds work but the system often fails!

Comment from: mam, 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: April 17

I have been dx with fibromyalgia for years, because of that--anytime I complain of unexplained pain it's automatically associated to fibro. After calling 911 because I simply could not take the pain (stand without assistance, sleep, speak coherently without great effort, etc.) for months. My doctor finally took me seriously. It's been a week and it's brought the pain down to a manageable level (I'm on 2 mg every 4 hours). I no longer wish to be dead, so that really is saying something. I have not experienced any side effects (including light headiness or sleepiness etc.)--now if they'd just actually figure out what was wrong with me.

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Comment from: finallylivingagain, 19-24 Female on Treatment for 1-2 years Published: May 12

i have had a steel rod put in my leg(two surgerys) and a steel rod in my arm(4 surgerys) i have taken everything from tramadol to oxycontin the only thing that truely works has been dilaudid i think it is a wonder of medicine.....

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Comment from: Rich, 55-64 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: November 09

Very bad side effects. Taken in hospital with hospital staff administering dose. I was seriously dilusional even to the point that I was convinced in my mind the staff in charge of my care was plotting to seriously hurt me. It got so bad that I even began to suspect my wife (who was by my side over 18 hrs /day) had joined the staff in trying to sabotoge my care. After my wife demanded they cease administering this drug I started to return to a normal emotional state of mind

Comment from: [email protected], 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: October 05

medication was given to me, after arguing with me about using morphine, which was been the medication of choice due to effectiveness for migraines. turns out i'm allergic to it just like demerol. same paralytic reaction and xerostomia. after being given a large dose of benedryl to counter the demerol, and the migraine was still in full effect, i was then given toradol and morphine and benedryl, in case of another reaction. as a result of past experience, now that hospital HAS to give me benedryl with every pain medication, not knowing for sure which pain medication is going to cause me a problem, because i know for a fact that demerol and dilaudid i'm allergic to, as well as haldol and compazine. be extremely careful when listing your allergies to medications, and make sure that all considerations are made regarding all drugs given to you, and that when it comes to giving you pain medications, that you are given what you know works. your system is already compromised, you don't need to add to it.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: August 28

Use of Dilaudid has been to help control pain that my pain pump does not. Morphine pump and 7 back operations have left me unable to work, and many times isolate myself from contact with any one but my wife. It has taken a long and painful journey to get what relief I now have. Although pain is constant, 4mg. of Dilaudid 8 times a day has helped a lot. Naturally, I did the best medical decision in my life, by going to a pain management clinic. It's 120 miles from my home, but the trip once a month to have my pump refilled and get a new script for Diaudid is worth it.

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