Because Hydromorphine is such a strong pain relief medication, the withdrawal symptoms of someone who has become dependent on it are quite intense. The longer the person has been taking the drug, the worse their symptoms are going to be.
In most individuals who quit using Hydromorphine, they will experience flu-like symptoms such as sweating and chills, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and lightheadedness, confusion, muscle cramping, diarrhea, shaking and trembling, and insomnia.
These withdrawal symptoms can last between a few days and two weeks depending on what dose they were taking of the drug before they quit using it. For individuals who have been taking Hydromorphine in fairly small doses for a short period of time before they quit using it, will experience many of these withdrawal symptoms but won’t be as severe; such as mild headaches, some muscle cramping and possible nausea for a few days.
Quitting use of Hydromorphine won’t be an easy process both because of the dependency and addiction to the drug as well as the often severe withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting. This is why counseling and professional help with overcoming the addiction is recommended as treatment, in order for optimum success.
Drug rehab centers can provide everything a patient will need in order to quit using the drug, deal with the 1-2 weeks of withdrawal, go to counseling sessions and attend support groups with other individuals dealing with this addiction and other prescription medication addictions. Drug rehab centers have shown a high success rate with helping patients to overcome their addiction and remain free from relapsing.