What Is Dilaudid?

What Is Dilaudid?

Dialaudid is prescription medication primarily used to treat the symptoms of severe to chronic pain. It is commonly known by its generic name hydromorphone hydrochloride. Dilaudid is considered to be a Schedule II narcotic and is in the class of opiate analgesic drugs. This means that this drug has a high potential for addiction and abuse. As a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic drug Dilaudid,is derived from Morphine and similar to other opiate medications.

This is why Dilaudid can become equally habit-forming and induce both physical and psychological dependence that will lead to an opioid withdrawal syndrome upon cessation.

Dilaudid's potential for dependency will be different for each individual depending on their physiology, health history and severity of abuse. A person who is addicted to Dilaudid and has taken high doses of this drug over long periods of time will have a hard time coming off of this drug because of the severe withdrawal symptoms they will experience. As it has been proven many times that a person who is addicted to Dilaudid will continue the abuse of this drug because of the fear of withdrawal, but withdrawal does not have to be so painful and uncomfortable. The withdrawal from Dilaudid can be done safely and comfortably with the proper treatment.

At a rehabilitation facility, they can provide the tools needed for a safe and healthy medical detox. Withdrawal symptoms usually set in within hours of the last dose and last up to 2 weeks after discontinuation of this drug. The withdrawal process begins because the body is so used to having this drug in its system a person craves the drug and without it they will feel physically sick. Symptoms of withdrawal can range from mild to severe depending on how bad each individual's addiction was.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms

One of the first and most obvious signs of withdrawal will be an intense craving to use this drug again. Since the drug Dilaudid is extremely addicting, once the person starts going through withdrawal they will have the intense urge and almost unbearable craving to go out and get more drugs. Many individuals have unsuccessful attempts at recovery because of this very problem. The uncomfortable feeling of withdrawal goes away after a person starts to use again.

Withdrawal symptoms may include many of the following:

  • Body Aches and Pains
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Fever and Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Goosesbumps
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Upper Respiratory Problems

Also prolonged misuse of the drug Dilaudid will cause a person many negative side effects on the body. As well as permanent damage that may in fact lead to a lifelong health problems and irreversible damage.

The long term abuse of Dilaudid will affect the body negatively in many different ways. Negative effects to the central nervous system include decreased blood pressure and slow or shallow breathing. This drug will also slow down the gastrointestinal tract and cause constipation. Even more dangerous and possible fatal effects of long term use include changes in heart rhythm and increased blood pressure. Diarrhea, cramps, itching, dry mouth, skin flushing, breathing alterations, constipation, anorexia, cramps and alterations in taste, skin rashes, and urinary difficulties may also occur, but are rare and less serious. An addiction to Dilaudid is serious, and not only is the withdrawal bad but the long term effect is even worse. Dilaudid addicts must consider treatment for a safe withdrawal and successful recovery.

Dilaudid Addiction Treatment Options

Dilaudid addiction requires a medically supervised detox for safe withdrawal and addiction abuse treatment. A quality, medically-supervised detox facility at an in-patient rehabilitation center can help manage any physical and psychological side effects of withdrawal.

After the detoxification process the addict should enter addiction treatment. In a medically supervised addiction treatment program, the addict will be closely supervised so that any emergency can be dealt with immediately. A variety of therapies will provide the addict with the necessary tools to help avoid a relapse such as behavioral health therapy. This will include psychological therapy and counseling to help a patient express their feelings about their addiction. All of these tools are necessary for a person who is willing to commit to becoming drug free for life.

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