What is Dilaudid?
Dilaudid®, generically known as hydromorphone, is a powerful, short-acting opiate prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain. This drug acts to relieve pain by binding to receptors in the brain to decrease the feeling of pain and to reduce the emotional response to pain.
Is Dilaudid addicting?
Dilaudid® is a highly addictive substance and may be habit forming. Within a few weeks of consistently taking Dilaudid®, the body adjusts to the presence of the drug and a tolerance develops. As a tolerance to Dilaudid® develops, the body requires more and more Dilaudid® to achieve pain relief. Taking higher doses of Dilaudid® can increase the risk of experiencing uncomfortable side effects.
While the health consequences of developing a Dilaudid® addiction are serious and potentially life threatening, the social consequences of the drug are equally disturbing.
Signs of Dilaudid Addiction
- Extreme drug seeking behaviors
- Financial Problems
- Appearance of withdrawal symptoms
Dilaudid® withdrawals are extremely uncomfortable and can start as soon as a few hours after the last dose. Without medical supervision, decreasing a dose or stopping Dilaudid® intake altogether may cause these initial symptoms.
Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms
- Flu-like symptoms
Under the supervision of the professionals at Outpatient Detox, patients do not need to fear experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Patients can detox off of Dilaudid® in the comfort of their own homes with personalized treatment plans that allow them to remain safe, calm, comfortable and able to sleep at night throughout the detoxification period. Outpatient Detox understands that each patient is different and has his or her own specific needs. Outpatient Detox does not replace Dilaudid® with maintenance drugs; instead, the professionals at Outpatient Detox free patients of all drugs allowing patients to return to their normal, healthy lives.