Dilaudid (Injection)

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dilaudid adminitration

I am an Emergency room nurse, the past month I have received orders for Dilaudid for pain management, on 2 separate occassions I have administered it and the patients have respiratory arrested requiring narcan administration for reversal. Both account...
by s davis in virginia, 05/04/2007

injectable IV Dilaudid

When giving the injectable IV form of Dilaudid, would there ever be a reason to dilute the drug in the syringe first?
by laura mathews in arvada CO, 10/15/2006

Is Dilaudid slowly killing my grandmother?

My grandma has been medicated with 2mg of dilaudid IPV several times a day for several days. She is experiencing "low blood pressure" lightheadedness, nausea, severe itching to the point of "bruising" her arms from scratching, shallow breathing, lower...
by Michelle P in Hobart, IN, 11/06/2005

Dilaudid (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Dilaudid (Injection)

Dilaudid (Injection) Medication Classification


Dilaudid (Injection) Brandname

Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP

Dilaudid (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Hydromorphone (hye-droe-MOR-fone) Treats moderate to severe pain. Belongs to a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics.

When To Not Use Dilaudid (Injection)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to hydromorphone or to related narcotic pain-killers. You should not use hydromorphone if you have lung or breathing problems, or if you have an injury or wound inside your skull.

How Should You Use Dilaudid (Injection)


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • An IM injection is a shot given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks).
  • An SC injection is a shot given just under the skin, usually in the back of your upper arm or the top of your thigh.
  • An IV infusion is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine. Sometimes you, a family member, or friend can be taught to give your medicine.
  • To avoid dizziness from this medicine, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
  • Take the rest of your doses for the day at evenly spaced time intervals, then return to your normal schedule.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Dilaudid (Injection) Storage

Store Dilaudid (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Dilaudid (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Dilaudid (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking medicine for diarrhea, an MAO inhibitor (Nardil®, Parnate®, Eldepryl®), or medicines that may make you sleepy such as cold or allergy medicines, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or other pain killers.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while using hydromorphone.

Dilaudid (Injection) Warnings

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you liver, kidney, gallbladder, or inflammatory bowel disease, an enlarged prostate, or trouble going to the bathroom.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. You should not use more than your doctor ordered, or use for longer periods of time than prescribed.
  • Talk to your doctor before you stop taking this medicine. You may need to take smaller and smaller amounts before stopping completely.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy or dizzy. Avoid driving or using machinery.

Dilaudid (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing
  • Severe skin rash, itching, or hives
  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble going to the bathroom (urinating)
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Drowsiness or confusion
  • Dizziness, headache, or blurred vision
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Sweating, or cold, clammy skin

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Dilaudid (Injection)

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Louis Roberts, casselberry florida - 07/04/2009

I messed up my ribs pretty bad playing basketball and falling on concrete. The Dilaudid does help reduce pain, but the drop in potassium is a concern.

Dilaudid (Injection)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: ****


amanda, India - 11/20/2010

I'm a stage IV bone cancer patient (metastized from prostate) that was given less than 2 months to live back in April of 2010 and I have passed that death sentence a few months ago and doing fairly well considering. I was not able to tolerate radiation treatments, chemotherapy, ADT and cancer drugs. Against my doctors advice I discontinued all cancer treatment after giving it an honest try for several weeks to no avail. Combined with Cyclobenzaprine, Dexamethasone and Lorazepam I been able to resume a more normal sleep pattern that has been elusive for me. At least now I feel a bit more human, I can function and I'm able to cope with what is facing me. Pain is manageable and I seem to be able to tolerate this drug well. Side effects from Dilaudid seem to be non-existent other than a little sleepiness in the evening which is fine for me. I have regained 41lbs that I lost earlier this year and I am a little concerned about that but will try to manage it with diet.