What is dilaudid(hydromorphone) 8mg?
Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) 8mg oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drugs Dilaudid(immediate release) and Exalgo (extended release). Both immediate-release and extended-release tablets are also available as generic drugs. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name versions.
Also, dilaudid (Hydromorphone) 8mg comes in the following forms:
- oral liquid solution
- injectable solution
- high-potency injectable solution
- The injectable solutions are only given by a healthcare provider.
Moreover, dilaudid Hydromorphone 8mg oral tablet is a controlled substance. Your use of this drug will be closely monitored by your doctor.
Why do we use Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) 8mg?
Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) 8mg oral tablet is used to treat severe pain that isn’t controlled by other treatments. The extended-release tablet is used for people who need daily, around-the-clock pain treatment.
This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
How does Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) 8mg works ?
Dilaudid hydromorphone 8mg oral tablet belongs to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t known exactly how this drug works to ease pain. It may reduce pain by acting on certain opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which make up your central nervous system.
How should we take hydromorphone 8mg ?
Hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg comes as a liquid, a tablet, and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. The liquid is usually taken every 3 to 6 hours and the tablets are usually taken every 4 to 6 hours. The extended-release tablets are taken once daily with or without food. Take hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg exactly as directed.
Do not allow the hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg liquid to touch your skin or clothing. If such contact occurs, remove any clothes exposed to the oral liquid and wash your skin thoroughly with cool water.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg and gradually increase your dose, not more often than once every 3 to 4 days. Your doctor may decrease your dose if you experience side effects. Tell your doctor if you feel that your pain is not controlled or if you experience side effects during your treatment with hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg. Do not change the dose of your medication without talking to your doctor.
Do not stop taking hydromorphone without talking to your doctor. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. If you suddenly stop taking hydromorphone 8mg, you may experience withdrawal symptoms including restlessness, teary eyes, runny nose, yawning, sweating, chills, hair standing on end, muscle or joint pain, widening of the pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes), irritability, anxiety, backache, weakness, stomach cramps, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, fast breathing, or fast heartbeat. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. If you do not take hydromorphone ( Dilaudid) 8mg extended-release tablets for longer than 3 days for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking the medication again.
Other uses for Dilaudid 8mg
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you are taking the tablets or solution, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
If you are taking the extended-release tablets, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than one dose of the extended-release tablets in 24 hours.