Dilaudid Side Effects

Dilaudid is the brand name preparation for the generic drug, hydromorphone. The Drug Enforcement Agency classifies drugs according to their potential for abuse. The DEA has classified Dilaudid as a Schedule II narcotic, which means Dilaudid carries a high potential for abuse and may lead to physical or mental dependence. A person does not normally become physically dependent on Dilaudid unless he continues to use it for several weeks but it is possible to develop a physical dependence on Dilaudid in as little as a week of opioid use.

Dilaudid is a favorite among recreational users because of the way it gets them high. Dilaudid is frequently the subject of diversion, which is the illegal distribution, abuse, or unintended use of prescription drugs. Individuals taking prescription Dilaudid should store the medication where it cannot be discovered, used or stolen by persons intending to divert it to criminal, recreational use.

Misuse of Dilaudid caplets and liquid can result in overdose and death. Side effects associated with injectable Dilaudid abuse include tissue death near the site of injection, infection, lesions in the lung and an increased risk for heart problems. Additionally, injectable Dilaudid abuse is associated with the transmission of communicable diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

It is especially important to administer Dilaudid as directed; serious or fatal side effects can occur. Two individuals have died after injecting non-injectable Dilaudid. One person died after injecting crushed Dilaudid tablets and the other after shooting up two melted Dilaudid suppositories.

Dilaudid, like all medicine, has the potential to cause side effects even when used as prescribed. Many people experience no, or minor, side effects from taking Dilaudid. Most side effects are not serious and disappear after a few days. A few side effects are serious and require the attention of a medical professional.

Continue taking Dilaudid but contact the prescribing physician if your non-serious side effects become intolerable or persistent.

Common Side Effects

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Flushing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Sweating

Stop taking Dilaudid and seek medical attention if you experience serious side effects associated with this medication.

Serious Side Effects Include

  • Changes in Vision
  • Fainting
  • Fast, Slow or Irregular Heartbeat
  • Hallucinations
  • Mental or Mood Changes
  • Seizure
  • Severe or Persistent Dizziness or Drowsiness
  • Severe or Persistent Headache or Vomiting
  • Shallow, Slowed or Difficulty Breathing
  • Tremor
  • Trouble Urinating

Dilaudid causes certain side effects associated with specific systems within the body, including the way your central nervous system, or CNS, function. Dilaudid may cause respiratory depression, which means the lungs do not adequately exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide. Dilaudid also represses the urge to cough. Respiratory depression is sometimes fatal.

Other CNS side effects include mental depression and feelings of unhappiness, agitation, confusion or become delirious. A person who has taken Dilaudid may seem extremely drowsy or difficult to wake up. Dilaudid may increase intracranial pressure or cause involuntary muscle twitches.

Dilaudid has rarely been associated with cardiovascular side effects. These side effects include severely low blood pressure, shock and irregular heartbeat.

Dilaudid may affect your digestive system. Common side effects include constipation, nausea or vomiting and dry mouth. Dilaudid may also cause spasms along the biliary tract, causing abdominal pain.

Dilaudid may cause rashes and contact dermatitis. These side effects are rare. Individuals who have received Dilaudid injections may experience redness, swelling and pain at the sight of injection.