What is Dilaudid 4mg used for?
Dilaudid 4mg like other opioids, stimulates receptors on nerves in the brain to increase the threshold to pain (increasing the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain) and reduce the perception of pain.
Dilaudid 4mg is made using the poppy plant and is also referred to as an opioid, as are all medications derived from poppies.
Dilaudid 4mg should not be used with:
- Buprenorphine (Buprenex, Butrans, in Suboxone)
- Butorphanol (Stadol)
- Ipratropium (Atrovent)
- Medications for glaucoma, irritable bowel disease, Parkinson’s disease, ulcers, and urinary problems
- Pentazocine (Talwin)
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- Phenelzine (Nardil)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
Drinking alcohol or using street drugs while taking Dilaudid increases your risk of serious, life-threatening side effects.
Dilaudid may also make you drowsy. You should exercise caution when driving or operating machinery.
- Immediate-release tablets: Take 2 to 4 mg tablets by mouth every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Increase to 8 mg after careful observation and if needed to control pain.
- Extended-release tablets: Start after discontinuation of all other opioid extended-release tablets. Dosed once-daily, individualized based on prior opioid therapy.
- Injections: Give 1 to 2 mg intramuscularly or subcutaneously every 2 to 3 hours as needed. Give 0.2 to 1 mg intravenously over 2 to 3 minutes every 2 to 3 hours as needed.
- Oral solution: Give 2.5 to 10 mg every 3 to 6 hours as needed.
- Rectal suppository: Insert one 3 mg suppository rectally every 6 to 8 hours OR3 to 6 mg rectally every 3 to 4 hours, when appropriate.
Side effects Dilaudid 4mg
Generally, Dilaudid 4mg is relatively well tolerated but can cause some side effects. Among the most common effects include:
- Dry mouth
Other serious side effects:
Other serious and important side effects of hydromorphone are respiratory depression and trouble breathing.
Since Dilaudid 4mg is a controlled narcotic, it carries a box warning of respiratory depression and abuse potential. Use with alcohol or other medications affecting central nervous system can worsen respiratory depression and may lead to death.You can use Methadone also.