The Brand-Name Form of Hydromorphone
Dilaudid is a strong narcotic analgesic, commonly prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain from burns, cancer, surgery, injury, and heart attack. In addition to its pain relieving effects, Dilaudid also gives users a “rush” that has been described as very similar to that of heroin. This “rush” can lead individuals to seek out the drug for recreational use and descend into Dilaudid drug abuse. Many individuals inadvertently become addicted to dilaudid while receiving it for a medical condition. This can occur when Dilaudid is used for more than a few weeks or at higher doses.
Dilaudid drug abuse can also be fueled by increased user tolerance. This tolerance first becomes apparent as the effects of the drug wear off after shorter and shorter periods of time. Later, individuals will require a higher dose to achieve the same effect. Over an extended period of Dilaudid drug abuse, individuals undergo physical and psychological changes that make them feel that they need the drug to feel normal.
Side Effects of Dilaudid Abuse
In addition to its potential for addiction, Dilaudid drug abusers can have a number of side effects. These include: anorexia, anxiety, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, fear, difficulty urinating, mood swings, nausea, restlessness, sedation, sluggishness, and vomiting. Dilaudid drug abuse can also cause serious and even life-threatening respiratory depression. These effects can all be intensified by alcohol – which is a common factor in many Dilaudid overdoses.
Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms
Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms can be quite serious, and include: anxiety, insomnia, sweating, chills, shivering, restlessness, yawning, disturbed sleep, irritability, anxiety, weakness, muscle spasms, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, repetitive sneezing, hot and cold flashes, and muscle cramps. Sometimes they require immediate medical attention. This is why anyone looking to end their cycle of Dilaudid abuse should do so in a medically supervised detox facility. Even after detoxification, individuals generally need long-term drug treatment and counseling.