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Dilaudid is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain in cases where an opioid is appropriate. Dilaudid may be referred to by its drug name, hydromorphone. Hydromorphone is also sold under the brand name Exalgo.

Dilaudid is an opioid, or synthetic opiate, that works as a potent analgesic (painkiller). Dilaudid is believed to work by reducing the perception of pain.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, regular use of opioids – even as prescribed by a doctor – can lead to dependence. If misused, opioids can cause overdose and death.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Dilaudid is taken every three to six hours.

Dilaudid comes in tablet and oral liquid forms.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Dilaudid lists common side effects including light-headedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing, euphoria, dry mouth, and itchiness.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Dilaudid include life-threatening respiratory depression, adrenal insufficiency, and severe low blood pressure.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Dilaudid Prescribing Information — Purdue Pharma

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