Hydromorphone is the generic name for prescription opioid pain medications such as Dilaudid, Dilaudid-5, and Exalgo. First approved by the FDA in 1984, hydromorphone is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain from injury of surgery. It is not prescribed under normal conditions as an everyday-use painkiller due to its potential for abuse and dependency. It is strictly used as an extended-release pain relief drug.

Intake of hydromorphone in amounts larger than the prescribed dose can cause severe life-threatening effects, and if used on a regular basis without a prescription, it can lead a person to the path of abuse, dependency, and addiction. For this reason, it is important to take the medicine as a whole and never in crushed or broken form. For pregnant women, hydromorphone should be used strictly after thorough medical examination, since its use can affect the newborn and make him or her permanently dependent on the drug.

Hydromorphone Abuse

Hydromorphone can become extremely dangerous when taken together with alcohol. As in the case of other opioid pain medications, hydromorphone brand names like Dilaudid may cause euphoria, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, difficulty urinating, constipation and difficulty breathing. Long term abuse of this drug can cause serious physical and mental effects such as guilt, intense dependency or attachment to the drug and fear of withdrawal effects. Some common withdrawal effects of Dilaudid include muscle pain, body cramps, insomnia, shaking, irritability, restlessness, diarrhea, cold, extreme anxiety, and unease.


Other Names for Hydromorphone

Other names used for Hydromorphone include the following:

  • D: The short form of Dilaudid, this is a popular street slang used for the highly addictive narcotic painkillers.
  • Dillies: A common street slang used for Dilaudid which is commonly available in the form of tablets.
  • Footballs: Dilaudid pills are sometimes shaped like a football, and to refer to them collectively, the name Footballs became a slang term.
  • Juice: A slang term often used to refer to hydromorphone containing drugs.
  • Smack: While more often used as a street slang for heroin, Smack is also sometimes used for Dilaudid.

The withdrawal symptoms can start appearing as early as a week after Dilaudid abuse. This addiction is serious, and if you or a loved one have been struggling to get off this drug, please contact IntoTreatment today.

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