hydromorphone (injection) (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Since hydromorphone is usually given by a healthcare provider, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine. An overdose of hydromorphone can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, shallow breathing, fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while receiving hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medication. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with hydromorphone. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Hydromorphone can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Do not use hydromorphone with other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Before receiving hydromorphone injection, tell your doctor if you are using pentazocine (Talwin), nalbuphine (Nubain), butorphanol (Stadol), or buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex). If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use hydromorphone, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There may be other drugs not listed that can interact with hydromorphone. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about hydromorphone injection.
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