Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP
Generic Name: hydromorphone (injection) (Pronunciation: hy dro MOR fone)
What is hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Hydromorphone injection is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Hydromorphone injection may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about hydromorphone injection (Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP)?
Hydromorphone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol while you are receiving hydromorphone. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how hydromorphone will affect you.
Do not stop using hydromorphone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using hydromorphone.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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