Dilaudid is a painkiller that has to be prescribed, a derivative from morphine. It possesses a strong potential for addiction and abuse, as it produces a "high" similar to Heroin.
In the opioid class of narcotics, the Dilaudid is known as one of the more powerful synthetic drug and the regular use of Dilaudid can rapidly develop an addiction to Dilaudid. Due to an increasing tolerance towards the drug after prolonged exposure, it is necessary that users use more to get the same high. In the case of a tolerance issue, the patients will take the pills more regularly which can be checked by them finishing their prescription ahead of the recommended time.
Tolerance to this potent drug can occur in a matter of two or three weeks.
When they no longer feel the effect of the drug, those whose bodies have become accustomed to the drug may experience some problems with it. An individual who may be interested in stopping the use of Dilaudid to no avail, can be considered to have an addiction to it.
The following symptoms are included in the Dilaudid addiction
- Craving for the drug
- If taking the drug becomes expensive
- School activities and jobs are abandoned
- The need for a higher dose to get high on Dilaudid
- In favour of drug use, you neglect friends and family
- Stealing from medicine cabinets
- Forging Dilaudid prescriptions
- Buying Dilaudid online or off the street
At times, some abusers of Dilaudid have tried engaging in criminal activities to get the drug.
The Characteristics Of Dilaudid Hydromorphone
Dilaudid, a schedule II controlled drug is usually prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Receptors in the brain and central nervous system are attached to dull pain through this drug. Dilaudid also has an effect on the pleasure centre of the brain, which results in the feel good effect.
For new prescriptions, many people addicted to Dilaudid may "doctor shop" by visiting several doctors with complaints of chronic pain.
Dilaudid is prescribed by the doctors for pain related to cancer and serious injuries, such as burns. It takes 15 minutes for Dilaudid to take effect, and its pain-relieving effects may last up to six hours.
The doses for using Dilaudid are 2mg and 4mh according to physician's instruction. There are two different forms of this drug they may be seen as a triangle or circle. There is also an oral liquid preparation of Dilaudid. In the inpatient setting, the drug could also be administered intravenously.
Exalgo, Palladone, and Dilaudid-hp are other brand names for Hydromorphone. The various street names for it are Dillies, Big D, M-80s as well as Peaches.
The Effects And Abuse Of Dilaudid
Swallowing the drug in pills form doesn't have as strong effects as injecting, therefore it is often injected by those who abuse Dilaudid. Others users, have reported crushed Dilaudid pills and thereafter snorting them.
Just as is the case for other opiates, people get hooked to Dilaudid due to the immense euphoric feeling that is associated with it. At times those who have been prescribed the drug may not get pain relief from the dose prescribed, hence the need for a higher dose. The same applies to those who are abusing the drug, as they might seek for higher doses.
Dilaudid abuse is usually considered to be any use of it in a manner that's not prescribed by a physician. Taking Dilaudid in higher doses or without a prescription is included in it.
Abusers of Dilaudid could potentially end up having an overdose, which could be fatal at times. There may be a situation of malfunctioning of heart and respiratory organs if Dilaudid is abused.
Dilaudid overdose could be indicated by
- Weak pulse
- Respiratory problems
- Bluish-coloured lips
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Combinations Of Drugs
A more powerful effect is experienced when abusers of Dilaudid use it together with Benzodiazepines or alcoholic drinks. All these are depressors of the central nervous system. The drugs effect is amplified by mixing it and also dangerously slows breathing and heart rates. Fatal overdose may occur when mixing Dilaudid with these drugs.
Dilaudid addicts try to relive the euphoric and relaxed feelings that were experienced initially by the use of this drug, so they try to replicate this "rush" continuously. Dilaudid addicts are often lead to the harder abuse of drugs like Heroin that are often more accessible.
The Statistics Of Addiction
Many people relapse especially for those who try to quit Dilaudid on their own. The support as well as medical assistance of a professional treatment could simplify the quitting process. Counselling and medications for cravings and withdrawal are often included in the treatment for Dilaudid. There is help available across the country in one of the many Dilaudid treatment centres.