Dilaudid is a prescription painkiller that is derived 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. It requires larger and more frequent doses to get the desired effects after the build of a tolerance for people regularly taking Dilaudid drug. Users don't care for the prescription once a tolerance takes place, and they start taking pills more frequently moving ahead of the schedule.
A tolerance to Dilaudid is developed in the users within two or three weeks.
Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced by those who are facing a Dilaudid tolerance, once they quit taking this drug. Someone who is unable to quit taking Dilaudid even with a strong desire may have an addiction.
The following symptoms are included in the Dilaudid addiction
- Craving the next dose
- Spending excessive amounts to get the drug
- Failing to keep up with the duties such as school and work
- The desire for higher doses to attain the much needed effects
- Neglecting your social life, in favour of drug use
- Stealing this drug from medicine cabinets
- Having to forge a prescription to get the drug
- Online stores or local pharmacy store the drug is bought
At times, some abusers of Dilaudid have tried engaging in criminal activities to get the drug.
The Characteristics Of Dilaudid Hydromorphone
This drug is considered to be a schedule II controlled drug to be prescribed in cases of 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.
Doctor Shopping for new prescriptions may also become the habit of most of Dilaudid addicts, while they start visiting several physicians with complaints of chronic pain.
For pain related to cancer and serious injuries, such as burns, the doctors prescribe Dilaudid. Within 15 minutes Dilaudid takes effect, and its pain-relieving effect last up to six hours.
Dilaudid tablets are typically prescribed by doctors in a small dose, 2mg or 4mg. 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. Injecting the drug into a patient is a way physicians use the drug on patients in their centres.
Exalgo, Palladone, and Dilaudid-hp are the alternative brand names for Hydromorphone. Big D, Peaches, Dillies, and M-80s are some of the local tags.
The Effects And Abuse Of Dilaudid
Experienced addicts usually prefer to inject the drug since this route results in stronger effects compared to just swallowing the drug. Pills are also crushed and snorted by a few users.
Because they crave the happiness they get from the drug, addicts use the drug without inhibitions. People may become a potential addict when they use more than the recommended dosage because they don't feel the effect of the drug as they had hoped. It is rather obvious that those abusing the drug could take an overdose.
Using this drug without proper recommendation from a physician constitutes drug abuse. This includes taking Dilaudid without a prescription or in higher doses.
Higher risk of overdose is what Dilaudid users are prone to which can be fatal. There may be a situation of malfunctioning of heart and respiratory organs if Dilaudid is abused.
Dilaudid overdose could be indicated by
- Pinpoint pupils
- Weak pulse
- Respiratory problems
- Lips turning to blue
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Some Of The Common Drug Combinations
The recreational Dilaudid users may mix it with alcohol and /or Benzodiazepines to get a better high. These drugs are nervous system depressants. The mixture of these drugs amplifies the effects but also severely slows breathing and heart rates. Fatal overdose may occur when mixing Dilaudid with these drugs.
Dilaudid addicts may wish to relive the intense feeling of euphoria and relaxation, and they will continue replicating the 'rush.' Drugs like Heroin which are often more accessible can be abuse due to an addiction the Dilaudid.
Most of the individuals who quit the use by themselves often relapse. It can be easier to quit with the support and medical assistance of a professional treatment setting. The management of an addiction to Dilaudid entails counselling and the use of medications to deal with cravings as well as withdrawal. Find help today from one of the treatment centres available all over the country.