Dilaudid Addiction

Q) What is Dilaudid?

A) Dilaudid is an analgesic narcotic with an addiction liability similar to that of morphine. It is apparent within 15 minutes and remains in effect for more than 5 hours. Dilaudid is approximately 8 times more potent on a milligram basis than morphine. Often called “drug store heroin” on the streets.

Q) How is Dilaudid used?

A) Dilaudid is used in: ampuls (sterile solution) , intravenously, oral liquid, tablets, and suppositories.

Q) What are the side effects of Dilaudid?

A) It inhibits ascending pain pathways in Central Nervous System. Dilaudid alco increases the pain threshold and alters pain perception.

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • somnolence
  • anorexia
  • constipation
  • pain at the injection site
  • local tissue irritation
  • Hallucinations
  • itching or skin rash
  • increased sweating,
  • agitation

Q) What are the symptoms of overdose?


  • respiratory depression
  • stupor
  • coma
  • skeletal muscle flaccidity
  • cold and clammy skin
  • hypertension
  • circulatory collapse
  • cardiac arrest

Q) What is Dilaudid addiction?

A) Prescription pill addiction is common place in today’s society and can happen to anyone. The addict will start out with a legitimate ailment and become dependent on the drug prescribed. When addicted users are unable to get legitimate prescriptions they resort to what is called doctor shopping. The addict will see many doctors and pretend to be sick to obtain their drug of choice. Sometimes addicts get addicted by someone turning them onto a prescription drug and they end up liking it. Some pills are psychologically dependent and some physically. Drug enforcement officers seize street pills like valium, zanex, percocet, darvocet, which are popular depressants. Stimulants like fastin, ritalin, dexedrine are also obtained for illicit use. The elderly are targets for prescription theft. Health care workers or family members might obtain pills by this method. Prescription pill sales on the street are more expensive than other illicit drugs. Pills depending on their type can sell for $2 to $10 a piece. Pills like Dilaudid are very expensive selling for $50 to $60 dollars a piece on the street.

Addiction is a major risk with prolonged use (over 2-3 weeks) of narcotics. Even moderate doses of some narcotics can result in a fatal overdose. When increasing doses of narcotics, the person may first feel restless and nauseous and then progress to loss of consciousness and abnormal breathing. Other risks include withdrawal symptoms that may last for months.

Almost all addicts tell themselves in the beginning that they can conquer their addiction on their own without the help of outside resources. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. When an addict makes an attempt at detoxification and to discontinue drug use without the aid of professional help, statistically the results do not last long. Research into the effects of long-term addiction has shown that substantial changes in the way the brain functions are present long after the addict has stopped using drugs. Realizing that a drug addict who wishes to recover from their addiction needs more than just strong will power is the key to a successful recovery. Battling not only cravings for their drug of choice, re-stimulation of their past and changes in the way their brain functions, it is no wonder that quitting drugs without professional help is an uphill battle.

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