Also known as Palladone-Sr, Dilaudid, Palladone, Dilaudid Cough, Hydrostat, and Exalgo
Hydromorphone, a more common synonym for dihydromorphinone, commonly a hydrochloride (brand names Palladone, Dilaudid, and numerous others) is a very potent centrally acting analgesic drug of the opioid class. It is a derivative of morphine, to be specific, a hydrogenated ketone thereof, and it can be said that hydromorphone is to morphine as hydrocodone is to codeine and, therefore, a semi-synthetic drug. It is, in medical terms, an opioid analgesic and, in legal terms, a narcotic. Hydromorphone is commonly used in the hospital setting, mostly intravenously (IV) because its bioavailability orally, rectally, and intranasally is very low. Sublingual administration is usually superior to swallowing for bioavailabilty and effects.Source: Wikipedia
Estimated Total Cost: $50.35 for an average of 21 days supply
Patients are most commonly prescribed hydromorphone to treat kidney stone, acute pancreatitis, sickle cell crisis, and chronic pancreatitis.