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Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)

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

What is it prescribed for?

Patients are most commonly prescribed hydromorphone to treat kidney stone, acute pancreatitis, sickle cell crisis, and chronic pancreatitis.

What drug interactions are known?

Do not take hydromorphone if you are taking any of the following:

Critical Interactions

Significant Interactions

What side effects are related?

Patients taking hydromorphone most commonly experience side effects like constipation, nausea, and headache.

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