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Hydromorphone Addiction Treatment

When we start taking a prescription from a doctor to relieve some sort of pain or ailment, most of us do not have the intention of going any further than to obtain relief for our pain. It’s the same thing when we purchase over the counter medication. In fact, many of us do not even refer to the medication we are currently taking as a drug, but that is what classifies a Hydromorphone.

Hydromorphone is also known as:

  • Hydal
  • Sophidone
  • Hydrostat
  • Dilaudid
  • Palladone SR
  • Hydromorph Contin

Hydromorphone is specifically used for pain relief and as a cough suppressant. This drug has the largest effect on the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Hydromorphones share great similarities with Dilaudids in that they produce similar effects and results in addiction to the two medications. This particular drug is actually rising in popularity in other countries around the world as an alternative to pain care. Hydromorphone appears in many forms including tablets, capsules, suppositories, powder for injections, oral liquids and injections. Because of the wide variations of the drug, people are able to take it more conveniently and the onset of addiction becomes more prevalent.

Side Effects

There are many side effects associated with an addiction to Hydromorphone; therefore it is important to seek treatment immediately. These side effects can range from mild and moderate to the most extreme. In the beginning, one may notice sedation, nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness and sweating. However, with continued abuse, addiction can bring on more severe symptoms including circulatory depression, respiratory arrest, shock and cardiac arrest.


Withdrawal symptoms from trying to quit cold turkey can be very intense. Depending on the level of addiction to Hydromorphone, patients can expect to experience symptoms such as sweating, malaise, anxiety, depression, cramp-like pains in the muscles, severe muscle and bone aching, severe and long lasting sleep difficulties (insomnia), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, goose bump skin, cramps and fever. More severe withdrawal symptoms include what is known as “itchy blood.” This is a symptom where patients have continually scratched the skin that it has become torn and calloused. It is extremely important to seek and receive proper treatment, rather than try to “self-medicate.”

The first step to recovery from Hydromorphone addiction is seeking professional help. Physical addiction treatment will take place, followed by some form of counseling. Support groups are also a good way to follow post-rehab treatment. Joining a support group is imperative as it allows the person suffering with the addiction to be able to relate to others who have suffered with similar addictions.

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