Dependency To Dilaudid
Dilaudid is commonly prescribed as a morphine-derivative painkiller. This is an addictive drug that shares similar effects on the user as Heroin.
The constant use of this drug can lead to overdependence on it, and is ranks among the most addictive drugs in the world. Those who are frequently taking Dilaudid can develop tolerance to it, with a requirement of larger and more regular doses to reach their desired level of effect. After one becomes tolerant to Dilaudid, they will often take their pills more frequently leading to a depletion of their prescribed pills before the required time.
It takes just 21 days or less for the body to reduce the effect on the user.
Withdrawal symptoms may be experienced by those who are facing a Dilaudid tolerance, once they quit taking this drug. An individual who may be interested in stopping the use of Dilaudid to no avail, can be considered to have an addiction to it.
The other signs indicating an addiction to Dilaudid are
- Starting to get obsessed with the next dose
- Spending extravagant amounts of money on the drug
- School activities and jobs are abandoned
- To feel the high you need larger doses of Dilaudid
- Neglecting family and friends in order to use the drug
- Stealing this drug from medicine cabinets
- Having to forge a prescription to get the drug
- Getting Dilaudid either online or off the streets
While trying to get the drug at all costs, some resorted to crime.
Understanding Dilaudid Hydromorphone
For prescribed moderate to severe pain, Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) is a schedule II controlled substance. To dull the pain, the drug attached to receptors in the brain and central nervous system. Dilaudid also has an effect on the pleasure centre of the brain, which results in the feel good effect.
A number of addicts may opt for doctor shopping to get new prescriptions and they normally state chronic pain is their main concern.
Physicians usually prescribe this drug for pain due to cancer or in cases of severe injuries, for instance burns. Within 15 minutes Dilaudid takes effect, and its pain-relieving effect last up to six hours.
Typically, the small doses of Dilaudid tablets such as 2mg or 4mg are prescribed by the doctors. Some pills are triangular and some are round in shape. The liquid form can also be obtained. In the inpatient setting, the drug could also be administered intravenously.
Palladone, exalgo, and Dilaudid-hp are some ways of referring to Hydromorphone. Dillies, Big D, M-80s and Peaches are the street names for this drug.
Effects And Abuse Of Dilaudid
Most of the abusers usually inject themselves with this drug due to the faster onset of action compared to when it is swallowed. Some addicts also grind the drug and inhale it.
As is the case for other opiate painkillers, addicts usually prefer this drug to attain the immense sense of euphoria and relaxation. An individual who is on a prescription may not have enough pain relief and thus they would consume a higher dose, which could be fatal overdose However, overdose may also affect those abusing the drug.
Dilaudid abuse refers to the use of this drug in a manner that is not prescribed by doctors. Using the drug without recommendation by a medical practitioner or using more than the prescribed dose are part of the problem.
Those who abuse Dilaudid are always at a high risk of overdose, which can be dangerous. Dilaudid higher doses can slow breathing and blood pressure, sometimes to the point of failure.
Some symptoms of a Dilaudid overdose include
- Slow Pulse
- Shallow breathing
- Bluish-coloured lips
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The Common Drug Combinations
The recreational Dilaudid users may mix it with alcohol and /or Benzodiazepines to get a better high. This combination acts to depress the central nervous system. A mixture of these drugs amplifies the overall effect which could fatally affect the breathing as well as the heart rate. A deadly result may occur when these drugs are combined with Dilaudid.
User can make several attempts to reproduce the same feeling they experienced as a first time user as an evidence of their dependence on the drug. This could predispose them to the use of hard drugs for instance Heroin, which is relatively more accessible.
The Statistics Of Addiction
Most of the individuals who quit the use by themselves often relapse. The difficulty of giving the drug up is removed if you allow help from physician or any group that is ready to provide help. 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.