The Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

A Dangerous and Deadly Issue

Better known as its most popular brand-name, Dilaudid, hydromorphone is a prescription opioid used to treat severe chronic pain. It is extremely addictive and one of the medications responsible for the increase in opioid-related fatalities that have consumed thousands of American families. Millions of prescriptions for hydromorphone are administered in the United States every year. Many of these prescriptions are either misused, stolen or diverted, leading to increased rates of abuse and subsequent addiction. While hydromorphone is becoming less common in pain management, it still remains an urgent and deadly addiction threat in many areas of the country. RU Encore is ready to help you or your loved one overcome hydromorphone abuse, as well as that of other prescription opioids.

Signs and Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

Identification and Recognition

Hydromorphone abuse will present itself through a variety of signs and symptoms. Each user’s symptoms will vary according to their tolerance level, and their frequency and duration of use. It’s important that these symptoms are managed and treated by an experienced and qualified addiction-treatment professional. Some of the more common signs of hydromorphone abuse include:

Signs and Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse
  • Mood Swings
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Skin Itching and Irritation
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Impaired Coordination
Identification and Recognition of Hydromorphone Abuse
  • Trouble Staying Awake
  • Extreme Changes in Behavior
  • Tolerance
  • Doctor Shopping
  • Dishonesty about Use
  • Social Isolation

If you notice these or any other symptoms in yourselves or a loved one, seek professional treatment immediately to prevent any further damage.