how does dilaudid compare to percocet or lortab,? how well does it control pain?
12 Mar 2006
all prescription pain killers can be compared in effectiveness. because all drugs have slightly different affinity for the site at which they work in the body, they can be dosed at different milligrams. it is common for pain management doctors to switch between drugs and an equivalent amount of analgesia can be predicted. for instance 2mg of hydromorphone (dilaudid) is about equivalent to 10mg of oxycodone (percocet). pain management is a delicate process that is tailored to each patient by their physician.
20 Jun 2009
I get horrible migraines and when i can't take it anymore i end up in the hospital and when they injected dilaudid iv i started to feel relief within 20 minutes. The triptans just don't work for me unfortunately and thats all the dr's want to give me. Very frustrating-especially if u find something that helps relieve the pain.
25 Jan 2011
I can only tell you from the prospective of me using the medication, Dilaudid works on a diffeent part of the brain than what Percocet is I found Dilaudid to be stronger but what works with one pain patient does not do the job for another it does really take a lot of work to find the medication that woroks best for each individual patient, at some point in time a drug such as Dilaudid that has worked well then bang it happened to me I got to where even increasing the dose no go, it is an art and it's so different from one person to the other I can stress that enough, a lot of time and effort goes into controlling pain best wishes
31 Jan 2011
I have tried percocet, and I found Dilaudid to be stronger. I don't know how percocet compares to morphine, but just before a recent surgery, the anesthetist, told me that mg - mg, Dilaudid is 8 times stronger than morphine is. I have been told this by other Dr.'s as well as my own.
It's the only thing that helps me control my chronic pain problems. Once I found the correct dose I needed for pain control, I have never had to increase it, in fact, sometimes I am able to take much less than prescribed.. That's just me though, and I'm not saying it works like that for everybody. I wish you the best of luck finding a med to control your pain. I hope my answer has helped you.
13 Jul 2011
Dilaudid is stronger. I have been on both also. I am now on Perc 30's. & they work better than the 5 mg percs. I have spinal stenosis from 2 bad epidurals with one child & have extreme back pain. My husband was on Perc 30's also for back pain & a doc today gave him lortab, what a joke.
23 Nov 2011
I have been seeing a pain managment doc for several months now for severe kneck and shoulder pain.He has done injections in my kneck(no help)he has givin me a few different pain meds(percocet,darvacet and dilaudid) the cets did nothing for the pain.All they did was knock me out,make me itch and scratch to death.He finally put me on the dilaudid 2mg and I can function like if I were taking a tylenol and it takes my pain away.So the pain meds just depend on where ur pain is and what ur tolerance is... Everybody is different...
25 Nov 2011
I recently went to the ER for severe shoulder pain which was diagnosed as Tendonitis/Bursitis. I was given an injection of Dilaudid (mg unknown), this worked almost immediately, however, on the way home I began itching terribly. At the pharmacy while filling my Rx for Percocet (which I've taken in the past and feel that it's definitely the weaker of the two) the pharmacist informed me that indeed I had an allergic reaction to the Dilaudid. Nothing I treated this condition at home with helped, from Aleve to ice to BioFreeze. Needless to say, I took an antihistamine for the itching, and the Dilaudid kept me pain free for hours, however, I can't take it anymore due to the reaction it caused. If you can tolerate Dilaudid, go for it! I wish you all pain free days! Debbie in NJ
- Dilaudid Information for Consumers
- Dilaudid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Dilaudid (detailed)
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