Also known as: Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP, Exalgo, Hydromorph Contin, Hydrostat IR, Palladone
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Review by Larry Woodcock (taken for less than 1 month):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I just started taking Dilaudid a short time ago. I have lived in misery for the last 12 years with lower and upper back pain. I have been on MS Contin. Vicodin, Lortab pill and liquid. I recently hurt my back at work to the point that, I could not even drive. My doctor put me on Dilaudid and I have to say that it works well. I feel for anyone who lives with chronic pain. At least I can move and work. Maybe not as fast as I once was but, I still get the job done. Please don't give up there are other alternatives that may work for you.
Review by Ankylosingpatient (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Pain: Very good med! Not an instant result but starts working effectively second day of continued therapy! Surprised at result as have been on Opana ER, Demerol & everything else. Very expensive though!
hydromorphone for Chronic Pain: Totally took away all my pain after surgery, and all my other pain such as back pain. Also have fibromyalgia. On a scale of 1 - 10 I was almost at a 10, after taking medication, my pain level went down to a 2!
Review by Christine D. (taken for less than 1 month):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I was in a motorcycle crash with a severely fractured wrist and was first given morphine, which sadly, had zero effect on the pain. The ER then gave me Dilaudid and it worked marvelously. I was in severe pain and it knocked it out well with no unpleasant side effects, as many report having with morphine. I was put on a pain pump timed for every 8 minutes and I was comfortable for the next 2 days before going home. I should mention, however, that my system processes pain medications VERY fast, so the same dose I take would likely be too strong for someone else.
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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: Car accident, 1997 ,diagnosed fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, herniated, bulging, protruding disks, anxiety/panic disorder, migraines, and last Friday I had a heart attack! I was given Dileudid through I.V.! Best medicine I have ever experienced!
20 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I had back surgery and I also have fibromyalgia. I have tried other pain killers and none of them really worked so for 6 years I lived in pain not having a very good outlook on life I ended up in the hospital. They put me on Dilaudid and my life has improved so much I cannot believe it.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: So I was prescribed this drug for six months due to low cartilage in my knees. Yes it works however coming off of any opiate is hard! I would not recommend prolong use of any opiate.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I have had severe headaches for more than 20 years. Tried just about everything Doctors could come up with both for prevention and immediate pain reduction. Nothing worked well untill I was prescribed Dilaudid. Got my life back. No more 3 month long headaches. No drowsiness or other noticeable side effects.
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Review by JennyFafa (taken for less than 1 month):
Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Pain: I just began taking this medication about a week ago. Last month I was switched from Percocet 10/325mg to Dilaudid 2mg as the Percocet seemed to not be working for me anymore. Either that or my pain had progressed and gotten worse. (I have a few herniated discs in the my lower back) I felt like the Dilaudid helped but was very short-lived. So, I asked my doctor about switching to something extended release. I never heard of this medication, but honestly in just a week and I am on the lowest dose of 8mg- I feel like a different person. I can function again more than I have been able to in almost 7 months of living with this chronic pain. I feel like I am alive again! Very happy with this! (except yes it is expensive!)
24 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I agree with most when you say Dilaudid works best in an IV at the hospital. The pill form works very well but just takes a bit longer for relief. I've been on many pain medicines over the years but I find that this medication helps me to be more productive everyday...pain free!
12 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have chronic back pain (9 years plus), and had surgery. Been on all pain medicines through all that time. From Vicodin all the way up to Dilaudid and Fentanyl. Even though nothing is going to take away all the pain, I found that Dilaudid 8mg works the best. Most of the time about 80%.
29 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have had chronic pain for many years due to my occupation. I'm only 37 and I have 50% torn shoulders, arthritis and 3 herniated discs. I take a 4mg every day at around 3 pm and up to 2 more in the evening depending on the severity of pain that day. I have been on it for roughly 3 years now. I take the same doses and haven't had to up anything. It replaced 4 meds I used to have to take.
I have no side effects at all. This medicine allows me to run a successful business and my household.
I'd be lost without it. Most pain killers make me sick to my stomach and cause severe headaches.
Not this one!
33 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: INTENSE<CHRONIC PAIN. No Comparison or Substitute. HEAVILY Prescribed Tons of Methadone and OXYCODONE for 4 Years. When forced at E.R. Dilaudid is only thing that works. I think it should be used more often. Morphine at ER Would take 4 shots and nausea and bad for MY ailments. 10/10 EVERY TIME! Thanks
23 users found this comment helpful.
Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: All I have to say is, give them a bit of time to work. Especially if you were on high doses of another opiate. Your body will not even feel them for the first 4 or 5 days. I was taking 3x40mgs of methadone along with 6x15mgs of oxycodone per day for 4 years until I had a heart attack. My dr. sent me for an EKG and my "QT" interval was in the 500s along with leg and body swelling, tightness in the chest along with severe constipation (most likely from methadone). Once they got me weaned down of the methadone they prescribed 2x16mg Exalgo per day keeping the oxycodone as breakthrough. I started taking them as directed with no relief and I felt nauseous with afternoon headaches. At the 4th day I started feeling more relief. Give me time.
28 users found this comment helpful.
Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: Worked great for my back pain but had a whole slew of bad side effects including Anxiety, panic attacks, mental/mood changes, suicidal thoughts. Never have been subject to depression or suicidal thoughts before. Had to be taken off the med immediately when we realized that it was what was causing me to have all these problems.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: I have severe chronic abdominal pain and the only medication that controls my pain is Dilaudid. I was first given Dilaudid IV in the hospital after I had a reaction to morphine and it was AMAZING. In less than a minute my pain was essentially gone. The IV Dilaudid is, in my opinion, the greatest medicine ever invented. I now take 4 mg tablets six times a day for my pain and it keeps my pain at about a 4, as opposed to being 9 or 10 without it. I have a really sensitive stomach but I don't get nauseated from it like I do with other pain meds.
58 users found this comment helpful.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I was given Dilaudid while being treated in the hospital for gastritis/esophogeal pain. The pain was very severe and my blood pressure rose to over 200/100. Within 30 seconds of the Dilaudid being inserted into my I.V., the pain in my sternum was gone and I was relaxed and sleepy. (After the first "Whoooosh" head rush). Although I could have it every 2 hours, after the first 2 doses, the pain relief lasted 4-6 hours. Most effective, and I reacted to it better than I had done in previous hospitalizations when receiving morphine.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I had an IV drip of Dilaudid for herniated discs in my neck. Then I took 2 x 4mg pills. It helped a little with the pain. I have Lyme and Fibromyalgia so my whole body is in pain usually an 8-10 or higher 24/7, 365 a year. I take Dilaudid often but it barely takes the edge off. It should be very helpful for a person not on pain killer long term and they need relief very fast for severe pain. Morphine drip and Dilaudid drip both felt about the same to me even though Dilaudid is supposed to be stronger.
Review by stint jack (taken for less than 1 month):
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: The only times I have had the medicine is when I have had arterial surgeries and Dilaudid was administered by IV. As previous posts have stated, it goes into effect 30 - 60 seconds after administration, but with a slight heating effect in the injected vein. Soon after the blissful pain relief has occurred. I was able to intently listen to a book or watch TV: sleep was also easy if I wanted. This was only a 1mg dose, but surprisingly effective. It killed the pain while allowing one to be mentally alert (if desired), unlike morphine. I highly recommend this medicine for hospital pain relief, but for longer term pain relief, up to 6 hours, it was supplemented with 5 mg of Vicodin.
Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: I have degenerative disc disease. Medication works well. I have been on it for a year now with my oxycodone. It works miracles, I can go to work everyday and support my family ans when I come home I can actually enjoy the daily activities with my children, I once could not have thought of doing. I am so glad my life is back and am so grateful for a great doctor who after years found a way to put me back on my feet.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Palladone (hydromorphone) for Pain: Palladone is a very effective medicine for pain control. My wife has MS and severe back pain from early arthritis, and one pill a day controls it just fine. Without it she is in constant pain and can barely function. With it she can perform many necessary tasks such as bathing, etc.
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