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Dilaudid Review Summary

8.8/10 Average Rating

261 Ratings with 179 User Reviews

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"This medicine has worked wonders on my chronic back pain. I have tried everything from Tramadol to Opana ER and for the price Roxicodone 30mg tops them all if taken as prescribed, and at the same time each day. The only downfall is that you must take the pills more frequently than say MS Contin or Oxycontin where you only need them every 12 hours. However that was my main problem with the Opana, Oxycontin, Etc., they didn't seem to last the full 12 hours as advertised. I was lucky if I got a good 8 hours from them."

   
9.0

Anonymous October 4, 2009

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"I've got complex regional pain syndrome and it helps with the numbness in my leg but does not take away all of the burning sensation. After the Percocets quit working the doctor put me on Dilaudid #4's and the pain has been reduced some but I feel that I could use something even stronger. 1 every 6 hours helps but is still not enough."

   
6.0

soopa September 30, 2009

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"Works well for moderate pain, works in 30 minutes or so."

   
9.0

righty September 21, 2009

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"I was in the ER the other day for a slipped disc, and pinched sciatic nerve. I was given 1mg of this through an IV. I have never take a pain medicine so effective! But I was in so much pain that I needed 1mg every hour for 3 hours. But the only side effect was that my face and body was itchy after the third mg."

   
10

Anonymous September 13, 2009

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"I got this medication after a hysterectomy. It worked very well on my pain. I would recommend this if you are in severe pain. It works."

   
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serialmom September 10, 2009

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"Dilauded is the only pain medication that offers me any type of relief. I herniated 3 discs in my lower back and I was on an IV of 2mg every 4 hours. Only con was it made my face very itchy. The second time I had an IV of Dilaudid was post spinal tap. I was given 1mg injection every 2 hours (lower dosage, more frequently made pain more manageable). I now have a prescription for 4mg every 3-4 hours for chronic back pain. I believe it has dramatically improved my quality of life."

   
8.0

Anonymous September 4, 2009

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"Take Dilaudid only when it's absolutely needed and necessary. It is not a drug meant for giving comfort, rather for pain level 7 or more on a scale of 1 to 10. For pain level of 5 or less, morphine, Percocet, or even Tylenol 3 will suffice."

   
8.0

Anonymous August 28, 2009

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"I have had 12 hospital stays in the last 2.5 years each for at least 1 week due to Pancreatitis. During this time, I have had 4 surgeries (galbladder, 30% of Pancreas, Spleen, Gastric Obstruction) on top of these "visits". This is the only drug that actually works on the pain for me. It doesn't give you a light show like Demerol, it just kills the pain period. Only con I see is that tolerance builds quickly. I usually need 2 mg every 3 hours to stay up on the pain, but I have been up as high as 4mg over 3 hours for a few days."

   
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Anonymous August 20, 2009

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"My father-in-law was given this medicine after surgery. He began hallucinating and was suspicious of everyone in the hospital room. It took three days for this to be completely out of his system."

   
1.0

Anonymous August 15, 2009

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"I have asthma and am in and out of the hospital often with bronchitis and pleurisy. Which if you don't know, pleurisy can be extremely painful. My Doctor orders 4 mg Dilaudid with 75 mg Phenergan IV every 4 hours as needed and it works almost immediately. It's about the only thing that gives me relief when the pleurisy gets to the point of hospitalization."

   
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thenursemiranda August 11, 2009

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"I went to the ER after a diverticulitis flare-up with severe abdomonal pain. Was given Dilaudid and Phenergen through an IV and the pain went away almost instantly!! The combination of the two worked wonders but only lasted for a couple of hours."

   
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Anonymous August 6, 2009

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"I have high pressure in my head from a brain injury last year. Morphine won't touch what Dilaudid can. It has worked great for my headaches which they say is the worst head pain ever experienced. So anyway a lot of narcotics will give me rebound pain but this one does not. Only side effects if not given with Zofran, it makes me vomit."

   
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T Thomas 1983 July 31, 2009

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"I was trying to find other pain relievers other than hydrocodone. I tried this for my lower back pain. It was like I hadn't taken anything."

   
1.0

Anonymous July 28, 2009

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"I developed horrendous headaches after a traumatic brain injury a year ago. After trying far too many non-narcotic alternatives and Percocets, interspersed with several trips a month to the ER for a shot of morphine, my doctors and I have come up with Dilaudid to deal with the bad headaches. I take a single 11mg dose of Dilaudid with two Dramamine and an Ativan, followed by a second Ativan 2 hours later. I go from agony to "let's go to Ikea" in about an hour. I do take a daily neurostimulant (300mg modafinal) for chronic fatigue that may offset the drowsiness you might expect from that combo, but it has been a huge gain for my quality of life. The trick seems to be to get enough Dilaudid at once to stop the pain."

   
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Brain Damaged July 26, 2009

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"First experienced the benefits of this drug after my 10th spinal surgery. Relieved pain pretty quickly, but short lasting. It was given as break through in the hospital, via IV at first. Then the doctor scripted it to me as break through along with Percocet when I went home. I eventually had too many side effects from the Percocet. I just stuck with the Dilaudid taking it about every 5-6 hours. Now I'm dealing with being "itchy" and think it may the Dilaudid. I had bad side effects from Vicodin after one of last year's surgeries. Now it seems I'm starting to have side effects from things I never used to be bothered by before."

   
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Anonymous July 16, 2009

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"My husband had surgery to remove his prostate gland, bladder, and 12 inches of colon six months ago. He was hospitalized for nine days. His lower-back pain was excruciating, and morphine (controlling it himself) and various types of mattresses did nothing to make him comfortable. He was getting no sleep at all until the surgeon offered Dilaudid. It lasted for about 5 hours or so, and he could have it every 6 hours. It brought quick relief to the back pain and relaxed him enough to get decent amount of sleep after several days of terrible discomfort. No side effects for him either."

   
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brainhospice July 11, 2009

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"It is the most effective pain reliever there is."

   
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sarcoid June 20, 2009

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"My first kidney stone. Very painful. Went to ER since I didn't know what was happening. Cat scan = kidney stone ~2mm. I wasn't going to die and it would pass. They 1st gave me IV morphine. That took the pain down about 20% to a manageable but still very painful level for about 10 minutes then it jumped back up as if I'd had nothing. They then gave me Dilaudid saying it worked on different receptors. In 2 minutes the pain dropped about 75% and stayed down for about 4 hours until it wore off. Dilaudid seems to work differently than morphine. A great and powerful medication."

   
8.0

Anonymous June 20, 2009

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"I have a genetic condition that causes the rapid formation of kidney stones. I am 25, and three weeks ago I felt what would be my 8th stone starting to move. A CAT scan had already determined that all of my stones were 5mm or smaller, meaning that they would pass on their own and not warrant surgery. Well, this stone was very bad, and I ended up at the ER. After over four hours, I finally received 4mg of morphine through IV, which did absolutely nothing for me. The doctor was very surprised, and came back later with 3mg of Dilaudid through IV. It certainly helped, but it did not eliminate the pain. It took the pain from a 10 out of 10 to probably a 6 out of 10. It did allow me to relax and drink water to pass it."

   
6.0

Anonymous June 17, 2009

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"I have a C-5/6/7 fusion with a titianium cage. Confirmed nerve damage at C-7 via nerve conduction study. Like most of you I've been on many types of pain medications. It is different for each and so is the tolerence. I am finally stable taking hydromorphone 8mg. and OxyContin 30 mg. I take them "backwards" meaning the hydromorphoe is for "base" pain and the OxyContin is taken at night so I can make it through the entire sleep cycle without waking up due to pain. I do not have breakthrough pain on this regiment and it is less expensive. Also please have your testosterone levels checked since these medications can lower it. I take Testim; a gel, that brings my levels back to normal. Testosterone affects your heart, mood and other functions."

   
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kumu nuku June 7, 2009

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"Dilaudid worked wonders for my kidney stones. I had a 8.5mm stone in my right kidney. They gave 2mg of Dilaudid through i.v. in ER and I didn't fill much pain after that."

   
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Anonymous June 6, 2009

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"This medication helps me a lot, for pain due to major surgery."

   
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Serra May 23, 2009

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"I've been on pain medicines since I was 8, for degenerative disc disease. Starting when I was 24 and after surgery for herniated discs (L3-L4, L4-L5) I went through quite a few medicine trials before I found Ultram. This one worked great until my L5-S1 herniated and the last epidural I received triggered severe sciatic pain. After a visit to the ED, I was given Dilaudid 2mg intramuscularly and sent home with a script for the oral 2mg 1-2 tablets as needed. Between Ultram, Gabapentin and Dilaudid (alternating Ultram during the day and Dilaudid at night), I can still keep working for a little while longer until the next spinal surgery. Ultram does not replace Dilaudid, but I found it keeps me alert and pain level within my pain tolerance range."

   
7.0

Anonymous April 4, 2009

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"I was given dilaudid by iv while I was pregnant, for gallstone pain. I was so depressed because I stayed sick and in pain and I couldn't experience the joys of being pregnant. But dilaudid allowed me to be a little bit more comfortable."

   
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Neka08 March 8, 2009

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"For those in Canada suffering from chronic pain, the long-acting version, Hydromorph Contin, is wonderful when combined with the Dilaudid for breakthrough pain. I take 9mg (6mg 3mg pills) twice a day, plus the 4mg of dilaudid for the breakthrough pain. Only bad thing I can say about it is that my tolerance level for this, and other medications, is very high. And I'm only 27 years old."

   
9.0

Anonymous March 2, 2009

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