The number after the med is the milligram amount. So, the dilaudid 4 is twice as strong as the 2. If you are having severe pain, such as a kidney stone, the 2 won't touch it. On an empty stomache you might get a little relief starting after 30 minutes. On a full stomache, it's going to be a while.
If you are new to opiates, they are pretty effective. The longer you take them, the more you will think you need to get the same relief. Try to avoid increasing the dose every couple of months. It will be counterproductive in the long run.
- Dilaudid Information for Consumers
- Dilaudid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Dilaudid (detailed)
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