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User Reviews for Hydromorphone

Also known as: Dilaudid, Dilaudid-HP, Exalgo, Hydromorph Contin, Hydrostat IR, Palladone

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For Pain: "I went to the emergency room in the worst pain of my life. The nurses kept telling me to stop moaning so loud because I was scaring the children in the ER. I couldn’t help it much as I was delirious. After confirming kidney stones via CT scan, the doctor gave me a IV shot of morphine. Several minutes later he asked if my pain was better. I noticed no difference I said. Then a shot of Dilaudid and the pain was tolerable with a few minutes. I could then hear the emergency room staff begin to clap because I finally stopped moaning after nearly 2 hours. Hurray for Dilaudid."

   
10

RipleyUSA (taken for less than 1 month) October 4, 2017

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Dilaudid-HP (hydromorphone) for Anesthetic Adjunct: "The only medication that works towards a quality of life that is good with no side effects! I have had chronic pain for multiple reasons including cancer. Thank you to my Doctor for understanding and finding the pain relief that is right for me!"

   
10

Boomer Bailey (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 24, 2017

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Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "I was on 30mgs Opana ER dailu and it was discontinued. My doc moved me to 8mg Exalgo/day. It's not working well, doesn't last 24 hours and every 2-4 hours I start getting chills and runny nose. I think I just might be on too low of a dose. Too bad I can't get in to my doc sooner."

   
4.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) September 1, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "First pill that works for my pain. Cancer patient and before this, just about nothing touched the pain."

Bob22 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 30, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Worked very well for me and also removed agitation. I have to believe this drug is very addictive. Had two doses at the hospital."

   
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Sarashm August 24, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Was given 1 unit every 6 hours in ICU after a fempop bypass. Effect was literally in seconds after injection. Pain was gone. But my heart rate and BP dropped to the point I had to undergo cardiac monitoring. They thought it had triggered s heart attack."

   
9.0

Khramos (taken for less than 1 month) August 5, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Last week I had an old fashioned way of Gallblabber removal (20+ previous surgeries had left behind to many adhesions for a Laproscopic removal). The .5 mg Dilaudid I was given was much better than the Morphine in past surgeries. Issue: because I am a middle class lady with insurance seeing a pain management specialist for chronic pain - I was labeled a druggie!! I was given .5 to 1 mg for my ride home. I suffered horribly in pain. .5 is 1/8 the normal dose for most coming out of surgery. My previous physician (decades) had retired. He believed NO patient should suffer unnecessarily after surgery! Not these physicians and not this poor excuse for a hospital."

   
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OSUmedCenterTulsa (taken for less than 1 month) July 19, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Dilaudid is an amazing pain reliever, but I do not recommend it if you have no self control. It is very easy to get addicted to. I have had dilaudid several times after operations. I also suffer horrible migraines and sometimes dilaudid is the only thing that will knock them out. There are also times that dilaudid makes it worse such as rebound migraines. It doesn't always help. The bad thing about dilaudid is that it does cause me to have bad acid reflux and also makes me extremely nauseous. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are in a tremendous amount of pain. It is very strong. Whenever they give it to you in an IV your whole body tingles and heats up. Its a very strange feeling. Like I said stay away from it unless you're in terrible pain"

   
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CDG4 July 9, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Post surgical pain. Have had chronic pain but have just had knee revision. It did not do much for the pain. Dose was 2 mg."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 7, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Had 2000 pound cart run over my right foot !!! Hospital gave me a shot of Dilaudid and it really helped with the pain."

Kipper1204 May 31, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "I have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia which has spread to my brain. This medication helps so much with the agonizing pain. However, even though I am a terminal cancer patient. The Government, Insurance Co. and also pain management promised I would NOT suffer. But I am. Thanks to all, plus the persons involved by ABUSING pain medications. I, a dying cancer patient will suffer without ANY pain meds. I was a former medical student high honors on the Deans list. Due to the Government, I, a future Physician will not live to treat patients with respect, dignity, empathy or sympathy. This medication, I will never have again. Due to the Horrible pain 24/7, I have had 3 heart attacks. My feeble weak body can no longer tolerate pain. It worked well."

   
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Virg78 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 24, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "I have had this twice, both times it made me mildly nauseous and did nothing for the pain. The first time was when I made a trip to the emergency room for a migraine. It was a terrible migraine. After about 15 minutes of me screaming and wailing in the emergency room it started to wane. It was very mild by the time the doctor came in to talk to me. But he still gave me an injection of dilaudid. And even for the mild headache it didn't help at all. Second time was after hysterectomy. I had excruciating pain from trapped gas under my ribs near my liver. Nurses kept telling me to press my pain med dispensing button, and I was already. But it wasn't even taking the edge off."

   
1.0

terriergal May 23, 2017

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Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "I was on Exalgo for several years. It gave better pain relief than Morphine but still constipating . During that time I kept having episodes of waking in the middle of the night with a fast heart rate and cold sweats which no one could explain . Then I developed severe abdominal pain and stopped eating with a thirty pound weight loss . While doing a bowel prep. for a colonoscopy I passed five Exalgo " Ghost" tablets in my BMs . ( Ghost tablets are the left over shell of controlled release pills ) . I realized that they were accumulating in my bowels because of my severe constipation. When I changed pain meds the Night Sweats and Tachycardia stopped ."

   
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Hepzibah1 (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 19, 2017

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Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "Ineffective. Hydrocodone works better for me."

   
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Mojo72 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 14, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "I was experiencing pain in my hips like never before Because I had no insurance finding any relief meant a trip to ER. Finally I was approved for medicatation. After waiting longer than I should of for care, I saw a doctor that said I have aseptic necrosis. What is this? It is interruption of blood supply. Without blood, the bone tissue dies and the bone collapses. Treatment is total hip replacement. I have had my right done. It was collapsed. Very painful! Now waiting on my left. That is not the end. My shoulders need replacement. I was prescribed 60 mg Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartate) . It was not for me. My doctor finally decided on dilaudid 4 mg. Thank god! Thinking he needs to up my dose. Much better now!"

   
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littletoughgal (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 23, 2017

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For Pain: "was in the hospital ER forever ago.. extreme pain.. dr walked in looked at me.. gave the order.. and I had dilaudid injected into my thigh.. omg.. I could feel pressure but no pain.. none.. was so happy.. now.. I take dilaudid in pill form for chronic pain.. not nearly as effective.. but still good :D"

   
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kemz (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 23, 2017

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Exalgo (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "Take 12mg Exalgo after being on Methodone, Tramadol, and Fentanyl. It is a miracle drug! The pain is so reduced I hardly ever need my breakthrough painkillers. Side effects have been negligible for me. I will never come off of this medication willingly, because I don't believe a better treatment for currently exists."

   
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Tomlin_rex April 15, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "I have metastatic breast cancer. I found IV dilauded, self-administered thru my port to be the most effective pain management strategies I have had thus far. My doc and palliative care nurse are encouraging me to shift to using a pain pump for more continuous pain control and decrease side effects from varying levels of dilauded. I can see how dependency could be an issue. I'm not personally concerned because I have a terminal condition, however, especially because it does give me a feeling of well being and pain reduction is immediate that could be a problem for those with chronic pain."

   
8.0

Nece April 10, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Dilaudid caused my back muscle to cramp up along my ribs and in front of my chest...worst pain! ER gave me ativan and my back loosened. It was given to me for acute pain lower left abdomen."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "I had broken my heel in 3 places and fractured my ankle. I was given morphine for the intense pain but morphine didn't last long. I finally received dilaudid through an IV which made all the difference in the world! Dilaudid for me took away the horrible pain and made me sleep a lot. Spent 5 days in the hospital and don't remember much."

   
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Terry95 April 7, 2017

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For Pain: "Hydromorphone is the strongest pain killer, and it works wonders, BUT, there is one problem. When taking orally, only anywhere from 15% to 35% of the drug is absorbed depending on the person --that's why some people give it bad reviews saying it doesn't work, as they likely only absorbed 15% -- others may absorb 35%, or more than twice the strength, which is a massive difference, it all depends on how your body breaks it downs. This drug is for serious pain. IV makes it absorb majority of the drug, making it CRAZY strong, the strongest IV pain med there is."

   
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Colorado90 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 4, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "I suffer from chronic intractable migraines and fibromyalgia, and have a recent history of strokes. I'm a long term pain management patient and my normal pain meds are OxyContin 15mg twice a day, with Oxy IR 15mg every four hours. Three weeks ago, I tripped in a parking lot and fractured my shoulder. Because of my normal meds, my orthopedist put me on 4mg Dilaudid (tablets) every 4 hours (in place of the Oxy IR) because of the extreme pain of the fracture. I have to say that I was surprised that it did not work at all. It did, however, make me violently ill with near constant vomiting and diarrhea. I have had dilaudid via IV many times, and never experienced these symptoms, and they resolved as soon as I stopped the oral dilaudid tablet."

   
5.0

Karen R (taken for less than 1 month) March 26, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "I have been given Dilaudid through an IV on several occasions and on all those occasions I'd rather just dealt with the pain. Today the hospital gave me Dilaudid, and some nausea medication... On ever occasion that I have been given Dilaudid through IV instantly my head gets too heavy, I begin to get dizzy and lighthead. I always get VERY NAUSEOUS and confused, so I usually sleep it off because I hate the feeling it gives me. This time was different I fell asleep about 40 minutes after getting the medication and every couple minutes I kept waking up. All of a sudden I became very hot and clamy while feeling very cold. "

   
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Grump (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Pain: "Was prescribed 2 mg tablets to be taken 1 or 2 pills every 3 or 4 hours after my complicated rotator cuff surgery which involved reattaching three completely torn through tendons. The pills were completely ineffective. They did nothing for my pain. I quit taking them after the first day. I could not tell that I had taken anything. The circulating ice water machine they send you home from surgery with and regular Advil provided much better relief."

   
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Thrasher (taken for less than 1 month) March 9, 2017

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Dilaudid (hydromorphone) for Chronic Pain: "In my opinion its a weakist. Pain Management drug out there. I would have to take 10 4mg to get the slightest relief and that's on top of wearing a 100mcg patch fentanyl."

   
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Say NO to Dilaudid (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 31, 2017

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