Dilaudid Addiction Side Effects
Dilaudid is a drug that is used in the treatment of pain in individuals. It’s structure and composition are similar to morphine and other opiate drugs. The major ingredient in the medicine is hydromorphone. Hydromorphone is a very potent drug that acts on the central nervous system of the body.
The drug is an opiate; but, can also be used as a narcotic by addicts. The drug causes a depression of pain receptors in the central nervous system and causes the abuser to develop a tolerance to the increased potency of the drug. The drug is also used to suppress dry cough in most individuals.
The drug was created to substitute for the use of heroin for treatment of the cough in most individuals. When a person takes the drug for a long time, they tend to develop a tolerance to its effects. The tolerance may lead to an addiction to the drug. Administration of Dilaudid is through an injection or through an oral tablet.
Like any other drug, abuse of Dilaudid has many adverse side effects. The first side effect of an addiction to the drug is the euphoria it creates. A person will move from a state of pain into an induced state of no pain and bliss. The euphoria can also be induced by using the drug for recreational purposes.
Most people snort the drug or inject it directly to the blood stream. As opposed to the slow releasing tablet, snorting or direct injection may cause the person to have a very fast euphoric experience. Use of the drug for this purpose may lead to dose dumping or the release of too much dose into the body that may lead to an overdose or death.
Dose dumping is accelerated when the drug is taken together with other drugs, especially alcohol, which stimulates the body’s capacity to absorb the drug. The euphoria will end and the user may experience the opposite of euphoria, which is dysphoria or a feeling of extreme drowsiness.
The following side effects are experienced in most individuals; the effects, however, increase with an increase in dosage:
- Somnolence or a feeling of deep drowsiness
- Pain at the site where the needle pierced the body
- Heavy sweating
- Skin infections
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
When Dilaudid is abused for a long time, it may lead to adverse side effects. When these side effects start to manifest themselves in the user, they should immediately seek medical attention or they may end up destroying their overall health. The main severe side effects of Dilaudid abuse are as follows:
- Severe chest pain
- Pinpointed pupils
- Clay-colored stools
- Muscle tremors and stiffness
- a depressed or slow heartbeat
- tightness in the chest
Some people may also develop allergic reactions to the drug. An allergic reaction is characterized by inflamed face and lips. The allergic reaction should be an indicator for a person to stop abusing Dilaudid. The person may also get yellowing of the skin, a condition known as jaundice. A person who has problems with an addiction to other drugs should never use Dilaudid.