Hydromorphone (By injection)
Treats moderate to severe pain. This medicine is a narcotic.
Analgesic, Anesthetic Adjunct (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Hydromorphone injection is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It belongs to the group of medicines called narcotic analgesics (pain medicines) and acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain. Do not use this medicine for mild pain or pain that you only have once in a while or “as needed.”
When hydromorphone is used for a long time, it may become habit-forming, causing mental or physical dependence. However, people who have continuing pain should not let the fear of dependence keep them from using narcotics to relieve the pain. Mental dependence (addiction) is not likely to occur when narcotics are used for this purpose. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects if treatment is stopped suddenly. Severe withdrawal side effects can usually be prevented by gradually reducing the dose over a period of time.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. Throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed. Ask your pharmacist about the best way to dispose of medicine you do not use.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some foods and drugs can affect how hydromorphone works. Tell your doctor if you have used an MAO inhibitor (MAOI) within the past 14 days. Also, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Buprenorphine, butorphanol, nalbuphine, or pentazocine Phenothiazine medicine, including chlorpromazine, perphenazine, promethazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. Do not take any medicine with alcohol in it.
Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to hydromorphone or sulfites.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease or breathing problems, low blood pressure, Addison disease or other thyroid disorder, or a head injury. Tell you doctor if you have an enlarged prostate, problems with urination, or digestion problems, including gallbladder or pancreas disorders. Also, tell your doctor if you have a history of seizures, depression, or drug or alcohol abuse.
This medicine may cause severe breathing problems.
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Too much of this medicine can cause death. Symptoms of an overdose include extreme dizziness or weakness, trouble breathing, slow heartbeat, seizure, and cold, clammy skin.
This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
This medicine may cause constipation, especially with long-term use. Ask your doctor if you should use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Long-term use: Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin
Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
Severe constipation or stomach pain
Slow or uneven heartbeat
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
Mild tiredness or sleepiness
Pain, itching, or rash where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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