Its amazing how substances that are potentially addictive can easily be bought in pharmacies with the help of a prescription. Dilaudid is a painkiller that is made of hydromorphone and is prescribed to patients who are suffering from moderate to severe pain. At the same time, they are also given to individuals who have developed increased tolerance to other types of pain killers. Dilaudid addiction is very common among takers of the pill because the substance is eight times more potent as compared to morphine. Some individuals who have been addicted to Dilaudid claim that the addiction started as early as their first dose of the drug.
Dilaudid in itself is dangerous but if used in conjunction with other drugs especially antidepressants may have very fatal effects. Some of the side effects of Dilaudid addiction are shock, cardiac arrest, respiratory depression, as well as circulatory depression. Common emergency room symptoms brought about by the excessive intake of Dilaudid can include arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, vomiting and dizziness. Because Dilaudid suppresses the persons ability to cough, most of the individuals who overdose on the drug die while sleeping due to suffocation. People who are addicted to Dilaudid should not mix the drug with alcohol. The drug causes respiratory depression and labored breathing but with the involvement of alcohol can lead to heart failure and eventually death.
A person who wishes to recover from being addicted from the substance will experience the same withdrawal symptoms as a person who is undergoing heroin detox. The withdrawal symptoms that an individual will experience will depend on the length of his addiction to the substance and the amount of the drug that the individual usually took while being addicted to the drug. Some of the symptoms will include vomiting, irritability, muscle pain or cramping, insomnia and diarrhea.