Dilaudid is a potent prescription medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic). It helps to manage severe cases that require an opioid analgesic when other pain opioid treatments fail. Dilaudid is also available in the brand names like Exalgo and Hydrostat IR.
Opioid pain medication like Dilaudid can put you at risk of overdose or death. Therefore, if you take your dosage correctly per the doctor's prescription, then you are less prone to the side effects of this medicine.
Dilaudid may slow down or stop your breathing, especially when you start or change the dosage of this medicine. Never take opioids like this drug in similar or larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Inform the doctor if the treatment is not working efficiently in relieving your pain.
Tell your medical consultant if you are pregnant while using this drug. This medicine may cause life-threatening addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a newborn baby if the mother takes this drug during pregnancy.