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Overview of Dilaudid detox

Dilaudid, or hydromorphone, is a powerful synthetic opioid. It was first synthesized in 1926 in Germany. It was released under the brand name Dilaudid and since has carried that name regardless of the brand. It is a prescription drug used to this day to treat moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid was one of the popularly prescribed and illegally prescribed drugs of the recent prescription drug epidemic, making a need for more specific Dilaudid detox programs.

Dilaudid is 3 to 4 times more powerful than morphine. It is fast and short acting, and commonly used in surgeries or traumatic injuries. It is more water soluble than morphine so is most commonly used intravenously, though tablet forms do exist. Its bioavailability is fairly low when taken by mouth compared to other opioids; this is also why it is commonly injected into a vein.

Due to its high water solubility and powerful effects, it is a highly desired recreational drug. Even when prescribed by a doctor, it can lead to abuse and addiction. Like other opioids, Dilaudid has a high risk of physical dependence. That is why it should be taken with caution. Even when prescribed amounts are taken, one can become physically dependent on the drug.

Dilaudid produces a powerful high when injected intravenously. It produces euphoria, comfort and sleepiness. It is commonly used to cut street heroin or sold in powder form to mimic heroin. When one injects Dilaudid unknowingly, overdose is common. It is also a strong respiratory depressant, making it very dangerous to mix with other depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines.

Dilaudid can also produce dizziness, itching, sweating, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Overdose leads to respiratory depression and can cause death. Heavy dilaudid use can lead to hormone imbalances and reproductive harm. Opposed to other opioids, hydromorphone is metabolized mostly in the liver. This causes an excess in certain chemicals that can lead to restlessness and anxiety with abuse.

Because Dilaudid is physically addicting, withdrawal can be very painful. It can be unbearable and sometimes may seem impossible to get and stay sober. This makes it for a common drug seen in medical detox centers. There are many different medications used to ease the pain of withdrawal from Dilaudid.

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How Detoxing From Dilaudid works

Many people avoid treatment because they are afraid of withdrawal. They are well aware of the symptoms associated if they do not get their drug of choice. In medical detox, a variety of medications are used to help with these symptoms.

Detoxing from dilaudid can be excruciating. In medical detox, it is made much more bearable and comfortable. Like other opioid detoxes, a taper is used. Typically Buprenorphine is the taper of choice, like Suboxone or Subutex. Sometimes Methadone is used in its place. These drugs are used to wean someone off opioids slowly to help minimize withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine and methadone work on the same receptors in the brain as opioids. This allows the body to “think” it is getting the drugs needed to function.

Other drugs are used as well called “comfort medications.” These include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, nausea medication and antidepressants. These medications help with sleep, anxiety, depression, restlessness and restless legs. Other non-narcotics are used, like blood pressure medication, which can also help with anxiety and restlessness. These combined allow a person to come off of Dilaudid safely and comfortably. They can significantly decrease withdrawal symptoms to a bearable level. They can keep a person motivated and focused on recovery. A person can be reassured by medical professionals that they are being detoxed from Dilaudid correctly.

WHAT DOES THE Dilaudid DETOX PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

Medical detox facilities looks similar to a doctor's office and a living room. Medical professionals are onsite 24/7 and amenities are supplied so the patient feels safe and comfortable. Vital signs will be monitored around the clock to ensure a person is being detoxed safely. One will be initially evaluated to determine what drugs will be used to assist in the process. These decisions may change as time goes on to make sure a person is as comfortable and safe as possible.

In detox one will also have blood work done. This checks for imbalances in the body associated with drug or alcohol abuse. Doctors also look for diseases common in addicts like HIV or Hepatitis. When these diseases are caught early they can be treated much more efficiently. A treatment plan can be made and vitamins can be prescribed to bring the body back to a normal functioning level. Doctors can also look for liver dysfunction, which is very common in dilaudid abusers. Like other diseases, liver dysfunction can be corrected when caught early.

In detox there are typically therapists as well. They can assist with talk therapy to help cravings and depression. Underlying mental health conditions can also be caught and treated.

Dilaudid detox withdrawals are the physical symptoms felt when an addicted person stops taking Dilaudid. The body, over time, needs Dilaudid to function normally. A person will feel very sick and desperate when they cannot get, or chooses not to take, Dilaudid. As mentioned above, many medications are used in detox to suppress these symptoms. Thougn these medications help significantly, some symptoms will still persist. It may still be difficult to sleep, and one may still be anxious. This is completely natural and over time will go away.

It is important to understand that detox will not be completely painless, but in medical detox it will be significantly more comfortable. Doctors can determine the correct way to treat a person and bring symptoms to a minimum. Physical as well as psychological symptoms can be addressed professionally, opposed to on one’s own attempts to detoxify in which no other options are available except quitting “cold turkey.”

Dilaudid Detox Withdrawals

Pill Bottle Icon Drug is almost always injected (insufflation has only about 50% bioavailability)
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Dilaudid detox withdrawals are the physical symptoms felt when an addicted person stops taking Dilaudid. The body, over time, needs Dilaudid to function normally. A person will feel very sick and desperate when they cannot get, or chooses not to take, Dilaudid. As mentioned above, many medications are used in detox to suppress these symptoms. Thougn these medications help significantly, some symptoms will still persist. It may still be difficult to sleep, and one may still be anxious. This is completely natural and over time will go away.

It is important to understand that detox will not be completely painless, but in medical detox it will be significantly more comfortable. Doctors can determine the correct way to treat a person and bring symptoms to a minimum. Physical as well as psychological symptoms can be addressed professionally, opposed to on one’s own attempts to detoxify in which no other options are available except quitting “cold turkey.”

List of Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Runny nose and excessive secretion of tears
  • Depression
  • Goose bump skin
  • Cold sweats
  • Insomnia

Can you detox from Dilaudid at home?

Because Dilaudid withdrawal is not life threatening, theoretically one could detox on their own. Though it is not dangerous, it is highly discouraged to detox at home. Dilaudid withdrawal can cause a person to become very desperate. This desperation can lead a person to commit crime, harm themselves, or others. Desperation to ease opioid withdrawal commonly leads to theft.

In medical detox, a person can be brought to a much more stable level. Much of their desperation is the result of severe anxiety. There are many medications that can assist with the anxiety associated with withdrawal, and a person can remain hopeful. Detoxing on one’s own may result in the person giving up. They may not be able to see the benefit of staying sober or know that their symptoms are only temporary. In medical detox one can be reassured and medicated to assist with these feelings.

At home one cannot test for diseases. HIV and Hepatits left untreated can be deadly or life-shortening. The faster diseases are caught the less negative effects they will have on the body. Also, mental health problems cannot be addressed at home. “Self medication” is a very common reason for substance abuse. Without help from a doctor, a person may go back to self medication and substance abuse. Doctors can diagnose and efficiently treat mental health problems that otherwise would not be addressed. This can be monumental for some in recovery.

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How long does it take to detox from Dilaudid

Inpatient detox typically lasts 3-10 days, depending on the individual. Many factors come into play to determine length of detox, and it varies person to person. Age, weight, height, length and amount of use all play a role in the detox process. It all depends on a person’s metabolism and how their body processes drugs.

With Dilaudid withdrawal, the most severe symptoms will last 1 to 2 weeks. The first week one will likely have insomnia, depression, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweats. After a week or two, the more psychological symptoms will persist. Insomnia, depression and anxiety are the most common. Medications can assist with these and bring them to a bearable level.

Sometimes, depending on the amount of use, one may feel post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). These symptoms are felt as the brain’s chemistry returns to a normal level. PAWS can be felt weeks, to months, to years after detox. They include trouble with concentration, trouble sleeping, and bouts of depression. Talk therapy and medication can assist with PAWS, but as time goes on one will feel the symptoms less often. Eventually the brain will return to normal.

To prevent persisting symptoms, it is advised to seek medical help. Length of detox and PAWS is always different for each individual. If you or a loved one is taking Dilaudid daily, medical help or detox is advised. Medical detox can address multiple aspects relating to addiction and ensures a proper start to addiction recovery.

  • Dilaudid causes a crash in glucose, producing cravings for sugar
  • Hydromorphone crosses the blood-brain barrier quicker than almost any other opioid. This accounts for the intense “rush” users describe upon injecting the drug.
  • Hydromorphone has been approved for use in federal executions since 2009. So far, it’s only been used once.
  • Between 1998 and 2006, hydromorphone prescriptions increased over 200%.
  • Dilaudid overdose can be reversed with Naloxone