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is dilaudid stronger than demerol

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Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Yes.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Both are potent drug: They are both potent drugs when given other than by an oral route. When taken by mouth, Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) is less potent.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
That : That is a very good question. All of these medications are "synthetic" opioids. There is no Codeine in hydrocodone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochlori ... Read More
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Hydrocodone : Hydrocodone is derived from codeine, which means it's a synthetic drug and is made from codeine, but actually does not contain it. Demerol and Dilaud ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Depends: In someone who is not used to opioids this can be a strong medication. It is indicated for moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid is about 4 times strong ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Potency?: It depends on the amount of each. Dilaudid is more potent on a milligram to milligram basis.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Einar Ottestad
18 years experience Pain Management
5x: Hydrocodone's main mechanism of action is being metabolized into hydromorphone by the liver. On a mg basis i cosider hydromorphone to be 5-7.5 times m ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
21 years experience Anesthesiology
Equivalency: Oral Dilaudid = x5 morphine. Hydrocodone =x1.5 morphine. Now do the mathematics.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dilaudid is much: Stronger then hydrocodone, somewhere in the 20 times stronger range and the jump should not be made from hydrocodone to Dilaudid (or oxymorphone). Spe ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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4 to 5 times: Dilaudid (hydromorphone) when taken orally is roughly 4 to 5 times more potent than oral hydrocodone. Both medications are controlled by the drug enfo ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Yes: This is not an easy conversion but most conversions show oxycodone to be much stronger.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience Ophthalmology
What does your Dr.: say? Both of those narcotics are habit forming and addictive outside of short term pain management/use. Phenergan (promethazine) is a decongestant, bu ... Read More
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