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What do you suggest if i'm currently taking 180 mg of oxyneo and want to switch to hydromorphone for pain.?
Why??: Oxyneo is an effort to provide adequate amounts of the needed pain drug (oxycodone) in a form that is resistant to abuse, both by crushing and snorting, and by smoking. If you want to switch, i wonder what you are trying to get from the medication. You need to talk to your prescriber about your issues, and consider whether there is now an underlying addiction developing.Dilaudid is highly abusable. ...Read more
Generally speaking, is it appropriate to use hydromorphone to treat the symptoms of delirium if haloperidol is not very effective?
My husband is on a dilaudid pump since he has cancer and at the point he can't sleep. Is this a side effect?
Not long: Based on the omg! i would recommend going to the er! the half life of hydromorphone is about 2.5 hours. This means that the concentration of the total dose take is cut in half by this time. The higher the total dose the higher the blood level is. At high levels even cutting it in half may still have serious effects. Seek medical attention. ...Read more
Yes you can overdose: Hydromorphone is about 5-7x stronger than morphine. The 16mg hydromorphone is equal to roughly 80-115mg of morphine. Therefore if you are not used to this dose of medication, you can definitely be at risk for overdose which would result in sedation and respiratory depression which stops your breathing. Seek medical advice first if you have never taken a pain medication before. ...Read more
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