This medication is used for relieving severe pain. Hydromorphone is a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics. Its working is in the brain to change your body feelings and responds to pain.
How to use Hydromorphone HCL
before taking hydromorphone for the first time, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist properly. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
Take this medication as prescribed by your doctor. You may take this medication with or without food according to your health conditions.
If you use the liquid form of this medication, measure the dose carefully using ,a special measuring spoon. Don’t use your household spoon because you may not get the accurate dose. Don’t get confused with the dosage of hydromorphone liquid in milligrams (mg) with the dose in milliliters (mL). If you are not sure on how to check or measure the dose, ask your pharmacist or doctor. If your medication is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.
The dosage is based on your complete medical condition and response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose. Also, stop the medication properly as directed by the Doctor.
If you take the medications during the first occurance of pain, then these pain medications work the best . If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as prefered.
If you have ongoing pain, your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting opioid medications. In that case, this medication might be used for sudden pain only as needed.
Sudden stopping of this medication will lead to withdrawal, especially if you have used it for a long time or in high doses.