Dilaudid Abuse Symptoms
Dilaudid Abuse Symptoms
It isn’t always easy
to spot Dilaudid abuse symptoms, mainly because abuse of the drug
does not necessarily mean a person has developed a psychological of
physical dependence on it, and in many cases the signs are so subtle
that even close family members can’t tell.
Dilaudid is an opiate
Dilaudid is an
opiate pain killer, a Schedule II controlled substance, a narcotic.
It is closely related to morphine, so it is considered to be highly
addictive. While the Dilaudid is designed to control pain, it is
often abused because people either take it improperly, or they use it
Any time a drug is used
for anything other than its prescribed or intended purposes, that is
drug abuse. Any use of an illegal drug is drug abuse. Any use of a
legal, non-prescription drug, such as alcohol, that goes beyond
advisable limits and causes intoxication or impairment, is drug
abuse. The big problem with abuse is seeing that it is occurring.
Don’t take too much
Here is a case in
point—a person is prescribed Dilaudid (hydromorphone) after
surgical procedure to control moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid is
an opioid, similar to morphine, so the doctor is careful to make sure
the patient understands that it is to be taken as directed for a
specific amount of time. The drug works fine, but the pain persists.
The patient decides that
if one pill is doing goo, then two pills will be great and take away
all the pain. Or they will take the medicine too often. As time
goes on, the patient builds a tolerance to the drug, meaning it takes
more drug to achieve the same effect. It’s a slippery slope.
Family may be the last
Family members can’t
necessarily tell if something is wrong, especially if the patient is
functioning well, but over time, the slippery slope will take its
toll. The patient runs out of the drug before the prescription is
due for a refill. A psychological dependence has developed and the
patient “thinks” they need the drug.
Or the patient really does
“need” the drug after a physical dependence has developed.
Either way, the brain chemistry is out of balance and the brain is
tricked into thinking it needs the drug to function properly. The
slippery slope that began by taking the pills too often, or one too
many, ends up in full blown addiction.
How often are the pills
taken? One of the first Dilaudid abuse symptoms.
Some of the things
to watch for include observing how often the medication is taken and
in what quantity. Taken as prescribed, the medicine might cause a
little drowsiness, but if you notice anything beyond that, such as
slurring of speech, or physical impairment, that’s a sign of abuse.
They will run out and need to fill the prescription early.
When the doctor starts
refusing, they will go “doctor shopping” and try to find another
physician to write the script. You may have seen the television show
“House” and seen Dr. House manipulating his colleagues to write
scripts for his pain medication.
Look for nervousness as
a Dilaudid abuse symptoms
As the abuse
increases, the person might display nervousness, or signs of
agitation when they don’t get their medicine. They might seem a
little more “standoffish” and not be as inclined to spend time
with friends and family. Sometimes they might slip away for a little
while for no particular reason, presumably to take their drug of
choice, but those abusing Dilaudid might start out that way, but
graduate to another drug when they can’t get Dilaudid.
You need to be aware of
this. In general, however, as a friend or a family member, be aware
of any changes in their behavior, from sleeping too much, to missing
work or school, to losing interest in their regular hobbies or
Other health problems
symptoms might also include some health concerns. Opiates impact
respiratory functions and people have been known to actually stop
breathing when they’ve taken too much Dilaudid, or just as bad, taken
Dilaudid with alcohol. If your friend or family member takes the
drug,, then drinks and later falls asleep on the couch, do not just
let them sleep but call 911.
The best way to avoid
trouble is to listen to the doctor, take the medicine as prescribed
and do not push the limits. That goes against human nature, but the
best way to avoid trouble is to follow the rules.