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Hydromorphone ER

How Does Hydromorphone ER Work?

Hydromorphone ER tablets are specially designed to release the medication over an extended period. As a result, instead of taking short-acting hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) several times a day, you can just take hydromorphone ER once a day.
Hydromorphone ER is an opioid narcotic medication that is chemically related to morphine. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces several, different effects. These include but are not limited to:
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Cough suppression
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Unusual, unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual, pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Physical dependence.

Abuse Potential

As the name implies, hydromorphone ER contains hydromorphone, a drug that may be abused (see Exalgo Abuse). It is a good idea to keep this medication in a safe place, where it is unlikely to be stolen by others. Never let someone else take your medication. This product provides a high dose of hydromorphone that could easily result in death in someone who is not used to the medication.
Also, it is very dangerous to inject this medication, as it contains inactive ingredients that can be quite harmful when injected into the bloodstream. People who abuse hydromorphone ER and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms (see Exalgo Withdrawal).
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Hydromorphone ER Drug Information

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