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How long does Dilaudid stay in your system?

Dilaudid is the brand name for a prescription pain reliever that contains hydromorphone. Hydromorphone is generally detected in urine screens for 2-3 days after use, about the same detection window as hydrocodone in your body.

If you are tired of being sick and tired because of your Dilaudid (hydromorphone) abuse and addiction, learn more about the drug’s addictive potential, treatment considerations, and available rehab options in our Dilaudid Addiction Treatment Help and Programs GUIDE…and make the first step towards ending your suffering. Help is available TODAY.

What is Dilaudid used for?

Dilaudid is the band name for hydromorphone and is a derivative of morphine. Dilaudid is an opioid analgesic and is used for pain relief. As a comparison, hydromorphone is approximately 2-8 times more potent than morphine and is often sought as a substitute for heroin by narcotics addicts.

How do you take Dilaudid?

Dilaudid is available in immediate release forms and can be taken as an inject-able medication, an oral liquid, tablets, and/or suppositories. Therapeutic doses range from 1 to 10 mg.

But Dilaudid can also be abused outside of medical use by crushing, chewing, snorting, or injecting the dissolved product. These modes of administration, however, pose risk of addiction, overdose or death to the user.

Peak levels and half life of hydromorphone

After oral administration of 8 mg of Dilaudid liquid or tablets, peak plasma hydromorphone concentrations are generally achieved within 30 minutes to an hour.  The half life of hydromorphone is related to mode of administration. The terminal elimination half-life of hydromorphone after an intravenous dose is about 2.3 hours. Following oral administration, hydromorphone demonstrates an elimination half-life of approximately 4.1 hours.

Hydromorphone may also be expected to have additive effects when used with alcohol, other opioids, or illicit drugs that cause central nervous system depression.

Dilaudid drug testing

Drug testing for Dilaudid in the blood, urine, hair or saliva is usually accurate. However, the detection time varies by type of drug screen, dosage, size of the person being tested, etc. In general terms, drugs like Dilaudid are detected in blood on the scale of hours while they are detected in urine on the scale of days.

As an anagesic prescription medicine, Dilaudid can be identified as an “expanded opiate” in a standard opiate screen. Dilaudid also requires a lower cutoff concentration during initial and confirmation drug screens (300 ng/mL) when compared to other opiates (2000 ng/ml).  So how long does Dilaudid stay in the body?

Blood: <24 hours after last use

Hair: 3-6 months after last use

Saliva: 2-3 days after last use

Urine: 2-3 days after last use

Dilaudid and addiction

As an opioid analgesic, Dilaudid is a medicine with one of the highest potential for abuse of all prescription medications. Why is this? Medications like Dilaudid act with central nervous system opiate receptors to produce pain relieving effects. One additional side effect that occurs when taking opioids is euphoric effect. Taking Dilaudid to get high can lead to chronic use. Taking Dilaudid over time can then lead to physical dependence, tolerance and withdrawal when dosage is lowered or stopped altogether.

Problems with Dilaudid?

If you want help with a Dilaudid or hydromorphone problem, please leave us a message below. We answer all legitimate questions with real answers, and will refer you to local resources which can really help you.

Reference sources: Commonwealth of Virginia info on Controlled Substance Testing Programs
Daily Med drug info on Dilaudid
DEA drug information on hydromorphone
NIDA Research Monograph Series: Urine Testing for Drugs of Abuse
Interpretation of Oral Fluid Tests for Drugs of Abuse
Quest Diagnostics presentation to DOI: Current &Alternative Forms and Statistical Trends in Workplace Drug Testing
Department of Justice toxicology protocols for substance use





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164 Responses to “How long does Dilaudid stay in your system?
mike mervis
12:57 am December 22nd, 2011

had back surgurgerys and was on oxycontin up to 400mgs aday.weened down over years to approx.120 aday. oxys were getting hard to get @phamacy so doctor gave me hydromorphone 4mgs.that was 2 weeks ago and was withdrawling for 7 days but not really bad. i now have weened to 2 four mg pills aday and want to know after afew days to aweek of that ,then down to one pill aday then zero will i get t WD SYMPTOMS STILL i cant take that WD AT ALL .IS WHAT IM DOING PROPER TO GET TO ZERO POISON IN ME BLOODY SYSTEM. THANKS SO MUCH BUT I LIKE TO KNOW ANSWERS FOR PSYCOLOGOCAL REASONS BEING WHEN I KNOW ITS EASIER ON MY MENTAL HEALTH

1:31 am February 15th, 2012

As an RN I can tell you that dilaudid or hyromorphone is known as hospital herorin. I don’t want to you to frighten you but is important for you to know with what you are dealing.
First and most important please remove yourself from these types of drugs under the supervision of a physician. Patients control their care and you must simply tell your doctor you want to be remove from this drug, he/she will remove you carefully so that you don’t have to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Discuss other pain relief measures with a pain specialist. Hydrotherapy, heat or cold compresses may help. Regular physical therapy and excercise also helps.
Not recommended is for a patient to attempt stopping a strong narcotic unassisted by a physician. If you are not happy with your current care certainly change. It is important that you be the manager of your own health. No doctor can tell you more about yourself.

10:30 am February 15th, 2012

Thank you for sharing your medical experience, Susan. How did you find us?

6:26 pm September 28th, 2012

So if someone is not addicted, but was prescribe this for pain and wants to stop use after 2-3 weeks, is there a withdrawal period? If so how long? and what can ease the symptoms until it can pass. Sorry dont have a regular doctor for advice… prescription came after surgery from the hospital. Please advise, if possible.

2:51 pm October 17th, 2012

Hello LR. Withdrawal from hydromorphone occurs if a person has become physically dependent on it during the course of use. A 2-3 weeks daily dosing period may be lengthy enough for someone to develop dependence, but the occurrence of dependence is highly personal. As with other opiates and opioids, withdrawal peaks around 72 hours after last dose and can last for 10-14 days after cessation. Treatments are also similar and can include over the counter medications for analgesia, hot baths and showers, massage, or pharmaceutical interventions. If withdrawal occurs and is severe, be sure to see a doctor and ask about treatment options such as clonidine or buprenorphine which are used to treat opiate withdrawal.

6:54 am December 11th, 2012

I am very angry! I have been on 45 mg oxycodone for over 5 years. Was abruptly taken down to 30 mg and 15 mgs morphine. recently went to the Doctor we discussed me weening off of the meds. I said ok. The Doctor went out the door and gave his nurse my scripts for Dilaudids 4mg and MS Contin 15 mg. Not to mention this year he increased my morphine and I had a respiratory reaction and was told it is too much for my system so they put me back down to 15 mgs. Went I contacted my primary because I was scared of withdrawals I was told it was ok for me to go onto this new med. I am on it just 2 days and I am experiencing withdrawals from the Oxycodone and the new meds is upsetting my stomach. I have called both my primary care physician and my pain management physician and nothing! Today is 2nd day 3rd night of sweats nausea, fever, headache body aches arguing with my husband feeling like crying all day and night and no sleep! HELP ME!!!

1:07 am March 19th, 2013

When an autopsy is done 4 days after death and it is suspected that dilaudid was taken, what would the results be on a toxicology screen. It showed “may be elevated levels of hydromorphone” what could that mean?

6:06 am April 9th, 2013

I was in hospital for 6 months, had 4 major bowel surgeries & a lot of pain. I had IV dilaudid for most of the time in hospital, then given pills when I finally went home. The pills didn’t work as well as IV, & I knew I was addicted when I found myself wishing I could somehow return to hospital for the IV! Anyways, I did a really dumb thing…crushed & cooked it up & injected it myself. Managed to quit that for a few weeks but recently started again. Over 24hrs, I usually have about 10mg (1 & 2nd tablets). I want to stop again, the same way as before (stopping needles first & taking the pils as prescribed. Then tapering off altogether. If I try stopping again, the same way, am I going to have such horrible withdrawals?? This time I’ve only been injecting it for 2 weeks (before I’d been doing it for a few months)

6:05 am April 10th, 2013

Hi Jen. I feel for you. Good for you that you can recognize the problem and want help! I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor and ask for a tapering schedule to help you minimize withdrawal symptoms. There is no need to go cold turkey from any opioid or opiate medication.

Mary Jo
1:23 pm May 21st, 2013

My 92 year old mother is in the hospital (she fell). She was given dilauded for pain. At first she was sleepy and drowsy. However, her last dose had been at 6am. I arrived at the hospital at 1pm and she was “like a zombie”. She could only speak in on or two word sentences although she knew exactly what was going on around her and she knew her responses. Example. They wanted to give her crackers and she forced out the words “allergic – wheat”. She needs to be gluten free. Two days prior she was her normal, active, engaged self. Could this be a side affect? If so, could the results be permanent? I am so concerned and I am sure the hospital won’t address this question for fear of reporcutions.
Thank you so much for help. PS Is there a way to undo these affects?

2:53 pm June 3rd, 2013

From my experience it takes 2-3 days, but I have a fast metabolism so its not detectable through urine tests. Just a warning to everyone addicted to opiates, if you can get off them by weening down slowly then that’s the way to go. I`ve been on methadone for 4-5 years and it feels like a life sentence. Dropped down from 120mg to 35mg over the last year and a half, but its getting harder as I go lower. I bit lower and I`m going on suboxone, I have friends that are having great success with suboxone so this maybe my saving grace. @ Jen you should look into suboxone I think it might be what saves you. I know what its like to have withdrawal and wouldn`t wish it on anyone:(

Bob dean
9:08 pm June 14th, 2013

I have been on prescribed opiated for excrutiating back back for quite some time. More recently my doctor prescribed 8 mg hydromorphone, 4 times daily. I have to say that my pain is so bad that it doesn’t help vey much. Also, it has caused severe OIC. How long after I cut down of stop taking this will my Oic get better?

The only thing the doc told me that will help is surgery. I have heart failure and surgery at this time is not an option. Is there any other drugs that might help? I can’t take NSAIDS because of my heart problems.

Please help

Thank you


Joe Palazzola
2:57 am June 20th, 2013

Hi, My name is Joe I am a chronic abuser of diluadid. this started over ten years ago while I had a bowel blockage then two years later I was diagnosed with Reanal cell Carcinoma. During this time I started using Norco, I then graduated to Diluadid, needless to say I have a very addictive personality. I have been injecting this drug for over 18 months, and it has completely ruined my life, both personal and my employment career. I finally broke down and went to a Methadone Clinic, I have been there for only a week and I have already noticed a great big difference in all the lives of my loved ones. I did not want to take this road but I had very little choice I want to be completely free of ALL DRUGS!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank for your ears and your advice

1:22 pm July 3rd, 2013

Hello Joe. Methadone or buprenorphine can be very helpful in quitting harder opioid or opiate drugs. There is usually a general guide for minimum dosing, both in terms of dosage amounts, frequency, and duration. Speak with the prescribing doctor about your concerns, and follow medical advice. Also, have you sought help from a support group or addictions counselor? Cognitive and emotional changes can help immensely as you wean off drugs and start to learn new ways to cope with life.

9:33 pm July 27th, 2013

I shoot up 8mg of dilaudid for the last 2 weeks…everyday. It is the 29th now of July and I have a urine test on the 17th of next month, wil it be out of my urine by than??

1:19 am August 21st, 2013

I’m feeling very weird tonight, not buzzed or anything like that, but in a shaky, nauseated way. I am on 8mg dilaudid four times a day. I am opiate tolerant, I also have the 25mcg fentanyl patch. I am wondering if I took my last two dilaudid too close together. I was busy and working around the house and of course I was in pain. Should I be seen by a doctor, or should this wear off? I am mildly drowsy,. Your help would be appreciated. I don’t want to run to the hospital and get sent to the psych ward for a stupid accident. I’ve never done this in the six years I’ve been on narcotics.

8:59 pm October 2nd, 2013

I took it yesterday and this morning but it is 7 years old the hydromorphine will it show up in a employee drug test if i have to take one tomorrow

2:41 pm December 6th, 2013

Hydromorphone tested at 2,820 ng/ml on a recent drug test. Hydrocodone tested at 800ng/ml, The patient states he is only taking Hydrocodone. Could taking hydrocodone cause this high a level of hydromorphone or is the client most likely taking hydromorphone as well.

9:32 pm January 17th, 2014

I recently have been shooting up dilauded I get drug tested random once a month I recently missed a shot will it GI back into my blkood stream or will it b like a I took it normally

5:37 am March 24th, 2014

I’m suffering withdrawals of dilaudidI need help cleaning out my system

1:53 pm June 28th, 2014

My 86 year old mother has ESRF and dementia. She went into hospital last Monday for bowel blockage. She was discharged Friday. She was given 0.75 ml of Dilaudid 4 times a day and was prescribed it on discharge. After she came home it was afternoon so I have her 0.75 ml in the afternoon, then in the evening. This morning she was unable to use her legs, was hallucinating and unable to speak properly. I was unaware of the dangers of this drug and so followed doctor’s directions and gave a morning and lunch dose. My daughter suggested looking up this drug which is horrifying. Mum was bloated not in pain, just discomfort. I have discontinued using it since reading side affects. How long will it take for the side affects to pass?

7:19 am June 30th, 2014

I go to the er saying I’m in pain when I really am not. I also say I’m allergic to other pain meds just to get diladuid. HELP i just need advice!

9:22 am June 30th, 2014

Hi Eileen. The time that it takes for Dilaudid to leave the system varies in length and depends on the pattern of typical use and on individual differences. Doctors say that it might take several weeks for the side effects to pass, but since you discontinued her from the meds almost immediately, it is not expected to take as long.

1:18 am July 18th, 2014

How long after taking 2mg of dilaudid until I can have a glass of wine?

5:00 am August 3rd, 2014

Help!!! Diagnosed w/chronic pain 9/13… Started at 2mg diluadid to 8 mg diluadid twice a day.. I wanna get out these pills. Help!!!

5:42 pm August 11th, 2014

I broke my back in 1997 and was prescribed stadol oxy & percs but I never abused them until 2 years ago I broke my leg & they put me on hydromorphone & diludid which I have been injecting every day since it took all my pain away. Well now I’ve lost my business my life is spiraling outa control so I decided too cold turkey quit. My first 24 hours has been a nightmare I’m worried about losing my mind and killing myself I’m broke so no chance of getting high my new script isn’t due till the 25th and I need too know can I kick this thing without it killing me and how much worse will it get and when does it start getting better?! Ty

3:52 am October 6th, 2014

If Diludid 8mg tab, prescribed BD, PRN, how long inbetween each dose should be given?

7:50 pm October 10th, 2014

hey! so i have been struggling with addiction for years and eventually went on methadone,got off it, clean for 2 years and had a slight relapse. not using everyday but using enough. went to see a doctor and got naltrexone(revia) it is friday today. i used hydromorphone(hydies) on weds. would i be okay to take the revia sunday/monday? online it says you have to be clean 7-10 days. my doctor said 4-5. i dont no when to take it or which one to listen to. when i went to go see my doctor i was clean for 6 days and was doing really good. but after the weekend im not doing as good as i was when i went to go see her for it.

4:18 am October 29th, 2014

I want to know if I took 1 ambian and a 4mg dilaudid what will happen?

11:58 pm November 1st, 2014

Got vp shunt- diagnosed w/chronic pain- gt pain doc – beggin for last 3mnths to plse stop 8 mg diluadid- had 8 brain surg- started at 2mg now at 8 mg Max is 2 day cut in half on for almost 11 mnths tried not to tke- havin worst of pain on right side where shunt is- gets clogged- last year 8/13 had 4 brain surg in month- hve to go to er pain nt go away- diluadid nt helpin at all. See pain doc nxt week- plse help

5:53 am December 6th, 2014

Im on suboxen and when I go to see my Dr I get a drug test that test the levels on drugs I’m your system I relapsed on daladid and I need to know how long will I have to be clean for it not to show up

10:33 pm December 8th, 2014

i have been on hydromorphone for 4 years now and have graduated to injecting them about 9 months ago.i was given eight 8 mg tablets a day for the first three years now I am on four 12 mg capsuls a day. I go through my script very fast and then im buying them off the street.i am injecting roughly 12 to 18 mg every 2 to 3 hours a day.i don’t get high off them anymore nor do they help the pain as much any more. I just want to stop taking them cold turkey. how long will it take to feel back to normal again….I hate these pills

5:34 pm December 9th, 2014

Hello Trishtina. Dilaudid can stay detectable in blood several hours after use, and can stay detectable in urine for several days. You can read the specifics in the text above.

4:25 am January 7th, 2015

Hi im having such a hard time I need help with the withdraws from shooting up dilaudids 8mgs at a time whatever I can afford a day and its too expensive now at 30 dollers a pill I cannot afford it but no longer want to do them no more im tired of having to do them cause I dont want to be sick ive tryed but after one day I get so sick my feet kick I cant sleep im throwing up and cant eat what can I do to help me? I really want help I want my life back and I really would like help with the withdrawal so I dont use tks jackie

Karen Hyatt
3:12 am January 21st, 2015

After stopping dilaudid for 4 months for an injury, how long can I expect the withdrawal symptoms, especially depression to last?

Todd C
8:31 am February 7th, 2015

I was diagnosed 9 years ago with ankylosing spondalites, started on percocet graduated to OXY soon after. About a year later went on to hydromorphe contin and hydromorphon (dilauded). Within a couple of years my doc was prescribing about 500 / 4 mil dilauded per month and about 90 / 30 mil of the contin. As my tollerance grew my scrip went to an unbelievable 1080 / 4 mil dilauded a month and 180 / 30 mil hydromorphe contin. I took this amount for several years. Once my life was destroyed l told my doctor l wanted off all meds.
She proceeded to give me some vague idea as to how to wein myself off of this. I did it in about 4 months. Needless to say when meds were gone l started a trip into well itself for more than two months. I Will post more of story which doesn’t and there when someone responds to this post. My name is Todd.

9:47 pm February 8th, 2015

I’m in bad withdrawal and scared out of my mind. This is the second time in a month this has happened. First it was from Suboxone. That made me suicidal coming off that. The Dr. Took me off way to fast. So he replaced it with Dilaudid. It wasn’t helping the pain either. He just told me to stop. He was going to replace it with another one. …can’t remember what now but it was to expensive ($80) so he was able to call in tylenol 3. He is an hour away because we don’t have a pain clinic here. I’m of course hurting and sick & can’t stop crying. I can’t afford to go to the hospital. My husband is beyond frustrated with me.

12:50 pm February 9th, 2015

Hello Tod. How can we help?

Hi Toni. Do you have someone who can drive you to the hospital? It’s not safe to leave withdrawal symptoms untreated, since they cause a lot of stress to your organism and may lead to dehydration or other conditions.

2:24 pm February 15th, 2015

i have had surgery (lung), had it thru an epidural. have not had any for almost a week and still have a lot of itching. is this “normal” or should i be concerned.
thank you

1:36 pm February 16th, 2015

Hi Edith. I’d advise you to talk to your doctor. Call the office first to consult with your doctor or a nurse, and then if there is a need you can go to be further examined.

12:34 am February 16th, 2015

How long will the with darlw of off hydro morphing take this s the first day with out it and I’m scared the last time it rayed I was so click but then I had to go back on it four days into my detox this time I plan on staying off been on it for two months please help and tell me what to expect

10:12 pm February 17th, 2015

Hello I am 25 years old. I use 4mg of dilaudid per day. I am quoting today. I’m nervous on what expect. Am I going to have the same withdrawal symptoms as someone who takes more? How long will I be sick and what can help me..please help.

4:35 pm February 18th, 2015

Hi Brooke. The withdrawal symptoms will be bad for a week and then you will gradually feel better. If the symptoms become unbearable you can always restart the dilaudid and taper off slowly rather than stopping abruptly so to avoid the withdrawals. Still, the best and safest way to quit Dilaudid is in a detox facility and under medical supervision, and of course-with the help of other medications to treat the withdrawal symptoms.

5:49 pm April 3rd, 2015

My doc has had me on 8mg Dilaudid for over a year now for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and a cervical spine injury (3x a day). My doc knows that some days are worse than others and on those days, i may need to take extra for the pain. My main issue is this unbearable fatigue. I can sleep 10 hours a night and still wake up in the morning needing to go right back to sleep. Then i can sleep most of the day. My doc is trying everything for the fatigue but we’re not getting answers. My question is can the dilaudid be causing THIS much fatigue? Im not abusing it like snorting, injecting, etc. but there are days i double up on y dose depending on my pain and then go down to the normal dose the following day. I never take it after 5pm so my doctor said it should not have an effect on how tired i am in the morning. Do you disagree? Do you have any clue if dilaudid can me causing this crippling fatigue? Even with being on it for a while? Thank you.

4:12 am April 21st, 2015

My Husband is currently taking Hydromophone 4 mg. but sometimes he takes 2 every 3 hours is that to much r what and then was on morphine . Now aint thats 2 narcotics and is that bad . He is battling cancer and was put on that for pain please let me know .

4:22 am May 14th, 2015

I have a Female friend who is shooting dilaudid 1/2 pill every day maybe 1 pill a day and has for many months. She would like to stop, How can I help her. Can she kick it cold turkey?

12:24 pm May 14th, 2015

Hi John. Going cold turkey off a medication is not recommended unless it is inevitable. Doing a slow and gradual taper instead, promises more success and is far less stressful for your organism. Quitting cold turkey can result in some adverse and harsh withdrawal symptoms.

1:58 pm May 14th, 2015

What r the symptoms of over dosage from Hydromophone 4mg.

3:11 pm May 14th, 2015

Hi Joy. Hydromorphine withdrawal symptoms are similar to the withdrawal symptoms of other opiates. These are not all of the possible withdrawal effects, but most usually people experience nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness of legs and arms, sweats, loss of appetite, emotional instability, irrational behavior, insomnia, depression, flu-like symptoms, muscle and bone pain, return of the pain the was managed, suicidal thoughts and ideation, seizures (and other symptoms are possible).

6:10 am May 20th, 2015

My girlfriend is prescribed hydromophone and I’m scared she is addicted to it but won’t admit it. She takes 3 mg pills but she takes 3 at the same time. She says that’s the only way it helps her pain. Is that a sign. Sometimes I caught her nodding off and her body twitches

12:25 pm May 20th, 2015

Hi Scott. Over time our organism gets used to the presence of the medication and stops experiencing the pain relief effects as it used to. If she’s been using hydromophone for some time now, that may be the case. However, using any medication in doses or frequency other than prescribed is considered abuse. I do not, however, doubt that she really feels relief and that’s her only intention.

6:24 am June 5th, 2015


8:56 pm July 13th, 2015

My grandmother was recently overdosed with dilaudid under the care of the hospital she is currently in. She is not able to speak or eat and has minimal reaction to the calling of her name othere than shaking her head and attempting to make eye contact. She is also a end stage renal dialysis patient, which means she was not suppose to have been given dilaudid in the first place. Please tell me what needs to be done, other than dialysis treatments, in order to flush her system of the hydromorphone comepletely! I believe time is running out…

5:14 pm July 14th, 2015

Hello Anicia. Her organism will flush the drug and its metabolites out, but there is nothing that can stop Dilaudud’s effects except for drinking more fluids and dialysis – as you mentioned. I hope she feels better soon.

12:32 am July 28th, 2015

I am on Dilaudid since my total knee replacement 4 weeks ago. I am down to 2mg once or twice during the day and 6 at night. I want off this badly. I don’t have pain. I did not take any yesterday or last night and I had a horrible night, twitching, sweating, insomnia, nausea, the runs. What is a good titration schedule to avoid these symptoms?

10:40 pm August 8th, 2015

My husband is alcoholic and had a surgery for hernia repair he was given this medication for pain and he started shaking and having hallucinations that saw me with another men while he was in the hospital is this normal or he is having another type of problem now he stopped the medication is he going to be back to normal mental stay or he will continue this hallucinations

5:32 pm August 18th, 2015

i have been taking dilaudin for 12 days after breaking my humerus in 5 places. i have cut back the doses to 1 pill every 8 hours. how long after stopping completely should i wait before consuming any alcohol

3:31 am August 20th, 2015

I had a double kidney transplant in 2013. I spent almost six months in the hospital after my surgery and was given dilaudid through the iv several times a day. When I came home I was treated with the pill form and it doesn’t work as well. I get violently sick when the dilaludid wears off. My body aches terribly and I cannot control my vomiting. I get bad chills and I sweat a lot. My girlfriend suggested as well as the doctors that I may be addicted. I won’t hear of it, but I do find myself returning to the hospital just about every other week. Once I get the dilaudid in my system I am fine. Please tell me your honest opinions. Am I really sick or am I an opiate addict. Thanks in advance.

9:54 pm August 27th, 2015

Hi , I knew someone who was hooked on injecting dilaudid for over 7 months then stopped well it’s been a month and she has been clean but now she is asking around and trying to find dilaudid AGAIN , will any harm happen if she starts injecting again , and how can I make sure she stays clean without going to rehab or even lecturing her ? She NEVER listened then so why would she listen now ? She is finally happy again and I don’t wanna see her start back up again .

4:10 am August 31st, 2015

I had a kidney stone and the hospital gave me 1 mg of dilaudid and I am a school bus driver how long before I can go back to work

2:20 pm August 31st, 2015

Hello Charles. Did they give you only that one dose of 1mg or you are prescribed to take Dilaudid for several days? I believe this is a question you’d best direct at your doctor.

4:00 am September 16th, 2015

I have been taking hydromorphone 4mg 6 times a day for about 8 months , as well as vico din 10mg 6 times a day, I take both pills together every 4 hours around the clock, my doctor does urine screening, well my urine tests have come back that a small amount of hydromophone is only being detected, and so now my doctor doesn’t think I’m taking the meds, and is cutting me off,I am just going to die because vicodin doesn’t even come close to help relieve my severe arthritis amongst other ailmonts. Why isn’t this hydromophone showing up with the amount I’m taking. Could the pharmisutcal company be shorting their pills with the active drug. Please help me here my doctor isn’t believing me and I swear on my kids and grandkids lives that I’m taking them as perscribed.

5:26 am September 16th, 2015

I got of dilaudidbabout 2weeks ago when I got a shot in the arm u was really sick l could not eat and was throwing up and it leaves and come back I am still having the simptom from the medicine so what she’ll ido never been this way

5:33 am September 16th, 2015

How can I get help I’m tired of feeling this way

7:47 pm October 11th, 2015

I have been taking opiates for at least ten years for chronic lower back pain and an inoperable neck disk issue. Pain is brutal in the mornings and usually becomes tolerable as the day goes on. However, until recently I was taking 8mg. Dilaudids @ 3 per day (at least) so I wasn’t sure how the pain would be without them. I’m at day 9 of cold turkey today and find that there isn’t much difference in the pain. The dope was mostly cheering me up, to some degree motivating me and screwing with my mind/pain receptors.
Here are a few facts to consider. Any decent Dr. will tell you (or should at least be aware) that opiates are so addictive that you will tell yourself, and anyone else that’ll listen that you are in extreme pain…even when you aren’t. That’s so you can get more, believe that you are a victim and continue to stay (pleasantly) whacked. No offense to anyone intended by that, I did it for years.

When you stop it will be very unpleasant. I would compare the experience to (as have others here) going to Hell, meeting the Devil and cage fighting him for a week or so. The physical aspects are bad. They are NOT as many pushers (Dr.’s) will tell you similar to “mild flu like symptoms. They say this to avoid the guilt they should accept.

First, there is a saying amongst we users who know….”The same or more”. I did wean for about a month. Dropped from 3 or more (8mg. Dillys often snorted) down to one for a couple days then went Cold Turkey. I learned (and heard from others afterwards) that the weaning process may have slightly reduced my WD’s but is also what made me feel so shitty for those weeks.

It’s sort of like this; You have a terribly infected finger and are in the middle of nowhere. You know it has to come off. You could cut at it a bit everyday until the final sever. Or accept that it’s really gonna hurt and just do it all at once. I could have accessed Suboxone or booked back into detox, but I live alone with my dog and she needs me . I would, however, very much recommend either of those options to anyone with access.

In an attempt to impress myself I did this with a full scrip (lots) in my medicine cabinet.
I spent the first week of the worst of it hunkered down in my trailer. Just me and my dog. Here’s what happens (physically). The mice. Yes the “slight muscular spasms” described by Dr.’s is more like having a bunch of mice crawling around just beneath your skin. Other muscular issues include bizarre spasms similar to those experienced by persons with Muscular Dystrophy or? Stomache cramps and extreme runs. Headaches, nausea, zero appetite, needling pains in feet and hands, almost complete inability to sleep, whacky vision, nasal drip, uncontollable sneezing and yawning (both of which can induce another run to the washroom).
The good news. All of these things will, though intensify initially (first couple days or so) begin to get better after about 4 or 5 days. At about day 9 (or 10 ?) today almost all have stopped.

Mentally/psychologically. For the first few days you will be/feel insane. I am now in the “heady mind” part of things. I can feel my mind/brain and sensations all changing. Though more lucid for sure, I am not yet sure what the world will look/be like when the last layers of saran wrap are removed from my senses. I am a dedicated environmentalist/conservationist and animal rights oriented person, so seeing the world with complete clarity may be very disappointing. That said, I was so irritable for the first few days that I yelled at my beloved dog a couple times. Neither of us are used to such and so tip toed along the thin ice as best we could for a few days. Tough call if one would be best off alone or with someone during the first days. Guess it depends.

I told a friend (texted) that I was coming off them and it was bad. I said “I have entered Hell. I have met the Devil. He’s a tough son of a bitch….but not tough enough. I’ve had him in a headlock for days and feel his strength weakening. Fuck him….he’s going down…I will win this”.

I would like to pass this along; If you are on this site then you are probably ready. Do it. Get mad. See it as a fight and find out what you are made of…do not lose….because you CAN win. I was just thinking about those out there about to begin this journey and wish I could reach through this screen and be there. I guess (hopefully) writing this is similar. Do it. Best of luck.

9:36 pm October 13th, 2015

Twice in the last month I have hosted my son and watched him go through hydromorphone withdrawal cold turkey. The first time his prescription was renewable a week after withdrawal began. Watching this and seeing him suffer was absolutely horrible. He filled his prescription and within two weeks was out of his hydromorphone again. Withdrawal AGAIN…….. only this time his 11 year old son was with us as his mother was on holidays and out of town. I do not know what it is to withdraw from drugs personally, but I do know what it is like to watch it and to care for a child who has to be around it. I know one thing. Hydromorphone should not be administered to anyone after they leave the hospital. Tylenol 3 is the strongest thing and it too should not be administered beyond two weeks. If a person is in that much pain that they need those strong drugs then they should be in an institution supervised closely by health care professionals. Just saying.

6:05 pm October 20th, 2015

I was on dilaudid for daily migraines for about 5 months. taking approximately 12/16 mgs daily. I have been off the dilaudid since middle of August. do I need to us subox in to wean of dilaudid. I tried the soboxone for about 7 weeks and had horrendous side effects . sweating, fatigue, breathing problems.. I told my doctor I wanted off of the suboxin which I was only taking 2 milligrams and he told me fine just stop taking it. Today is my first day without the suboxin and I feel great. Is this how I’m always going to feel since I didn’t use the dilaudid to get high. Thank you

5:57 pm October 27th, 2015

My husband was in the hospital 21 days and received dilaudid every 4 hours. He has been home a little over a week now with no dilaudid but a fentynal patch. He is very irritated, nauseated, jerky and sweats a lot. He has discontinued the patch. Could any of these symptoms be from being on the dilaudid or patch. Help!!! He isn’t a drug user and is very frustrated

8:50 pm October 29th, 2015

My doctor had me on Percocet for a while-years-then I read it causes Alzheimers, so I asked her to take me off it and give me something else for my migraines and she gave me 4mg dolotted pills to replace the injections she sometimes has to order(anywhere between 6-10 mg of Dilotted and 50-75 mg of Phenegran injections for the headaches to stop the throwing up) and the pills don’t feel like they help much and I have to take a minimal of two or three pills then wait an hour and possibly take two more with more Advil and Excedrin. Now my body is freaking out doing the chills, sweats, and it’s even harder to sleep when I don’t take this stuff and the headaches are actually worse and come back if I don’t take two pills 12-16 hours after the headache is gone-is this normal and is there anything I can do about it? I feel grouchy and I don’t get why because I don’t see a reason suddenly I just feel grouchy when I don’t take it. Is there an alternative to Dilotted or something that may work better? I have been on so many different things for the headaches and it all comes down to the pain management so I don’t dehydrate myself from the vomiting and end up in the ER or office with an IV(which has happened enough and it always hurts and makes me cold so I would really like to avoid it). I do the essential oils, try the natural things, and should have stock in Advil and Excedrin with how much I buy and take of that stuff… I have tried everything including chinese herbs and accupunture. I need something I can take at home and the dr has given me everything for headaches and says the next step is Demoral and I don’t want that either-they give that to women in labor! I’m scared of what the medications/drugs are doing to my body and I take milk thistle but with the load of meds and the strength of them I’m pretty sure milk thistle can’t hurt but probably needs less abuse!

5:29 pm November 3rd, 2015

I recently had a knee replacement 5 weeks ago. I was prescribed dilaudid and have recently come off it cold turkey. I have felt light headed and a bit unsteady since. I stopped taking three days ago but still am not feeling I am free from the effects.
How long after taking this for 5 weeks does it take to entirely leave my body. I am tired of feeling this way.

6:37 am November 7th, 2015


I have been shooting hydros for around 2 months. I’m using 2mg every 3 hours. For the last 2 days I have had a high fever of 40+. Am I doing through some type of withdrawal ? If I shoot more will the fever and horrid sweating stop ?

Thank you

6:36 pm November 11th, 2015

Patient was given 8mg of IV dilaudid over a 8 hour period. ( 2,2 and 4 mg). Is 4 mg IV under these circumstance too much?

8:24 pm November 11th, 2015

Hello Bill. If the dosage is prescribed by a doctor, than the patient is safe.

3:51 am November 12th, 2015

I have been on dilaudid 8mg once a day for a month Please tell me how I can wean off this drug safely

5:17 am November 16th, 2015

I have been on Dilaudid 4mg for probably on and off 6 years I have many health problems. I just moved and stopped taking the dilaudid today I took 1 300mg nuerontin this moening with breakfast and another one with dinner. My question is will I go through any kind of withdrawals I have chirosis and hepc don’t want to just die?? Thank You Mary

JH von Webber
6:47 am December 1st, 2015

My stepdaughter had her sole kidney — a gift, as a transplant after incurring Wilhelm’s Tumour in both kidneys between ages 18 months and four years old — removed approximately two years ago, when she went into complete end stage renal failure. She became dillaudid a ddicted at that time. She is at the local hospital every Sunday eve; refuses to be med or diet compliant; protests if she’s dialysis more than three times a week; and, is hell bent to live like her other 21 year old friends…its madness. Nothing about her life has been or ever will be like her peers. This issue has caused a horrific reverence in the family. Father has every excuse. It’s cut and dry to me: Let’s face it, deal with it, and move on. I’m ready to just walk. I take care of her under CA IHHS, and were she any other former p as tient of mine, I’d have walked away by now. Love is woven deeply within this mater, however. I know she can overcome this with the appropriate help. And, that’s where I’ve the difficulty. NA in the High Desert,CA is ill equipped to address this issue. Anything you may feasibly suggest would be immensely appreciated and grateful for the hearing. Thank you.

7:40 am December 1st, 2015

I want to stop taking 8mg of dilaudid. Do you think I can do it by tapering? I have chronic back pain which seems to be idiopathic after I know I was injured from a chiropractor. What do you think is the best method, yet to not have to intense pain I suffer from?

1:00 pm December 1st, 2015

Hi Danica. It depends on how long you’ve been on the medication. Usually, long term use, which is about a year of continued use can cause damage the neurotransmitter/receptor sites in the brain and lead to serious withdrawal after cessation. If you’ve only been taking Dilaudid for several weeks or months, then you can expect discomfort but not real withdrawal. You can buy some ibuprofen to help manage the remaining pain while detoxing.

If you do go through a harsh withdrawal, there are a few meds like clonidine, methacarbamol, Librium and some others that will help. BUT, KEEP THIS IN MIND: these medications should not be used any longer than 1-2 weeks!

5:26 pm December 5th, 2015

Ran out of deluding 2 MG. A week from getting new prisctription. What should I expext

6:14 am December 9th, 2015

Hello. I have a question. I started iv’ing my Dilaudid about 3 weeks ago. I stopped 6 days ago and sought help. I have chronic and at times acute pain. That’s why I started iv because more pain relief. I’ve been on pain meds since 2009 with no problems. I’m confident I can resume taking as prescibed so since I will continue with my pain management, I was curious if that span of iv raised levels of Dilaudid in my body. I have appt with pain Dr in a week and do my urine test. I want my levels correct so is 2 weeks enough time to level out? Thank you.

9:21 am December 9th, 2015

I’ve been using Dilaudid For over a year now by injection, sometimes 4mg to 40mg a day. IM 33 weeks pregnant. I have a drug test in 56 hrs it’s a blood test. If I stop 48 hrs before taking the test will I pass it?

6:32 pm December 11th, 2015

Ive been taking hydromorhine for 24hrs and have stopped know..its been 24hrs since my last dose..can i safely have a few beers?

5:20 am December 12th, 2015

I took to 4mg dilaudid an have to take a mouth swap Monday will it be out of my system I took them today around 4 or 5 I’m slowly winging myself off

2:27 am December 14th, 2015

I injured my lower back on 7/2010 and when I went to the doctor and had an MRI a CT done it said that I had 2 herniated discs, Lumber spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease and a couple of other things but I cant remember off the top of my head. I started taking vic’s from the 5/500 to 10/325 then moving to percs 10/325, morphine sulfate, opana, flexeril, and eventually led to taking oxycontin from 20mg and ended up at 80mg 3x daily and Roxicodone 30mg abou 4x daily for the past 6 years. My old pain doctor recently changed my scripts to exalgo er 32mg2x daily and Roxicodone 30mg 4 x daily, although I have read that exalgo (dilaudid er) is stronger than oxycontin it really didn’t feel that way. My pain doc just dropped me like a fly for no apparent reason and now im transitioning to a new pain doc. Well I have still yet to setup a new appt because my new pain doc is still waiting for my med records from old doc to be sent over and I only have a couple of days left of my meds. I am really considering of stop taking my meds all together but im just scared of the w/d I will have. What is the best way to combat the W/D and what can I get from my primary doctor to prescribe me to help with the w/d’s. I am currently on active duty Navy and awaiting for a Medical Review Board to decide my fate in the U.S. Navy. Any advice would be really appreciated but I really want to get off the pain meds to really see how bad my pain is. Ever since ive started taking pain pills it has changed me on who ive become and the person I am today, who I am not happy with. I want my old self back again and my wife and 3 kids deserve to have their father back not this, legal pill head that thinks about nothing but when I will see the doc next and when I can refill my meds. I am ashamed of who ive become and that’s why I am writing on this blog to get some advice on how to deal with this. I apologize if its too long but this the first time I have actually talked about it whether online or to someone else. thank you.

2:57 am December 23rd, 2015

My sisters swears she doesn’t take dilata but when she has a Iruine test hydromorphone is in her system! What other drug can make this positive? She takes levothyroxime could this make a positive test??

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:47 am December 23rd, 2015

Hi, Cindy. I’d suggest you consult with a pharmacist.

1:05 am December 24th, 2015

i am a married mom of two who was injured in a car accident and a few surgeries later I am disabled with chronic back pain. My PM doc is a godsent!!! However, since starting on Exalgo 8 mg x1 a day and Hydromorphone 2 mg q 12 hr. as needed he says my urine drug screens have been negative for opiates. I take them religiously!! I have never run out early, take them by mouth at the same time every day, I don’t abuse them or sell them, I use them the way they are supposed to be used. I even requested a blood test and he said THAT was negative!!! How is this possible?!? I am 35 years old, don’t drink, smoke or use anything illegal, I have a med list that is reminiscent of an 85 year old ( long story) the only one I can think of that would mess with metabolism is 225mcg synthroid I take every night… Help!! Please because he is tapering me off the only medication that allows me to function as mommy to my 3 year old daughter and 12 year old autistic son!!

6:47 pm December 31st, 2015

I was attempting to wean off fentanyl patch being used for for pain control. I am presently 12 hours off parchment and have taken 2 mg dilaudid every 4 hours. Pain is too severe to continue. Hope soon can I safely reapply new patch of 25 mcg?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:49 pm January 1st, 2016

Hi, Elizabeth. Have you asked your doctor about this? If not, I’d suggest you consult with him/her, or ask a pharmacist.

interested me
5:07 am January 6th, 2016

How are these drugs made and who makes them

interested me
5:07 am January 6th, 2016

Who come up with the reason to make such a drug

4:00 am January 10th, 2016

i was on dilaudid after a serious surgery. I have been terribly sick since I arrived home after a week in the hospital with it. Do you think it is withdrawal or should I get checked. I’ve been vomiting and diahrea and chills and sweats. Please tell me how long it will last. Thank you! I am approaching home day 4. Can’t eat a thing.

4:18 am January 14th, 2016

My mother has been taking dilaudid for years and is nauseous all the time now. Can the dilaudid be the cause of her nauseousness. Also. How would she be medically weaned off it….. Chantell

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:40 pm January 14th, 2016

Hi, Chantell. Dilaudid may cause nausea as a side effect. If your mother wants to wean off the medication, I suggest her consult a doctor to help her plan an individualized tapering schedule just for her. Good luck!

J samuels
1:36 am January 24th, 2016

I took dilaudid today and have a drug test Monday, what do I do now?

3:03 am February 7th, 2016

Had spinal fusion on 2/2. Hospital administered 1 or 2 2 mg. hydromorphone generally every 3-6 hours thru 2/5. My last hydromorphone was 28 hours ago. Would like to know if it would be safe for me to switch to 5/325 hydrocodone/acetaminophen for pain control. Am not aware of any dependence or withdrawal symptoms at this time. Thank you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:15 am February 10th, 2016

Hi, Jim. I suggest you consult with your doctor or a pharmacist. They should know your medical history, and how to address your pain issues.

3:45 am February 7th, 2016

I broke my knee 6 weeks ago was offered 4 milligrams of the dilaudid four times a day and four times a night. I took one in the morning and one before bed I was transferred to a physical rehab center they did not have any dilaudid but offered me motrin instead in about 3 hours I was climbing the walls with one leg I could not hold on to a thought I felt like their where bugs all over me feelings of dread I could not get comfortable it’s been two and a half days now cold turkey how long experience these horrible side effects? how long until I feel like me again? is there something I can do to get relief of this cuz I’m going crazy . please please if you can help me please contact me I can’t sleep I’m throwing up my whole body is tingling when I lay down I want to sit up when I sit up I want to lay down I’m hot I’m cold I’m disoriented confused bewildered
I can’t keep a thought in my head if my son was not here to help me I would have killed myself please I need help someone anyone who reads this please help me how long will the side effects last . I was on that regiment for 5 weeks I would not wish this upon any of my enemies thank you for your very fast response you may have saved my life

4:02 am February 12th, 2016

I’m having chronic pain in upper back been on dilaudids 4 than 2 for 8 or 9 years. I have chirosis and hepc I’m going to get treatment for hep c in about 6 more weeks I’m hoping and praying my insurance will approve it.. My question is how do I get off these dilaudids Doctor is not concerned about the years my liver or hep c he is my primary Dr real nice guy huh. Don’t know where to turn to get off of these tried 400 mg motrin no dilaudid and was up for a week it was like I did cocaine so stopped motrin back to dilaudids I need help and some suggestions please I want to live. Thank You Mary

6:11 pm February 14th, 2016

Almost 6 years to the date of overcoming a life threatening addiction to opiates I broke my right leg in two places and my ankle. I underwent two surgeries and as a result I have a rod and several (8) screws between my knee and toes. I am prescribed Dilaudid. At first, Nov. 26,2015, I was allowed 18- 2mg. Pills a day and to my great surprise, it worked for my pain like a dream! Nice but concerning because my addiction took a serious toll on my life. Of course this is constantly on my mind. I was very honest about this with my surgeon. At that time I was put on a weaning contract. However, now that I’m nearing the end, presently I’m allowed 7 pills a day. With the time that has past (3 months) my ankle is extremely stiff and the Dr. Has ordered me to physical thearopy. This has been INCREDIBLY painful. I started stock piling my pills for thearopy days! Now I’m not taking them as prescribed AT ALL!! which is the only way I have been able to sort of, allow myself?? to take them. If that seems silly to some folks, that’s OK. To them I say “Walk a mile in my shoes, my dear.” You see, I do believe children learn what they live and I have been blessed with three beautiful children. To my great dispare, my oldest son lost his battle with addiction on July 15, 2014. I fear I am already introuble

8:17 pm March 2nd, 2016

I have a question!

I suffer from chronic back pain. Slipped discs and damage to my siatic nerve.

My doctor gave me 300 Percocet per month, but I found that they didn’t help the way I needed. He then switched me to 30ml Morphine (little purple pill) which were not helpful at all.

A friend of mine is going through something similar and has told me to ask the doctor for 4ml or 8ml of Dilaudid.

My question is, Do you think this will be helpful for me at all? After trying the 30ml of Morphine and getting no real pain relief at all.

What is the difference between Morphone and Dilaudid? Or are they the same thing?

I am desperate to try anything that will help. I need something fast acting as I have small children to chase after and can’t sit around too long waiting for something to kick in so that I can finally get on with daily life.

Any advice, suggestions and information would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much! xo

5:44 pm March 3rd, 2016

in a urine test does it show if you have taken a hydromorphine 4mg tablet and a 8mg tablet?

10:41 pm March 5th, 2016

small bowel obstruction. alot of IV dilladid, long time in hospital, not fed most time in, dosage doubled after surgery.. I have questions…

9:30 pm March 18th, 2016

I have been taking hydromorphone 4 my every 4 hours for greater than a year and had my 1st seizure a few weeks ago. Hospitalized x4 days. No cardiac or neurologic etiology found. EEG, cardiac echo, head CT and MRI all negative. I had ruptured 2 discs and fractured Lumbar -3 while making a house call in Alaska…the wind blew my legs out from under me. I have had an extensive
work up at a “Spine Institute” and multiple injections-which failed. Question: Am I less apt to have seizures switching to Fentynal ? I tried it before, but it caused increased sweating.

3:09 am March 26th, 2016

Will 24 mg of dilaudid cause you to have withdrawals over a three day period of use?

8:03 pm April 1st, 2016

Hello. I’ve been on high doses of hydromorphone for 5 years now from a neck injury. I want to get off this opioid and want a better life for myself. Is it ok if I slowly take myself off them and if so what can I expect and the duration of withdrawals?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:43 pm April 6th, 2016

Hi Allan. I suggest you speak with your doctor who can help you create an individualized tapering schedule. Also, talk with a pharmacist to recommend some home remedies, teas and over-the-counter medication to ease withdrawal.

8:58 pm April 6th, 2016

I am on 4mg of dillaudid 6 times per day and wish to stop try getting off of it altogether. I am a. Legitimate pain patient that has quit driving and getting to my pain clinic has become an insurmountable task. I tried getting off dillaudid once but had hallucinations and I wish to avoid those at all cost. I have never used illicit or illegal drugs. I am 65 years old, 5’10”, 240#. I have requested guidance from my physician but would like a second opinion from you.
Please advise. rb

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:15 pm April 7th, 2016

Hi Roger. I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, consult with a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter aid, teas and home remedies to ease withdrawal symptoms.

9:17 pm April 8th, 2016

Suffered femur break Feb 2014 & given intravenous Dilaudid for first time. When can I expect the mental fog to lift? It’s been more than 2 years. Thankful I finally realized how out of touch I was those first 2 years. Wish I’d known & could’ve protected myself. The results of impaired cognitions have destroyed my life & those depending on me.

5:39 pm April 9th, 2016

I had knee surgery yesterday. Before I left, they gave me dilaudid. I have been itching ever since, particularly met face and head. Can you tell me how long this itching will last? I only had the one dose! Thank you!

11:49 pm April 10th, 2016

I am taking dilaudid 18 mg per day but have run out of pills and cannot get to the doctor until tomorrow. Can I take Tramadol 37.5 mg to ease the pain until I can get more dilaudid?

3:44 am April 11th, 2016

I have arthritis at 59 years old and I’m on 6mg x2 a day long acting hydromorophone plus 1mg fast acting when needed for pain. I’d rather suffer and get off this stuff I’m a type 1 diabetic also. I’m afraid even being on such a low dose for a year now because of withdrawals the sweats and sick to my stomach. I am being monitored by my doctor what is the best way from here to come off these things.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:26 pm April 12th, 2016

Hi Bob. Experts claim that gradually lowering the drug dosage is a safer way to quit. So, I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

7:04 pm April 14th, 2016

I’ve been on opiate maintenence (beupenorphine) for about 5 years. I recently had surgery and am taking dilaudid for pain. I’ve been tapering and am down to 2mg every 4 hours of the dilaudid. I want to get back on the beupenorphine and can’t remember how long my doctor told me to wait after my last dose of dilaudid before I can take the beupenorphine again? Withdrawals are terrible but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get back on maintenence?

9:50 pm May 2nd, 2016

I was clean for 30 days I used one 8 on Friday and one on sunday i have test for probation on Wednesday will I pass my drug screen

6:49 am May 12th, 2016

i was given a dose of dilaudid at the emergency building i went to. if you havent been on strong drugs like this and dont know what to expect.. is chest pains normal or should i go to the ER. im kind of scared to fall asleep because i read your breathing can slow down. and if i only take the one pill one time will i still get withdrawal symptoms? please help me figure out if im ok to fall asleep.

4:01 am May 15th, 2016

I am a back injury patient, since I was put on prednisone 5mg 2 times a day a year ago I am doing ok with bone density and blood tests. I have been talking to my GP and he says the 8 to 10 years I have been on Deauded 4 mg am 4 mg pm methadone 10 mg 2 to 3 times a day isn’t even helping anymore, when I cut back it actually seems to hurt less? I noticed I was starting to take more and more even if it just hurt a little so I want to taper off completely . Please send me the time frame and how I should drop it.. I can cut in half and I do have diazapn if needed?

3:57 pm May 23rd, 2016

I’ve been taking dilaudid (2mg three times a day) since 2009 for a pain issue with my upper body.
However, I find it’s not really making a difference so I want to stop it.What would be the suggested procedure for doing so.

Thank you very much.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:18 pm May 26th, 2016

Hi Tom. I suggest you speak with a doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

1:56 pm May 24th, 2016

I am trying to quit dilaudid, actually, I WILL! Stop taking it, and soon, it’s slowly killing my mariage and family and me, ofcourse.
My question is, wath’s the best way to do this at home wile I am still, working, studying, raising my kids and being a good husband.
I was taking between 8mg and 12mg every 3 hours, intravenous, managed to tapper down to 6mg a day, (3 X 2mg) (2mg morning, 2mg noon, 2mg nite)
Wath’s the best way and how long ,approximately, you think it will take?

2:34 am July 28th, 2016

I have a bit of a unique situation. I have short bowel syndrome. I have no large intestine or colon and only a few centimeters of small intestines. So my absorption of food, drink and meds is greatly impacted by this. Since it is rare (my GI doc has been practicing for 30 years and has only had two patients with this condition. I have to go for IV hydration several times each week since I lose so much fluid without having a colon/large intestines to absorb fluids. I have up to 20 bowel movements each day. I also suffer from chronic pain. The doctor who writes the order for my hydration also allows zofran for nausea and 2 milligrams of dilaudid IV up to three times during my infusion. (I usually only need a total of 4 milligrams). I always ask that the dilaudid be diluted with saline and pushed slowly because I don’t like the feeling in my head when it gets pushed too fast (whenever I’m in hospital, the nurses are always in such a rush, they slam it in and I feel really high but I’m looking for pain relief, not to get high!). It should be protocol for this IV med to be injected very slowly to help eliminate that euphoric feeling. I’ve been to ER before and get the feeling of being treated like a drug seeker until they read my medical history in their computer. Then, the docs give me anything I ask for and everyone changes their attitudes.
I also have pain management doc–the doc I saw for 15 years suddenly left practice so over the last 3 months, I’ve seen three diff docs until a new permanent doc takes over. I’m also on a fentanyl patch, 75 , and I find that when I get hot it releases much quicker and I hate the unpredictability of that. I will ask if they can lower that for me. I also take oxycodone for breakthrough pain (10 mg , 3 times a day as needed) My illness causes extreme nausea and loss of appetite. When I’ve smoked marijuana, my symptoms improve significantly–I can eat, I gain weight and I need less prescribed opiates. But it’s not legal for medicinal use in my state so I’m afraid to smoke anymore because this new doc may test me for it. My last doc that I had for so long didn’t test my urine except for one time. She understood that with my short gut and rapid transit of oral meds, they would likely not show in my urine or would be below the cut off limits on the tests. We also had a great relationship of trust and mutual respect. I’m afraid the new doc won’t understand or take the time to understand short bowel syndrome (I also have Crohns) i do not abuse my meds but I am certainly have a tolerance to them. I do wish medicinal marijuana would be legalized soon so I would have that as an option. At one time, I was prescribed marinol (a synthetic cannibinoid usually prescribed to cancer patients for nausea and appetite stimulation. It helped a lot and allowed me to wean off of the IV nutritional feedings I had been on for two years.(12 hours a day!!) But that doc left practice and none of my other docs are “comfortable ” prescribing it! Obviously they are uneducated on it because it has no THC so it doesn’t make you high. But they’re ok with me taking all the other narcotics!!! I’d find a doc better versed in short bowel but they are few and far between and I’d have to travel 300 miles to a teaching hospital.
I often feel so hopeless because I know I will never get better from this. My only hope may be an intestinal transplant and that scares the heck out of me. I’m only 44!! I have a good attitude and do the best I can with the cards I’ve been dealt. It just gets so frustrating.
I feel for all patients in true chronic pain. My husband even went to school and became a clinical hypnotherapist to help me with my pain and anxiety. This has been a great addition to my treatment plan. All I can say is I do the best I can to wake each day with the intention of making it the best I can. And, in spite of it all, I am grateful.

2:34 am August 2nd, 2016

I have detoxes from dilaudid and have not had a pill for over a month. I am having a very bad back pain episode. Is it safe to take one 8mg pill to get me through this night without waking up the addiction?

2:11 pm August 2nd, 2016

I had surgery and have been on hydromorphone for 4 weeks. I’ve just stopped. I feel terrible. Sweaty,jittery etc.
How long will it take to leave my system and start feeling normal again?
Please help

4:55 am August 4th, 2016

I have been tapering off Dilaudid, 6 mg per day from 27 mg per day over the last 4 weeks. I have stopped taking it for the last 48 hours. I have another 16 hours to go.. The doctor is transferring me to Suboxone. It’s for chronic pain. I am ready to kill myself! Please help.. I don’t know if my urine will show no dilaudid after this amount of time?

4:18 am August 7th, 2016

My Dr moved on 2 mg 2 times a day Ativan 3 to sleep Drs told me to just stop using it no withdraw at all I’m scared lot’s of health problems afraid I’m going to die have 2 weeks left don’t know what to do????

2:55 am August 9th, 2016

I’ve been taking 1-2 norco 5-325 pretty much everyday for about 4 months now due to large ovarian cysts, endometriosis and adanonmyosis. On bad days I take up to 4. My doctor hates prescribing these meds and tells me so every time she refills them. This last month she only prescribed 20 pills. I’m having surgery in 2 days and don’t have any pills but am in a lot of pain and of course my doctor isn’t responding to my calls or emails. Ihave a couple 4mg hydromorphone leftover from a previous injury/surgery, but when I researched it everything I’ve read says not to take it before surgery. I’m afraid to take it but am also afraid not too as I’ve had some withdrawal symptoms which I can handle but don’t know how withdrawals will affect surgery either…. some advice would be great. Thank you.

7:36 pm August 16th, 2016

Hi, I’ve had a complete knee replacement 2 months ago. My highest doses of Dilaudid were 16 2mg tabs per day. Since then, I have weaned myself down to just TWO pills per day. However, I still feel the effects of withdrawal. How can this be? At night I get irritable and can’t sleep, I get the itchy blood feeling and other side effects. How do I get off this crap?

10:36 am October 12th, 2016

How long does the side effects of Dilaudid last my head had been hurting/dizzy since they put it in the IV

2:12 am October 24th, 2016

I have been abusing opiates intravenously for past 5 yrs. I have come to point with this addiction where death looks better to me than another day of this. I have no insurance therefore no one wants to help. I am desperate to change my life.

6:04 pm October 26th, 2016

l have been on hydromorphone for 3 months , l take 3mg extened release twice daily and 2mg 3 mg daily , l don’t want to take this drug at all , how do l stop ??? please help , l was given this for a very bad surgery and many complications , but l really would just like to not be on opiods

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:33 pm November 4th, 2016

Hi Janet. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

2:45 pm November 1st, 2016

I go to pain management and this last time I went the Dr said your Dilaudid levels are high and I was like what I also take morphine and that was ok I just had the sleeve surgery done and I suffer bad neck and migraines bad and some times I take more of the Dilaudid but I take more morphine and that did not come up do you know why it can you help me because I was like mmmm I don’t take anything else And he made it sound like I was abusing the Meds but they new I was going to them so that I didn’t have to keep going to the hospital! So I don’t get it I never had this problem till I did the sleeve surgery thank you and hope to hear from you

Unhappy antisocialist
7:10 am November 2nd, 2016

I have a question I have been on 8mg hydromophone 4xs a day for about 3 years as well as 10mg flexeral a fentanyl patch and was cut from 10mg bacolfin 4xs a day to 1x at night. I have severe Cerebral Palsy 2 dics out of place and 1 in the middle pushing in and 7 spurs in the back of my neck causing severe headaches starting at the back of my neck. I recently had surgery on my foot where 5 toes were broken and my heel because I have also degenerative bone disease. I’m under 1 drs care except for my foot surgeon. He gave me 10 mg hydrocodone to rotate and I’ve always followed my drs orders to a T. I took my last hydrocodone tonight. I’m just wondering how long the hydrocodone will take to get completely out of my system? I hate medication of any type!

11:33 pm November 4th, 2016

Good Afternoon

I’ve been on this awful hydromorphone for 3 months appoximetly , l take 3 mg extended release twice daily and 2 mg 4 times daily as breakthrough . l have cancer and thus the reason for the medication …l do not want to take this anymore , could you please tell me how to get of it ..

Sincerly Jenny

8:37 pm December 11th, 2016

hi I got hooked on hydromorphone years back after 2 operations and I tried to quit but got many bad side affects I would really appreciate some information trying to get off them and my dr retired and I’m not sure who to ask for help thank you sincerely Lloyd

12:28 am December 16th, 2016

After surgery a year ago and while in the hospital a week, I got hooked on dilaudid. Last November will make a full year that I have had access to them, I was snorting 8-12mg a day because orally no longer did anything for me. Approx 2 weeks ago I was sitting at home alone and wondered what am I doing to myself. I decided to stop. So I got another Rx of Narco 10mg and upon waking up one morning started taking them 2-3 a day. After a week I started breaking them in half and done that for about 3-4 days taking a half 3x a day. I woke up the next morning after that and just stopped taking everything. The first couple days you’ll want to be left alone, sleep as much as you can, treat it like a really bad flu, even using some over the counter cold medicine to help you sleep. Make sure you have some Imodium AD, take that as directed. Drink plenty of water, switch it up with some broths. By day 4 you’ll start to feel better, but don’t push yourself, try to relax as much as you can with hot showers, keep your mind occupied, read a book, do some puzzles etc. Every day after day 7 will get better and better. The issue is you will always have that “twinge” of a craving, you just can not give in. I may as well as most addicts have that for the rest of my life. By 2 weeks your brain will start to produce dopamine at natural levels again and the longer you stay off the opiates the more stable that will become, eventually you will be happy again and find joy in life. You have to want to quit, you have to be tough about quitting and you must have the willpower to push through it and not just give up by saying “I can’t stand the WD” none of us can stand the WD. Opiates are bad news, doesn’t fix the pain just helps you live with the pain by reprogramming your brain. I pray I will never need to have them again because this is the last time I’ll ever deal with WD again. I am over the hump now and hope all of you can do it too.

6:09 pm December 25th, 2016

I’ve been taking 4mg f dilaudid got 2yrs. It relieves my pain but I never feel euphoric or high. How can I stop this in a safe way and go to another drug. My back surgery did not help & I’ve tried all other injections, epidurals,etc. I don’t have ins & make $836/mo. Can you suggest any help for me? Thank you.

6:52 pm March 1st, 2017

How long do i have to wait until i can take a suboxone after doing a Dilaudid

1:30 am March 2nd, 2017

What can I do to help get off these pill hydro morphine 4mgs and Percocets my body hurts I was taking them for my Neck pain is there anything I can take to make the withdraw not so bad thank u

11:52 am March 3rd, 2017

Hi there, i’m a 25 years old man in good overall health and physically fit. My comment/question is about dilaudid. I have been prescribed dilaudid 1 mg 1 or 2 times every 4 hours for 2 herniated disk and intense abdominal pain. So i took them for a few days without any issue but since yesterday i have great chest pain. At first i tought the pain was in my head and than it began to get worse so i had to stop the medication. I have to say that in the past i had to issue with chest pain and did all test needed, everything showed to be fine. Now im wondering, could that mean i have a certain heart weakness ? With all my research the thing that look the more related to my situation is unstable angina. The chest pain had never came with physical activity but always at random rest moments.

11:46 pm March 12th, 2017

I was in the ER 2 days ago. They gave me dilaudid in my IV. I’ve been sleeping ever since. I’m also disoriented and have blurry vision. How long is this suppose to last?

5:07 pm April 30th, 2017

My aunt of 90 years old, was prescribed Hydrmorphone 3/day and pregabalin 3/day to treat her low back pain. She continually show signs of severe weakness, confusion and hallucinations. Would it be advisable to stop the hydromorphone totally and treat only with pregabalin?
She also takes Sertraline and losartan.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:16 pm May 2nd, 2017

Hi Ignacio. I suggest that you consult with your aunt’s doctors before making changes in her medications.

2:55 am May 1st, 2017

I get a urine test every 4 weeks at my doctor, I take my medicine as directed. I also take other medication also, the last few times there was no trace of dilaudid in my urine! Can you tell me what other medication that could possibly by blocking it?? I have severe back and neck pain and need my medicine to help control the pain. Thank you for your time.

11:05 pm May 11th, 2017

Hi, my name is Tina. I have been taking Hydromorphone now for at least 10 yrs,4mg dose. Once a day usually. I have stenosis of the spine, in severe form, also I have scoleiosis, and degenerative disk disease. I recently have been trying to get off it completely but the pain,fatigue,soreness,sweats, i go for 4-5 days without but then give in because I cant take it no more. Another important factor is I am a previous addict, cocaine,crack. I have been clean now for 7 yrs!! I know I can do this but I cannot do it alone. Thank you for your time and this site.

4:52 am May 25th, 2017

I am having a flare up of stomach pain which comes and goes very irregularly, sometimes every couple days and other times not for months. Last episode was in mid December. This came on suddenly while out to dinner with friends. I came home and took the oral mess that the emergency room doctors told me to try next time before things got so painful that I had to go to the emergency room. This is a 2 mg tablet of hydromorphone, 1 mg of lorazepam and 10 mg of metoclorapramide. My question is whether I should take this dosage again if I vomited 20-15 mins after ingesting? I did not see any pills in the vomit but I wasn’t looking for them. I did have 2 glasses of wine with dinner. I really don’t want to end up in the er but I also don’t want to do anything stupid. Thanks for any info you can share

6:46 am May 29th, 2017


1:29 am May 30th, 2017

I am a chronic patient and have been bedridden for off and on for about four years and my doctor just started me taking Dilaudid about 3 days ago after taking Oxycodone 20 mg for quite some time because I hrad built up such a tolerance to the oxycodone that it was not working any longer I have noticed that I’m having some trouble sleeping will that subside and hopefully go away in a few days after using appreciate your answer

6:44 am June 29th, 2017

I really need help I have been on Dilaudid for over 3 years I went off for 7 months and was put on suboxone but it didn’t deal with my pain just the withdraw and the doc made me wait 3 days of hell to be put on the suboxone I hate that crap but for some reason I had no withdraw from suboxone at all I was scared of it because I was told its worse to come off of than Heroin or other drugs but I had nothing. Coming off of the Dilaudid was bad I had my family take my weapons because I wanted to eat a bullet its was that bad now my pain mgt kicked me out they are under indement by the US Attorney for Medicare kickbacks and my Doc left so he wouldnt get cought up in it,,, so after he left I was told I was no longer a PT and blackballed NO one will touch me now and I dont want to be on Herion but I dont want to go through that hell again either

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:36 am June 30th, 2017

Hi Chris. Did you ask for a second opinion from another doctor? If you need any help with quitting opioids, first download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ here: Then, call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

12:49 am July 22nd, 2017

I have taken Dilaudid since mt 6/13 bilateral knee replacement surgery. I took 2mg every three hours most of the time. After 4 weeks I tried weaning to one pill but flared badly. Then I started taking them at 4 hour intervals for a few days. Now I am taking only one pill at 4+ hour intervals. I was nauseus at first and had infrequent stabbing pains but that has improved in the past 24 hours. I had my last single pill at midnight 7/20 and have tolerated pain taking nothing but one 325 Aspirin at noon. How long will it take for me to be safe to drive if I take no more Dilaudid? How long after taking Asperin 325m am I safe to resume taking 500mg Naproxen Sodium ?

10:09 am July 29th, 2017

Hi ive been in the hospital for a month exactly due to an infection in my blood that caused osteo milites and a real bad ulcer on my right foot had several surgeries on it and waS given 1.5 mg of iv dilauded every 3 hours with 20 mg oxycontin every 6 for breakthrough pain I have a history of heroin use but havent used it in the last 45 days due to being in and out of the hospital for the same problem. I was just discharged last night with a script of #30 oxycontin 20mg er. My question is if I continue taking the oxycontin like ive been taking it will I feel withdrawals from all of a sudden not having the dilauded every 3 hours like I wAs in the hospital or will the oxy stop withdrawal symptoms because it’s an opiate? And also what can I do once my script finishes so that I dont have nasty withdrawals? Is there a doctor I can go to and tell my situation so that he can ween me off? PleAse help dont want to stArt using heroin again im 23 yo with diabetes and want to live a healthy life please somone help please!!

11:32 pm August 8th, 2017

I have a couple of questions I am a chronic pain patient I have broken screws in low spine n also have been hit by a tractor trailer on the interstate at high rate of speed n I am currently on high doses of oxyconton n oxycodone n my Dr is going to be changing my oxyconton to hydromorphone n I would like to know what to expect n how much of a difference it’s going to make I have been on high doses of oxyconton n oxycodone for 14 year’s now n I still don’t get a whole lot of relief my whole body is a mess n I am hoping the change will b good for me n I am hoping that I can b on lower amounts for better relief do you have any suggestions anything would help me thank you

1:08 pm August 16th, 2017

I took a hydromorphone yesterday and may possibly getting urine tested in 2 days will i piss dirty?

7:34 pm October 15th, 2017

If I take morphine sulfate and hydromorphine can a urine test show both. How long til they are out of your system

12:03 am October 16th, 2017

I took my last hydromorphone last night (sat) 4 mg. Legit prescription. I have a drug test for a job on Tuesday. Since it is from a legit script, will I have a problem. I understand the Mro has to report negative because of a valid script which I can supply

3:15 am October 30th, 2017

I have had 5 lower back surgeries in 19-20 yrs, I have been on anything and Everything for many ,too many years with Chronic pain. I like many people have a high tolerance of course.i also have had Severe Acid reflex,and Finally they said Nexium is not good🙂I’m also taking Hydrocodien 10-325 8mg on Di lauded Nd Soma!! IKNOW WOW,, IVE HAD LOWER abdominal pain. YES I’m a Mess!! I know I’m So tired of going too the Dr,s they thought I should tapper off all meds. I fill like I’m Dieing inside at times,Docter has blood work once in awhile. All this and Dealing with Depression too,I sometimes think I’d be better Gone. But can’t do that ,My Uncle did that and his back and life was not going GOOD. TELL ME THIS ,WOULD YOU GET INTO A Rehab? COST$$ O DR,PHILL TAKE MY LIFE . 59 OF AGE ,WHAT TOO DO🤔

7:24 pm October 31st, 2017

I would like to know if dalada would be good for me to change over from oxycodone n oxyconton I have been taking high doses of both for many years now Dr is trying to cut me way down on them n I am having lots of problems with the decrease n I was wondering if I could change over on them at a lower dose n get the same effect of not being in so much pain n suffering I was thinking of changing to 2 8 mg long acting n 2 to 3 2mg cause I have been taking oxyconton 80mg three xs a day n 6-7 oxycodone per day would I get the same benefits n would it help me out better by changing over I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me n let me know if that is ok n a good way to go n thank you very much for your help

9:49 pm February 1st, 2018

How long after being on Hydromorphone 2 mg. can I start Hydrocodone 7.5 325 mg

7:03 pm March 29th, 2018

I am having an issue that I need help with. Hoping someone there can answer for me. I take Dilaudid 4x a day. 4 mg. In the past when doing drug screens for my different docs they have always came up positive, which that is what they want so they can see I am taking my meds. I started seeing a new doc about 5 weeks ago. The first test with me that I did came back negative!!! And I honestly take my drugs as I am suppose to. One at 8:30 am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm, and 8:30pm. When I took my first test with him, the one that came back negative I had only take 2mg at 8:30pm and none in the morning before going to see him because I needed to fill my script and I took the test around 11am. Like I said it came back neg. Now he is suspicious that I am selling them or something. So over the last few weeks he has has me do more tests. They came back positive as I had been able to take my morning dose before going to see him. Now again yesterday, it happened again. Had only taken 2 mg the night before and had taken none in the morning cuz I had to go and get the new script and he had me pee at about 11:30 am and it came back negative. Again he thinks I am not taking my pills like I am suppose to. He is telling me there still should be some metabolites in my urine and it should show up positive. He said if this happens once more time he will fire me. I am taking my damn pills like I am suppose to. What could be happening?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:51 am March 30th, 2018

Hi Dawn. Do you take any other medications that may cause interaction with Dilaudid? Sometimes water pills, or drinking too many fluids before taking a urine drug test can reduce the final concentration of a prescription medication or its metabolites per milliliter. If you like to learn more on what cause false negative, download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Drug Testing’:

8:19 pm April 18th, 2018

I had a question about dilaudid levels in the body. So my mother has a terminal illness and is on this medication with a sub q administration. I want to know what to expect when taking the medication… the time it takes for your body to absorb… the time it takes to peak that in the body dilaudid level (whats the magnitude) and then how long does it take for 90% of that initial does to leave the body. Thank you very much

8:50 pm June 8th, 2018

If I took a dalada today and I’m taking a lab test, How long will it take for a dalada to get out of my system?

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