The Dangers of Dilaudid Abuse
Currently categorized as a Schedule II narcotic, Dilaudid can cause side effects with increased mortality rates such as respiratory and circulatory depression, shock, and cardiac arrest. Dilaudid addiction also suppresses the cough reflex, so patients who overdose can suffocate while unconscious. It should never be mixed with any other depressant, including alcohol, as this can cause respiratory arrest and lead to heart failure and death.
Withdrawing from Dilaudid is similar to withdrawing from Oxycodone or Vicodin, but depends on the length of use and amount taken. Due to Dilaudid’s short length of action, withdrawal from it is usually brief but intense. Some people have a less severe set of withdrawal symptom if usage was minimal and the drug was never injected.
If you or someone you know are addicted to or abusing Dilaudid, it is critical to get medical treatment or to go to a residential treatment program for addiction.