Hydromorphone (hye-droe-MOR-fone), Sodium Chloride (SOE-dee-um KLOR-ide)
Treats moderate to severe pain. This medicine is a narcotic analgesic (pain medicine).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to hydromorphone or to related narcotic pain medicine. You should not use hydromorphone if you have lung or breathing problems, or if you have a head injury.
How to Use This Medicine
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- If you receive this medicine through a needle or tube inserted into a vein (an IV injection), this medicine needs to be given slowly, so the needle will remain in place.
- To avoid dizziness from this medicine, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using medicine for diarrhea, or an MAO inhibitor (Nardil®, Parnate®, Eldepryl®).
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, kidney disease, gallbladder disease, inflammatory bowel disease, an enlarged prostate, or trouble going to the bathroom.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Shortness of breath, trouble breathing.
- Severe skin rash, itching, or hives.
- Slow, fast, or uneven heartbeat.
- Trouble going to the bathroom (urinating).
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Drowsiness or confusion.
- Dizziness, headache, or blurred vision.
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite.
- Sweating, or cold, clammy skin.