Hydromorphone Withdrawal


What is Hydromorphone?

Hydromorphone, also commonly known as dilaudid, is an opioid medication used to treat severe pain. It is a semi- synthetic opioid that is derived from morphine, however it is 2-8x more potent than morphine. It has higher addictive potential because of its shorter duration to onset and causes greater sedation. It is used to treat pain that is not controlled by other opiate medications.  


 How Long Does Hydromorphone Withdrawal Last?

The onset of withdrawal symptoms roughly starts about four to eight hours after last use. Symptoms typically intensify and peak at one to two days. After three days the symptoms should start to subside and are generally resolved after the first week.

The Family MD Specializes in Hydromorphone Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment

We offer Medication- assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) to help patients overcome hydromorphone addiction and withdrawal. Get started today by scheduling a virtual visit with one of our board- certified doctors. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on lunch break, we’ve got you covered and are here to make recovery easy. Click here to schedule now.  



How it works

It is important to first stop all hydromorphone use. You must wait until you have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms (generally 12- 72 hours) before taking your first dose of Suboxone. If it is taken too early, it can force you into precipitated withdrawal, which is both very uncomfortable and may be dangerous. Continue as directed by your doctor and that’s it. Generally 95% of our patient’s do not have any withdrawal symptoms after the first 5-7 days of starting Suboxone. You may also request additional medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms so that you can continue with your day to day activities (work, school, etc) without skipping a beat .