It is important to be open and honest with your doctor in order to help them make the safest, most effective choice for your care. Review your complete medical history with your doctor, including prescriptions, non-prescriptions, vitamins, supplements and alcohol consumption habits. This information will determine whether hydromorphone hydrochloride is the right medication for your treatment plan.

Do not drink alcohol or consume any products that contain alcohol while receiving hydromorphone hydrochloride treatment, in a hospital setting or otherwise.

Mixing alcohol and hydromorphone hydrochloride can lead to uncomfortable side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, and judgment impairment. There is also a chance of serious side effects, such as low blood pressure, respiratory distress, fainting, coma, and death.

Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Mixing It with Alcohol
Hydromorphone hydrochloride is an opioid analgesic, which is recommended to change the way your body experiences pain. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain and is not available for treatment on an as-needed basis. Hydromorphone hydrochloride works by affecting receptors in the central nervous system, changing the way you perceive pain. Hydromorphone hydrochloride is derived from morphine, but is more soluble. It is usually administered in a hospital setting, but can also be available in sublingual tablets.

As with any other prescription drug, hydromorphone hydrochloride carries a risk of side effects. These side effects can include:

    1. Nausea
    2. Vomiting
    3. Constipation
    4. Lightheadedness
    5. Dizziness
    6. Drowsiness
    7. Sweating
    8. Flushing
    9. Dry mouth

Serious side effects that can also occur include: mental/mood changes, severe stomach pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. If you experience any side effects, contact your doctor right away, as some may be serious. Your doctor will help you decide if hydromorphone hydrochloride is the right choice for you.

Do not mix alcohol or products containing alcohol with hydromorphone hydrochloride, as there can be serious side effects, as mentioned above.

If you feel you or a loved one is misusing hydromorphone hydrochloride or alcohol, don’t wait to get help.  The Recovery Village has well-trained staff standing by 24/7 that can be reached by calling our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.

Be sure to inform your doctor of your regular alcohol consumption when deciding to begin a hydromorphone hydrochloride treatment plan. This is important information your doctor needs in the decision-making process.

Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Mixing It with Alcohol
It is dangerous to drink alcohol or to ingest any products containing alcohol while undergoing a treatment with hydromorphone hydrochloride. Your doctor will need to know your typical alcohol consumption levels, no matter how small, to ensure your safety.

Side effects from mixing alcohol with hydromorphone hydrochloride can be lethal, so it is essential you do not mix the two.

If you feel you cannot abstain from alcohol while on this prescription, talk to your doctor about other options to address your pain.

If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse disorder, it’s not too late to get help. Go online to or call 24/7 to our toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about the road to recovery. We can help you overcome your addiction today.

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