Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal and Detox
- 1. Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal and Detox
- 2. What Are Common Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Withdrawal Symptoms?
- 3. Managing Withdrawal Symptoms of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
- 4. Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Medications and Detox
- 5. How to Choose a Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Center
Hydromorphone hydrochloride is a full opioid agonist and pain reliever. It’s primarily administered intravenously in hospital settings as a fast-acting painkiller. Hydromorphone’s rapid onset makes it ideal for treating pain associated with traumatic injury.
Hydromorphone is five times more powerful than the compound that it’s derived from – morphine. An extended-release tablet of the drug was available in the US before being withdrawn in 2005 due to reported high rates of misuse and overdose in North America. The potential for hydromorphone overdose increases when combined with alcohol.
Central nervous system depressants should not be mixed with hydromorphone hydrochloride as they may enhance the drug’s depressant effects. Tell your doctor if you take other opioids, sedatives, barbiturates, phenothiazines, chloral hydrate, glutethimide, anesthetics, hypnotics, benzodiazepines, or dimenhydrinate. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) should also be avoided along with first-generation antihistamines, and beta-blockers.
Long-term users tend to experience the most intense withdrawals. In a clinical setting, yawning, dilated pupils, and excessive tear production are telltale signs for diagnosing opioid withdrawal.
Anxiety and restlessness characterize the first few hours of post-acute withdrawal. Symptoms can peak between hours 14 and 48. During this time, the patient may begin to experience muscle aches, profuse sweating, nausea, tremors, and chills. From here on out, symptoms will likely reduce in severity. By the end of the second week, most patients are done experiencing the flu-like symptoms of early withdrawal. It’s common for symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and irritability to persist for several weeks or longer.
Upon completion of inpatient therapy, patients are encouraged to enroll in an outpatient program. For these programs, patients will usually meet three times a week. Participants take part in exercises and get to know a group of people who help keep them accountable for their recovery.
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