Dilaudid vs. Oxycodone: Which is Better for Pain Management?
There are so many prescription painkillers available at this point that it can become confusing and even overwhelming to know the right option for you. The following provides an overview of two commonly prescribed drugs, which are Dilaudid and oxycodone.
- Both Dilaudid and Oxycodone are strong painkillers available only by prescription to treat pain that won’t respond to over the counter pain medicines.
- Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesic that is potent but also has a high abuse potential.
- Dilaudid is hydromorphone hydrochloride, which is closely related in many ways to morphine.
- In general, both oxycodone and Dilaudid can be classified as narcotic analgesics, and they come in varying strengths.
- People with brain disorders like seizures or brain injuries
- Patients with breathing problems like asthma or sleep apnea
- Anyone with mood or mental disorders including depression
- People with kidney or liver disease
- Hydromorphone is actually stronger than morphine, and it’s fast-acting as compared to other pain medicines, so there tends to be a higher potential for abuse than with oxycodone, although both are frequently abused
- Dilaudid tends to have fewer side effects than morphine, such as rashes
- Oxycodone tends to work well for break-through pain or use on an as-needed basis, while the longer lasting versions can provide around-the-clock pain relief
- Oxycodone is also considered stronger than morphine, so this is something it has in common with Dilaudid
- When looking at Dilaudid vs. oxycodone, both can cause constipation, and in some cases, it can be severe
- Dizziness and drowsiness are two common symptoms of both Dilaudid and oxycodone
- Long-term of use of Dilaudid and oxycodone can lead to addiction and dependence