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, Dilaudid (hydromorphone) and oxycodone.
- Both Dilaudid and oxycodone are strong painkillers available by prescription
- They 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 to morphine
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A few things to note about Dilaudid versus oxycodone, and the two drugs in general:
- Hydromorphone is actually stronger than morphine, and it is faster-acting compared to other pain medicines, so there tends to be a higher potential for abuse than with oxycodone
- Dilaudid tends to have fewer physical side effects, such as rashes, than morphine
- Oxycodone tends to work well for breakthrough pain or as-needed, while the longer-lasting versions of the drug can provide around-the-clock pain relief
- When looking at Dilaudid versus 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
Finally, with both Dilaudid and oxycodone, the person using the drug will most likely need to be weaned off slowly if they’ve used it for more than two weeks. Doing so can avoid withdrawal symptoms.