Dilaudid, the trade name for hydromorphone, is a strong analgesic drug of the opiate class. It was first synthesized in Germany in 1924 and introduced to the market in 1926. Dilaudid is usually prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain as an alternative to morphine as well as other medical uses. Amongst recreational users Dilaudid is also known as dust, juice, smack, D and other names. Street value of Dilaudid varies depending on where and who bought from, on average $5 per milligram but a lot cheaper in a pharmacy with prescription.
In the United States Dilaudid is allowed with a prescription. For recreational use the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classed Dilaudid as a Schedule II substance. This means that for a first offence being caught trafficking one can face up to 20 years imprisonment and or a fine of up to $1 million.
What is Dilaudid?
Dilaudid is hydromorphone hydrochloride, a hydrogenated ketone of morphine. It comes in normally tablet/capsule form which recreational users sometimes crush and snort. It also comes in the form of a liquid to be taken orally. Sometimes it may also found in a form to be taken by intravenous injection.Dilaudid has a full chemical name of 4,5-epoxy-3-hydroxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one with a chemical formula as shown below:
Recreational users often use Dilaudid for the euphoric rush felt when Dilaudid is injected. Dilaudid produces the feelings of enhanced happiness, feelings of well-being, loss of anxiety, and relaxation.
Depending on the form of use, the effects will normally take up to 45 minutes to take effect unless injected then the rush comes almost immediately. The effects when taken by capsule will normally last several hours unless using continuous release capsules which have an extended effect.
Common side effects of using Dilaudid are light-headedness, dizziness, sedation, constipation, nausea and sweating.
More serious side effects are respiratory and circulatory depression, fainting and seizures. Overdosing is rare but if happens may lead to circulatory system collapse.
Addiction and Treatment
It is possible to get addicted to Dilaudid, usually when someone is self-medicating themselves when either not prescribed or using larger doses or more frequent doses than prescribed.
Dilaudid with normal use can cause short but intense withdrawals. The withdrawals will peak at around 14 to 21 hours and will last for 36 up to 72 hours.
If taking over 40miligrams a day withdrawal can last up to 2 weeks with symptoms such as constant shaking, cold sweats, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, cramps and insomnia.
If trying to quit Dilaudid it is recommended to check into a 24/7 detox center. Depending on how bad the addiction has developed, checking into a treatment center is another viable option. If one doesn't want to or can't check into a detox center or treatment facility then going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings are recommended.