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What is Dilaudid?

Dilaudid is the brand name for the drug hydromorphone hydrochloride. It is an opioid analgesic. Dilaudid is often used for pain after operations because it works quickly and has a short half-life, meaning it does not stay in your system long.

Dilaudid is more potent than heroin or morphine. And Dilaudid withdrawal can be quite harmful if not supervised by a medical professional.

Understanding Dilaudid Withdrawal

Abusing Dilaudid can create a physical and psychological dependence until you can no longer function without using Dilaudid. This will show up in the form of terrible Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms. Cutting this drug out of your system without tapering down is extremely dangerous. Sudden withdrawal can cause horrible opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Dilaudid Withdrawal Symptoms

  • muscle cramps
  • diarrhea
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • intense drug cravings
  • body cramps
  • sweats
  • shaking
  • vomiting
  • anxiety
  • agitation

How Long Does Dilaudid Withdrawal Last?

Although everyone’s withdrawal is different, Dilaudid withdrawal typically lasts between 7 to 14 days.

Factors that affect how long your Dilaudid withdrawal include:

  • Length of time you abused Dilaudid
  • How frequently you used it
  • How much you used
  • If you also abused other substances
  • Your mental health
  • Your physical health
  • How you ingested Dilaudid

Dilaudid Withdrawal Timeline

First few hours: You will feel the initial symptoms of withdrawal, which include restlessness and anxiety.

1-2 Days: Your symptoms will most likely peak after the first 14 hours. In this stage of withdrawal, you will experience nausea, shaking, muscle aches, chills, and sweating.

3-4 Days: At this point, you should start to feel better and only experience mild symptoms, including nausea or body aches.

5-14 Days: If you are going through a severe Dilaudid withdrawal, then you may have symptoms for up to two weeks or more. You may experience feelings of insomnia, depression, anxiety, and irritability.

Withdrawal From Dilaudid Treatment With Drugs

If you have a severe addiction to Dilaudid, your doctor or treatment leader might recommend using medication to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. If this is the case, after using a new medication, they may eventually help you slowly taper off it and avoid withdrawal symptoms altogether.

Medication Options to Aid in Dilaudid Withdrawal

  • Clonidine: One of the most prescribed medications for withdrawal, which reduces symptoms of stress, hypertension, and anxiety.
  • Buprenorphine: This drug helps to reduce any cravings due to a lack of Dilaudid in the system. It creates similar effects as Dilaudid and is started on a high dose 2-3 days after beginning withdrawal. After you are showing stabilization on this medication, you will slowly taper off of this medication.
  • Rapid Anesthesia: This method occurs by first giving you medication and then being put under general anesthesia. Finally, you will be injected with a drug that blocks the effects of Dilaudid. This method is known to speed up the withdrawal process, but it is dangerous.

Mental Illness and Dilaudid

If you are struggling with a mental illness and a Dilaudid addiction, you have a co-occurring disorder. This needs to be treated with extreme caution as withdrawal can induce symptoms of psychosis.

Several types of mental illnesses that may need further addiction treatment include but is not limited to include:

  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • personality disorders
  • eating disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder or other trauma experience


There are many different treatment programs for those who are addicted to Dilaudid. Options include inpatient treatment programs and outpatient treatment programs. Your treatment center will help you choose the best plan for your situation.

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Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

How to Get Help

Are you suffering from addiction? At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand your struggle with addiction. Our caring staff is prepared to help you break the cycle.

Call 855-458-0050 to schedule your consultation. Together, we will help you beat your addiction so you can live a healthier, happier, and addiction-free life.