- Hydromorphone oral tablet is available as both a generic and brand-name drug. Brand name: Dilaudid.
- Hydromorphone is also available in a liquid oral solution and a solution that a healthcare provider gives you in an injection.
- Hydromorphone oral tablet is an opioid that’s used to treat severe pain that isn’t controlled by other treatments.
What is hydromorphone?
Hydromorphone oral tablet is a prescription drug that’s available as the brand-name drug Dilaudid (immediate release). These tablets are also available as generic drugs. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name versions.
Hydromorphone also comes in the following forms:
- oral liquid solution
- injectable solution
- high-potency injectable solution
The injectable solutions are only given by a healthcare provider.
Hydromorphone oral tablet is a controlled substance. This means this drug has a risk of misuse and may cause dependence.
Why it’s used
Hydromorphone oral tablet is used to treat severe pain that isn’t controlled by other treatments. The extended-release tablet is used for people who need daily, around-the-clock pain treatment.
This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
How it works
Hydromorphone oral tablet belongs to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t known exactly how this drug works to ease pain. It may reduce pain by acting on certain opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which make up your central nervous system.