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Dilaudid: Precautions

Difficulty of Breathing

The intake of Dilaudid can have negative effects on the respiratory system. Its overdose can potentially lead to the complete shutdown of the respiratory system.

Kidney Function

Patients with kidney function problems should consider discussing to a medical professional if the intake of Dilaudid would have negative effects on the conditions of their kidneys and if any special monitoring is required. Certain kidney conditions can affect the effectiveness and the required dosage of the drug.

Liver Function

Patients with liver function problems should consider discussing to a medical professional if the intake of Dilaudid would have a negative effects on the conditions of their livers and if any special monitoring is required. Certain liver conditions can affect the effectiveness and the required dosage of the drug.

Low Blood Pressure

The intake of Dilaudid can cause severe low blood pressure. Contact a medical professional if you experience dizziness especially in sitting and standing positions after taking in Dilaudid.

Stopping the Medication

The sudden stoppage of the intake of Dilaudid is not advisable. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if the process of medication is immediately halted. A doctor can help you with instructions with regard to safely stopping your Dilaudid intake if it’s no longer required for you.

Tolerance

The usage of Dilaudid can lead to tolerance if the the drug is used for a long period of time. A certain patient would be forced to take in a higher dosage of the drug to compensate for the tolerance the patient developed during the early stages of the medication. Do not change your dosage of Dilaudid according to your preference because only doctors can give the proper dosage that is most appropriate for your current condition.

Pregnancy

Dilaudid can cause unwanted side effects on pregnancy as it can harm the fetus. There is a chance that infants who were born to mothers who were dependent on Dilaudid during their pregnancies might experience withdrawal symptoms and might have difficulties in breathing. They may also develop a recurring dependency on the drug.

Breast-Feeding

Dilaudid may be passed on from the the mother to the baby during breast-feeding if the mother is taking in Dilaudid.  Dilaudid may have negative effects on babies.

Children

Dilaudid is not advised for children. The effectiveness of Dilaudid has not yet been tested on children.

Elderly

The elderly is known to be sensitive to Dilaudid so it is not prescribed to give Dilaudid dosages to the elderly.