Hydromorphone

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: US

Dilaudid; Dilaudid-HP; Exalgo

Brand Names: Canada

Apo-Hydromorphone; Dilaudid; Dilaudid-HP; Hydromorph Contin; Hydromorphone HP; Hydromorphone HP 10; Hydromorphone HP 20; Hydromorphone HP 50; Hydromorphone HP Forte; Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection, USP; Jurnista; PMS-Hydromorphone; Teva-Hydromorphone

Warning

All products:

  • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • Misuse or abuse of this drug can lead to overdose and death.
  • Do not give your child more of this drug than what the doctor told you to give. Giving more of this drug than you are told may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
  • This drug may cause very bad and sometimes deadly breathing problems. Alcohol, other pain drugs, or some other drugs may add to this effect. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure which drugs may add to breathing problems. Call the doctor right away if your child has slow, shallow, or trouble breathing.

If your child is pregnant:

  • Using this drug for a long time during pregnancy may lead to withdrawal in the newborn baby. This can be life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.

Extended-release tablets:

  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, crush, or melt before swallowing. Do not let your child inject or snort this drug. Doing any of these things can cause very bad side effects like trouble breathing and death from overdose.
  • Even one dose of this drug may be deadly if it is taken by accident, especially in children. If this drug is taken by accident, get medical help right away.
  • The chance of very bad and sometimes deadly breathing problems may be greater when your child first starts this drug or anytime the dose is raised. Talk with your child’s doctor.

Shot:

  • Make sure you have the right drug; there is more than one strength.
  • Certain strengths of this drug may only be used by people who have been taking drugs like this drug and are used to their effects. The use of these strengths by people who have not been taking drugs like this drug may cause very bad and sometimes deadly breathing problems. Talk with the doctor.

What is this drug used for?

Extended-release tablets:

  • It is used to ease very bad pain.
  • It is only to be used when around-the-clock (continuous) care is needed for a long time. It is also only to be used when other pain drugs do not treat your child’s pain well enough or your child cannot take them.

All other products:

  • It is used to ease pain.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has any of these health problems: Very bad lung problems like asthma or trouble breathing, high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, or stomach or bowel block or narrowing.
  • If your child is taking any of these drugs: Buprenorphine, butorphanol, nalbuphine, or pentazocine.
  • If your child has taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for certain other health problems in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure. Talk with your child’s doctor.

Extended-release tablets:

  • If your child has any of these health problems: Narrowing of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract or other GI problems like small bowel disease, short gut syndrome, or slow-moving swallowing tube (esophagus) or bowel tract.
  • If your child has ever had any of these health problems: Cystic fibrosis, long-term bowel pseudo-block, Meckel’s diverticulum, or peritonitis.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Have your child avoid tasks or actions that call for alertness until you see how this drug affects your child. These are things like riding a bike, playing sports, or using items such as scissors, lawnmowers, electric scooters, toy cars, or motorized vehicles.
  • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, have your child get up slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Have your child be extra careful climbing stairs.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child other drugs and natural products that may slow your child’s actions.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink alcohol.
  • Do not give your child more of this drug than what the doctor told you to give. Giving more of this drug than you are told may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not give this drug with other strong pain drugs or pain patches without talking to your child’s doctor first.
  • Do not give drugs (prescription or OTC) that have alcohol in them while your child takes this drug. If you do not know if any of your child’s drugs have alcohol in them, check with the doctor or pharmacist.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked if he/she is on this drug for a long time. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • If your child is allergic to sulfites, talk with your child’s doctor. Some products have sulfites in them.
  • If your child has been taking this drug for a long time or at high doses, it may not work as well and your child may need higher doses to get the same effect. This is known as tolerance. Call the doctor if this drug stops working well. Do not give more than ordered.
  • Do not stop giving this drug to your child all of a sudden without calling the doctor. Your child may have a greater risk of signs of withdrawal. If your child needs to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Extended-release tablets:

  • Your child will be closely watched by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very hard stools (constipation).
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Mood changes.
  • Seizures.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Shakiness.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Not able to control eye movements.
  • Trouble controlling body movements.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Change in balance.
  • Memory problems or loss.
  • If your child is planning to harm him/herself. If the want to harm him/herself gets worse.
  • Swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Feeling sleepy.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All products:

  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Flushing.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Headache.
  • Belly pain.

Extended-release tablets:

  • Joint pain.
  • You may see the tablet shell in your child’s stool.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All oral products:

  • Give with or without food. Give with food if it causes your child to have an upset stomach.
  • Give this drug by mouth only.

Liquid (solution):

  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.

Long-acting products:

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • Do not give long-acting products for fast pain relief or on an as needed basis.
  • Do not give for pain relief after surgery if your child has not been taking drugs like this drug.

Suppository:

  • Suppositories are for rectal use only.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • If suppository is soft, chill in a refrigerator or run cold water over it.
  • To use, take off foil wrapper and wet suppository with cold water. Have your child lie down on his/her side. Use your finger to push the suppository well up into the rectum.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

Shot:

  • Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.

All other products:

  • If your child takes this drug on a regular basis, give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Short-acting products:

  • Many times this drug is given on an as needed basis. Do not give to your child more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All oral products:

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Protect from light.

Suppository:

  • Store suppositories in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Shot:

  • This drug will be given to your child in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-06-24

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