Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is a medicine used to treat moderate and/or severe pain.

It can be given by mouth as a tablet or liquid; or it can be given in your child’s vein by injection.

  • Use as directed by your child's doctor.
  • This medicine can be given with or without food. Give with food if it upsets the stomach.
  • Do not give any other medicines, prescription or over-the-counter (OTC), without first talking to the doctor.
  • If your child has respiratory problems, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse, inform the doctor. Addiction and breathing problems are rare when hydromorphone is used the correct way.
  • The doctor may want your child to take a medicine to help move your child's stools.  
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

Call your child's doctor if the following effects continue or are bothersome:

  • Sleepiness
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Constipation (hard or fewer stools)

Call your child's doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Extreme sleepiness or difficulty awakening
  • Difficulty or shallow breathing
  • Rash
  • Unable to urinate
  • Pain is not relieved by this medication

Last Updated 11/2013