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DEA Facts on: Hydromorphone

drug-addiction-treatment-programsWhat is its effect on the body?

Hydromorphone may cause:

Constipation, pupillary constriction, urinary retention, nausea, vomiting, respiratory depression, dizziness, impaired coordination, loss of appetite, rash, slow or rapid heartbeat, and changes in blood pressure

What are its overdose effects?

Acute overdose of hydromorphone can produce:

Severe respiratory depression, drowsiness progressing to stupor or coma, lack of skeletal muscle tone, cold and clammy skin, constricted pupils, and reduction in blood pressure and heart rate Severe overdose may result in death due to respiratory depression.

Which drugs cause similar effects?

Drugs that have similar effects include:

Heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and oxycodone

What is its legal status in the United States?

Hydromorphone is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act with an accepted medical use as a pain reliever. Hydromorphone has a high potential for abuse and use may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Information is courtesy of: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE




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