What should I know about hydromorphone before taking it?

You should not take hydromorphone if you are allergic to sulfites, hydromorphone, codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone or oxymorphone. Talk to your doctor before taking hydromorphone if you have ever had kidney, liver, heart or thyroid disease or if you have seizures, asthma, bronchitis, other respiratory conditions, urinary problems, low blood pressure, a head injury, Addison's disease or prostatic hypertrophy.

You should not take hydromorphone if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you must have surgery, no matter how minor, while taking hydromorphone make sure that the surgeon or dentist knows. Hydromorphone may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate equipment or machinery until you know how it will affect you. Alcohol can increase your risk of drowsiness when used while taking hydromorphone.

It can be habit-forming. Do not stop using hydromorphone without medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms could occur, including runny nose, dilated pupils, watery eyes, restlessness, yawning, sweating, goosebumps, insomnia, irritability, muscle spasms, weakness, anxiety, severe back pain, leg or abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Hydromorphone can have some drug interactions.

Talk to your doctor before taking hydromorphone if you are taking any of the following: antihistamines; antiemetics; tranquilizers, sedatives or sleeping pills; other narcotic analgesics; other central nervous system depressants; opioid antagonists; phenothiazines; antidepressants; or cough, cold and allergy drugs. Tell your doctor about any other prescription or over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements you are taking before taking hydromorphone.

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