If I am pregnant, is it safe to use Dilaudid?

If you're pregnant or you're thinking about having a baby, tell your doctor before using Dilaudid (hydromorphone). This drug is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Dilaudid crosses the placenta, which means that babies born to women who use this medication will be exposed to it. Infants of mothers who take the medication regularly while pregnant will be born physically dependent on the drug and may experience withdrawal symptoms such as excessive crying, fever, tremor and vomiting. Pregnant women should use Dilaudid only if their doctors feel the benefits of this medication outweigh the risk to the developing fetus.

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