Can Dilaudid interact with other medications or foods?

Certain other drugs may exaggerate the effects of the pain medication Dilaudid (hydromorphone). Dilaudid depresses activity in the central nervous system (CNS) -- brain, spinal cord and nerves. Taking Dilaudid at the same time as other drugs that have a similar effect on the CNS could cause breathing problems, a dangerous drop in blood pressure and extreme sleepiness. Among the drugs that can have this effect are other pain relievers as well as certain allergy medications, antidepressants, cold and cough medicines, sedatives, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. Before you take Dilaudid, tell your doctor about all over-the-counter and prescription medications you're currently using (including dietary supplements such as vitamins).

Alcohol can also affect the CNS, so it's important not to drink while taking Dilaudid. This drug doesn't seem to interact with any specific foods, however, and in fact, taking Dilaudid with food may help reduce nausea, a common side effect of the drug. It's also worth pointing out that taking Dilaudid slows down digestion of food, which can cause constipation.

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