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Alternative NamesDilaudid overdose; Palladone overdose
Definition Return to top
Hydromorphone is a prescription medicine used to relieve severe pain. Hydromorphone overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication.
This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Poisonous Ingredient Return to top
Hydromorphone is a type of morphine. Hydromorphone is an opioid narcotic, which means it is an extremely powerful drug that can cause very deep sleep.
Patients who are prescribed hydromorphone for pain should not drink alcohol. Combining alcohol with this drug increases the chance for dangerous side effects and overdose symptoms.
Where Found Return to top
Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.
Symptoms Return to top
Warning: A severe overdose of hydromorphone can cause death.
Home Care Return to top
This can be a serious overdose. Seek immediate medical help.
Before Calling Emergency Return to top
Determine the following information:
Poison Control Return to top
The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.
This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
See: Poison control center - emergency number
What to Expect at the Emergency Room Return to top
The health care provider will measure and monitor the patient's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Symptoms are treated as appropriate.
The patient may receive:
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
Patients who quickly receive medicine to reverse the effect of hydromorphone can recover within 1 to 4 hours.
References Return to top
Drummer OH. Recent trends in narcotic deaths. Ther Drug Monit. 2005;27(6):738-740.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Asks Purdue Pharma to Withdraw Palladone for Safety Reasons. Rockville, MD: National Press Office; July 13, 2005. Release P05-42.Update Date: 2/5/2009 Updated by: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by Eric Perez, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (1/20/2008).