Hydromorphone: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 4:17 pm

Hydromorphone is more potent than morphine by weight and is believed to produce analgesic effects four to eight times greater than morphine. Side effects are comparable to morphine with the exception of vomiting, which tends to be less frequent with hydromorphone use.
Hydromorphone is available through injections, tablets, oral solution, and suppositories. The usual route of administration is by way of swallowing tablets. For patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets, a flavored oral solution is available. This liquid form of the drug can be poured into a medicine dropper for measurement by the patient or a nurse. The liquid can also be added to soft foods to make it easier for the patient to ingest. Some of these liquid formulations may contain alcohol.

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