Hydromorphone: Mental effects
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 4:19 pm
Hydromorphone, as with other narcotic analgesics, should be used with great caution when performing acts that require alertness, such as driving or operating heavy machinery. The most common side effects on the brain from taking hydromorphone are sedation and drowsiness. Dizziness and agitation also are known to occur when taking this drug. Like many drugs, hydromorphone should not be discontinued suddenly. Doses should be gradually tapered and then stopped.
Hydromorphone is highly addictive. Its use needs to be carefully monitored by the treating physician. Long-term use of the drug can lead to physical and psychological dependency. Mood can also be affected by hydromorphone and other narcotic analgesics. Infrequently, hallucinations and disorientation can develop. Insomnia develops in a minority of cases.