How To Use This Medicine
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you.
Do not use the medication
in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the
directions on your prescription label. Never use more hydromorphone than is prescribed.
Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Do not take hydromorphone rectal by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.
This medication comes with patient instructions for using the rectal suppository. Follow
these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Remove the outer wrapper from the suppository before inserting it. Avoid handling
the suppository too long or it will melt in your hands.
For best results from the suppository, lie down after inserting it and hold in the
suppository for a few minutes. The suppository will melt quickly once inserted and you
should feel little or no discomfort while holding it in. Avoid using the bathroom just
after you have inserted the suppository.
Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are
using hydromorphone. Ask your doctor about ways to increase the fiber in your diet. Do not
use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are
using hydromorphone. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medication after using it
over a long period of time. Withdrawal symptoms include:
- feeling restless or irritable
- blurred vision
- runny nose
- watery eyes
- tingly feeling under your skin
- sleep problems
- muscle spasms
- severe back or stomach pain
- muscle cramps
- hot and cold flashes
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- weight loss
- fast heart rate
Do not stop using hydromorphone suddenly without first talking to your doctor.
You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store the suppositories in the refrigerator and do not allow them to freeze.