Other Names

Dilaudid®, Exalgo® (There may be other names for this medication.)

How Do I Take This Medication?

Hydromorphone is taken by mouth as a tablet or a liquid. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take more medicine than your doctor has prescribed.

Why Am I Taking It?

Hydromorphone is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

How Does It Work?

Hydromorphone is an opioid (narcotic) analgesic. It works by decreasing the brain and nervous system’s response to pain.

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