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How to Identify a Dilaudid Overdose and How it is Treated

By being able to identify a potential dilaudid overdose you will be able to either seek medical help yourself or get the person who has possibly overdosed the correct medical help before their condition deteriorates and it becomes life threatening. What follows is information on how you are able to not only identify an overdose, but also the treatment that will then follow.

However, prior to this a quick recap as to what dilaudid is and how dangerous a drug it can be for those that take it on a regular basis. This particular drug is known as an analgesic narcotic and it works pretty much in the same way as morphine, but it is seen as being far stronger and it does have the potential of being extremely addictive to a number of people. This addiction can grow over time as more of it has to be taken in order to feel the full effects and this is the point where the chances of an overdose tend to increase.

Symptoms of a dilaudid overdose.

In regard to the actual symptoms of a dilaudid overdose, then they will tend to vary in both severity as well as number from person to person. One point that must be stressed is that you should never ignore even one single symptom as it can often be the case that one will lead to several more and there is the chance that more damage may be caused to your health in the long-term as a direct result.

You should also be aware of the fact that some of the symptoms may make you feel just generally ill much like a bout of flu and in these instances it is advisable to think about when you first felt like this in accordance with the last time that you took the drug. This may help you to see if feeling unwell is directly linked, but if you are unsure at all, then you are certainly advised to seek the correct medical help immediately.

The main symptoms to be aware of include: having cold and clammy skin, feeling extremely drowsy where it may prove to be extremely difficult to get a response, flaccid muscles, hypertension, problems with circulation, pinpoint pupils, a blue tinge to the hands, slow and shallow breathing, stomach cramps and severe stomach pain, a very weak pulse, cardiac arrest, and being in an extremely confused state. It will be quite obvious as to how some may take on the appearance of having flu, but it is also clear how there is a serious possibility of an overdose of dilaudid resulting in death if it is not treated immediately.

Treatment for a dilaudid overdose.

The treatment that you receive for a dilaudid overdose does depend upon how severe it is and it is extremely important that a doctor is told not only when the patient last took the drug, but also an indication as to how much was taken. This can help them to determine the exact treatment that must be given so they can make the best possible recovery in the shortest period of time.

Clearly if there are issues with their breathing and heart, then steps will be taken to regulate them and to improve their circulation; however, this can be done even when other treatment is taking place as it is important to reduce the impact that the drug is having on the body at that moment in time. For this part it will often include the person being given laxatives and vomiting induced to allow the drug to leave the system and this tends to mean that the stomach has to be pumped as well. It will also be extremely common to have another drug administered to help absorb the drug in much the same way as someone is given when they overdose on heroin or morphine as this lessens the impact that it has on the body and can limit the damage that is caused. Tests may then be carried out to check if there has been any damage to the organs and medication may be prescribed in order to prevent any long-term problems.

Recovery from a dilaudid overdose is entirely possible, but how good the recovery is does depend on how much time passes between taking the overdose and getting medical attention. This can be a dangerous drug and can cause a number of problems so if you are unsure as to whether or not any of the symptoms are related to the drug, then get help immediately in order to play it safe.


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