Dilaudid and headaches

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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever experienced headaches from Dilaudid. I take it for break through pain and about an hour after I take it I have been getting headaches. The headaches are painful around my eyes and they are to a point where I can't handle any bright lights. When I closed my eyes to fall asleep last night my eyes hurt. I am hoping that I don't have to go off of it because it works well for break through back pain.
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   Posted 1/31/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dictionary,

Great question...one I asked my doctor. One of the side effects of narcotic pain medications is headaches. Percocets did the same thing to me when I first started taking them. Doc told me to take tylenol for the headaches. Sounds rather silly but it actually worked. Tylenol works differently than narcotics so it got rid of the headache. Do talk to your doctor tho.

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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup. The headaches do fade with continued use, they did for me anyway. The only thing I would caution about taking Tylenol for the headache is if you are on another medication with APAP or Tylenol in it, you don't want to take more than 4000 mg, or 4 grams, of Tylenol/acetaminophen in it. As an alternative you could take ibuprofen.
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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to get terrible headaches from Diluadid and yes they were really bad right behind my eyes. They would work great on my back pain and nerve pain but the headaches removed any pain relief I would get. It is true that Opioids/Opiates can cause headaches. I of course could be wrong but I believe it has to do with an increase in intercranial pressure and an increase in CSF (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) One of the reasons physicians do not like to use them for treatment of migraines, etc.

It could just be this type of medication. Vicodin would also cause headaches and similar symptoms but Oxycodone based pain meds worked very well.

Perhaps you could ask your doctor to switch you to another medication if this continues to be an issue for you.

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   Posted 1/21/2015 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Dilaudid absolutely causes me migrains. I have a chronic disease and end up inpatient about once a month. They try to give me Dilaudid and I have to refuse. I need pain relief, but the headache cancels out any relief I get from the Dilaudid. It's wicked medicine. With me, it actually got worse the more often they'd give it to me. Before my transplant I was on comfort care, waiting to die, but in irretractable pain. They had me on 125mc fentanyl patch along with 8 mg of Dilaudid every 3-4 hours. We did this for over a year. Thankfully I was able to get my transplant before I died, but I still have attacks from time to time, and my transplant team says I will for the rest of my life. Anyway, the Dilaudid didn't give me headaches then, but now even one small dose will give me a migraine... piercing pain behind my eyes, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, etc. I'd recommend not using it unless you absolutely have to. The risks and side effects are just too horrible.

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   Posted 1/22/2015 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
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