I was reading through some other threads and noticed someone mentioned an extended release dilaudid. I take dilaudid now (alone with several other meds) at the 2 mg level (4 times per day). It is prescribed for every six hours, but I take one in the am and the other three in the afternoon. My PM is well aware of how I take the med because we discussed it thoroughly. I explained that 2 mg helps in the am, but has relatively no effect in the PM and I need more meds to control the pain. It's the opposite with the Ultracet...two in the AM, then one at lunch and one later in the day.
I don't generally tolerate xr or cr meds very well, but I am taking xananx 3mg cr and it works very well.
I don't want to ask for a stronger opiate or to ask for an increase in meds because I don't want to risk having PM problems. I was wondering if anyone had experience with the dilaudid controlled release and how it works with the body. I tried Opana and it was WAY too strong for me. I didn't like it at all and took it back to the PM after the first dose. It worked WONDERFUL for the first six hours and then the rest of the med seemed to "dump" into my system at the same time. It was not a good moment!
Anyway, the PM told me that the dilaudid and the Opana were extremely similar, but I do understand that one is hydromorphone and the other oxymorphone. Any ideas about this CR dilaudid? I won't be seeing the PM in person for a couple of months, but I would love to be more informed when I meet with him.
UPDATE: I just found this site about the extended release version. It's very interesting since I'm supposed to be allergic to sulfites. Kind of makes me wonder about the whole idea. Perhaps I'm not actually allergic to sulfites after all. Perhaps I'm simply sensitive to some meds that contain sulfites. I KNOW I'm allergic to sulfa, but I do understand that this is different.
Post Edited (retiredmom) : 10/28/2010 6:12:33 PM (GMT-6)