2mg Dilaudid Will I Get More Relief Taking It Whole, Or Taking Halves Sooner?
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JennG Says:

I'm taking 2mg Dilaudid 3xDaily for pain management. Would I be better off taking the whole pill every 6 hours, or half a pill every 3 hours. Been on it for a week, and experiencing pretty intense nausea, so I want to dose it in a way to get the most relief, and the least nausea.
Thanks!

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Dominick Says:

took one 2mg tablet of hydromorphone. It knocked me out. can I cut it into quarters to minimize the narcotic effect?

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JennG Says:

It seems like the nausea is the same, no matter if I I take a half or a whole, so today I tried taking my nausea meds with a whole pill every 6 hours. That meant on 3 occurrences of nausea, instead of 6. I need all 6 mg to get through the day, so I might as well cut down the times I get nausea. Next week, I am most likely switching to the trans-dermal patch anyway, but I still appreciate advice.

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David Says:

Hi JennG,

It seems as though the side effects and dosage go hand-in-hand with many prescription drugs; so while upping dosage will likely provide more relief than half a pill, you may also be increasing the occurrence and magnitude of nausea.

If you have to take this medication 3x daily every 6 hours, in my opinion it would be wise to take half a pill every 6 hours to determine how effective it is as relieving your pain. Taking half a dose every 3 hours would ruin your dosing schedule because in essence, you would be taking it more than 3x daily.

It may even help to take one whole pill for the first dose, then half a pill for the second dose, and then decide if you require a whole pill for your third dose of the day; kind of changing it up to get the best of both worlds, in accordance to your dosing regime.

I hope my opinion helps!

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