Dilaudid 2mg V Generic: Causes Headaches

GF of knee patient Says:

My boyfriend is taking 2mg generic for Dilaudid for a knee replacement. He had no problems in the hospital with the brand name drug, but is having horrible headaches since coming home and using the Generic. Does it make sense that the generic can cause this?

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David Says:

Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, & nausea are all listed as common side effects associated with Dilaudid (Hydromorphone), no matter whether it's generic or not.

However it is likely the different inactive ingredients (binders/fillers) of the generic version we're probably what triggered the onset of those headaches. I'd also keep in mind that generic medications can contain up to 20% more or less of the actual active ingredient - compared to the amount found in brand names. For some people, these subtle differences are the equivalent of taking a completely different medication that may be absorbed and metabolized differently within your body (causing: side effects, allergic reactions, increased or decreased potency, etc).

Has he considered talking to the doctor about getting the brand name back?

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GF of knee patient Says:

Thank you for your reply. Yes, we spoke to the on-call tonight and will be in touch with his doctor on Monday morning.

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