Hydromorph Contin

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Hydromorph Contin

Available Form:  

12H-CAPSULE

Manufacturer name:  

Purdue Pharma

Generic name:  

HYDROMORPHONE

Strength:  

3MG, 4.5MG, 6MG, 9MG, 12MG, 18MG, 30MG

What is Hydromorph Contin?

Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release belongs to the family of medications known as opioid analgesics (narcotic pain relievers). It is used to treat chronic, severe pain.

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Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release belongs to the family of medications known as opioid analgesics (narcotic pain relievers). It is used to treat chronic, severe pain. Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) works on the brain to increase the ability to tolerate pain. Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release works by gradually releasing the medication into the body to help control pain that requires the prolonged or continuous use of an opioid pain killer.

Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) is a strong pain reliever that can be fatal if it is taken by someone for whom it has not been prescribed.

Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) without consulting your doctor.

Do not give Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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Hydromorph Contin Dosage

For people who are not currently taking other opioid pain medications or are taking low doses of weak opioid medications, the usual adult dose of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release capsules is 3 mg every 12 hours.

For people who are receiving other formulations of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) or other opioid medications, the dose depends on the dose of these medications that you are currently taking. Your doctor will determine the dose that is appropriate for you.

Your doctor can adjust your dose every 48 hours until a dose that controls your pain with tolerable side effects is reached.

Your daily dose should be taken in two equally divided doses every 12 hours. Swallow Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release capsules whole, or open them and sprinkle the contents on cold, soft food. Do not chew, crush, dissolve, or break the contents of the capsule, as this could result in too much Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) being released rapidly and could be fatal.

It is important that Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.


Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Hydromorph Contin Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • confusion
  • Constipation
  • dizziness, lightheadedness, or feeling faint
  • drowsiness
  • increased sweating
  • Dry Mouth
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
  • symptoms of withdrawal
    • anxiety
    • body aches
    • cold and clammy skin
    • diarrhea
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea
    • sweating
    • vomiting
  • skin rash
  • symptoms of a bowel blockage (e.g., abdominal pain, severe constipation, nausea)

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • seizures
  • symptoms of too much medication:
    • cold, clammy skin
    • confusion
    • difficulty walking normally
    • hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not there)
    • "pinpoint" pupils of eyes
    • seizure
    • severe drowsiness      
    • slow or troubled breathing
    • slow heartbeat
    • signs of a Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) (Hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue)
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed.Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone).
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Hydromorph Contin Available Form

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3 mg
Each green, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "3 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Green No. 3, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.

4.5 mg
Each blue-violet, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "4.5 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 4.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.

6 mg
Each pink, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "6 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: D&C Red No. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.

9 mg
Each light blue, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "9 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 9 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: FD&C Blue No. 1, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.

12 mg
Each orange, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "12 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 12 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: D&C Red No. 28, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.

18 mg
Each yellow, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "18 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 18 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: gelatin, titanium dioxide, and yellow iron oxide.

24 mg
Each grey, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "24 mg", contains Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl 24 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: gelatin, iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

30 mg
Each red, controlled-release capsule, imprinted with "PF" and "HYDROMORPH CONTIN" and the strength "30 mg", contains 30 mg of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) HCl. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, dibutyl sebacate, ethyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, and microcrystalline cellulose; capsule shell: FD&C Red No. 3, gelatin, red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide, and titanium dioxide.

Hydromorph Contin Contraindications

Do not take Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) if you:

  • are allergic to Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), or any ingredients of the medication
  • are allergic to other opioid (narcotic) pain medications (e.g., Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone)
  • are taking or have taken (within the last 14 days) MAO inhibitors (e.g., Phenelzine, Tranylcypromine)
  • have had surgery or have an underlying condition that may cause narrowing or obstruction of the intestines
  • have acute Alcoholism
  • have acute Asthma or other obstructive lung disease
  • have acute pain, or pain following surgery
  • have acute respiratory Depression (slowed breathing)
  • have convulsions or seizure disorders
  • have cor pulmonale (heart failure caused by chronic high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs)
  • have delirium tremens (e.g., confusion, Diarrhea, shaking, Fever, hallucinations, disorientation) associated with alcohol withdrawal
  • have increased carbon dioxide levels in the blood
  • have increased intracranial pressure (increased pressure inside the head), cerebrospinal pressure (increased pressure inside the head and spine), or head injury
  • have mild or intermittent pain that can otherwise be managed
  • have pulmonary edema (fluid build-up in the lungs)
  • have severe central nervous system (CNS) depression (slowed nervous system)
  • have or may have surgical abdomen (e.g., acute Appendicitis)
  • are pregnant, in labour or delivering, or breastfeeding
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Hydromorph Contin Precautions

There may be an interaction between Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release and any of the following:

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

Hydromorph Contin Warnings

Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone).

Dependence: As with other opioid medications (narcotics), Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may become habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. Misuse of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) is usually not a problem when it is used appropriately for pain relief. Withdrawal symptoms (e.g., body aches, diarrhea, nausea, nervousness, restlessness, runny nose, sneezing, goose bumps, shaking, shivering, nausea, stomach cramps, fast heart rate, fever, sweating) may occur if Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) is stopped suddenly. People who are taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) for a long time and no longer require it for pain control should stop the medication gradually as directed by their doctor.

Difficulty breathing: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) can cause serious, possibly life-threatening breathing problems. Do not drink alcohol while taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) as this will make breathing problems caused by Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) worse. If you experience slowed breathing or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention. People with lung problems or head injury and those who are taking other medications that can slow breathing are more at risk for experiencing this. Make sure you follow the instructions on how to properly use Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone). If you have any questions, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have a chronic lung condition (e.g., Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma), discuss with your doctor how Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may reduce the mental or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery while using Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) unless you have determined that the medication does not affect your ability to do so.

Kidney function: Kidney Disease or reduced kidney function may cause Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have reduced kidney function, discuss with your doctor how Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Liver function: Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have reduced liver function, discuss with your doctor how Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Low Blood Pressure: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) can cause low blood pressure, which may be severe. If you experience severe dizziness, especially when standing from a lying or sitting position, contact your doctor.

Medical conditions: People with abnormal heart rhythms, reduced adrenal function (e.g., Addison's Disease), low Thyroid, inflammation of the pancreas, enlarged prostate, gallbladder disease, alcoholism, or urethral strictures should discuss with their doctor how Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Stopping the medication: Do not suddenly stop taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) since withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms include body aches, diarrhea, nausea, nervousness, restlessness, runny nose, sneezing, goose bumps, shaking, shivering, nausea, stomach cramps, fast heart rate, fever, and sweating. Your doctor will advise you on how to safely stop taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) if you no longer require it for pain control.

Tablet form: The tablet form of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) controlled-release should not be used by people who have narrowing of the intestines (e.g., small bowel inflammatory disease, history of peritonitis, Cystic Fibrosis). Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

Tolerance: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) may lead to tolerance when used for a long period of time. Tolerance means that your body gets used to the medication so that more medication may be needed to produce the same pain relief. Your doctor will recommend the dose of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) that is most appropriate for you. Do not change your dose or the way you are using the medication on your own. Speak to your doctor if you have any questions.

Pregnancy: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), contact your doctor immediately. Infants born to mothers who have been taking Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) for long periods of time or who are physically dependent on Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) will also be physically dependent on the medication and may experience breathing difficulties as well as withdrawal symptoms.

Breast-feeding: Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) have not been established for children less than 18 years of age. Accidental ingestion of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) by children may lead to severe and even fatal consequences. Keep Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone) out of the reach of children.

Seniors: Seniors may be more sensitive to the effects of Hydromorph Contin (Hydromorphone).
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