Plugging Dilaudid | Effects & Dangers Of Rectal Hydromorphone Use

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on March 16, 2023

Plugging Dilaudid is the process in which the drug is inserted into the rectum. This creates intense effects like sedation and can lead to severe dangers such as respiratory depression and an increased risk of overdose.

Hydromorphone (brand name Dilaudid) is an opioid analgesic used to treat those suffering from moderate to severe pain. However, some participate in “plugging” Dilaudid, a form of substance abuse.

Plugging Dilaudid is the process in which the drug is inserted into the rectum, entering the small intestine and resulting in a greater high. Through this route of administration, the drug enters the bloodstream much more quickly than other methods.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Dilaudid is a Schedule II controlled substance with high potential for abuse. Those who take part in this form of opioid abuse may experience life-threatening side effects and dangers to their health.

Effects Of Plugging Dilaudid

Those who use Dilaudid as a suppository instead of an oral solution or tablet may experience greater euphoria and an immediate, intense high. Because of this, the common side effects of the medication can be heightened.

Common Side Effects

Some of the common side effects of Dilaudid can become more profound when the drug is plugged. Per the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), common side effects may consist of:

  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • intense feelings of euphoria
  • sedation
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • loss of appetite

Withdrawal Symptoms

Participating in Dilaudid substance use may lead to withdrawal symptoms if a person abruptly stops taking the drug. Symptoms of withdrawal can be severe because while the drug enters the bloodstream faster, it also leaves the body more quickly.

Symptoms of Dilaudid withdrawal may include:

  • anxiety
  • stomach pain
  • muscle weakness
  • sweating
  • cravings for the drug
  • joint pain
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • chills
  • changes in mood

Dangers Of Plugging Dilaudid

Plugging, snorting, smoking, or using prescription drugs via intravenous injection are dangerous routes of administration that can increase the risk of severe dangers to your health.

Rectal Damage & Health Issues

Rectal administration of Dilaudid is a serious form of drug abuse which may lead to:

  • severe stomach pain or constipation
  • tissue damage of the rectum
  • anal fissures
  • nausea and vomiting
  • bacterial infections
  • diseases such as hepatitis of HIV from sharing syringes
  • physical or psychological dependence
  • frequent diarrhea
  • decrease in sexual desire
  • irregular menstruation

Dilaudid Overdose

Plugging Dilaudid as a form of drug use can lead to an increased risk of overdose. An opioid overdose can be life-threatening and presents with symptoms that may include:

  • respiratory depression or shallow breathing
  • muscle weakness
  • low blood pressure
  • cold or clammy skin
  • constricted pupils
  • low heart rate
  • loss of consciousness

For those who suspect an overdose has occurred, contact 911 immediately and seek urgent medical attention. Once with a healthcare professional, the medication naloxone can be administered in the hopes of helping to reverse the effects of the overdose.

Drug Interactions

Speak with your healthcare provider before combining medications with Dilaudid, as adverse effects can occur. Those with certain conditions should avoid Dilaudid.

Drug interactions can take place if Dilaudid is combined with any of the following:

  • medications which contain opiates
  • other prescription painkillers such as oxycodone
  • over-the-counter pain relievers
  • certain supplements
  • benzodiazepines
  • fentanyl
  • muscle relaxants
  • alcohol
  • stimulants

Dilaudid Addiction Treatment Options

For those of you seeking an addiction treatment program, consider Ohio Recovery Center. We provide various treatment plans that can assist you on your road to recovery.

Our treatment options include inpatient care, medical detox, medication-assisted treatment, and behavioral therapy. To speak with one of our healthcare professionals and learn more, please contact us today.

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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