Hydromorphone Pharmacology

On this episode, I discuss hydromorphone pharmacology, adverse effect, and drug interactions.

I discuss the pharmacokinetics of hydromorphone and also discuss the relative potency compared to other opioids.

Hydromorphone drug interactions are mostly additive effects. Drugs that cause sedation or constipation can have additive effects on hydromorphone.

Be extremely careful with hydromorphone dosage forms. There are numerous different concentrations and strengths. I discuss this in this episode.

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Naloxone Pharmacology

Naloxone is a life saving drug that can help manage an opioid overdose situation.

Naloxone blocks opioids receptors so opioid agonists cannot bind there.

One of the biggest risks with opioid overdose includes respiratory depression. Naloxone can help reduce the risk of this if administered in a timely manner.

IV naloxone will have the quickest physiological onset of action, but nasal naloxone may be the best opportunity in the community to get this drug on board quickly.

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