How Long Does Dilaudid Stay In Your Urine?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D on April 30, 2021

Hydromorphone hydrochloride (Dilaudid) is an opioid prescribed for chronic pain, but it has a high potential for addiction. Urine screening tests may detect Dilaudid for two to four days on average.

Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D on April 30, 2021
How Long Can Dilaudid Be Detected In Your Urine?

Hydromorphone is a potentially addictive pain medication that can be detected in urine samples for up to five days after the last dose, long after the effects have worn off.

Hydromorphone (brand name, Dilaudid), is an opioid prescribed for severe pain. However, if abused or used illicitly, it may lead to mental or physical addiction and dependence.

Hydromorphone, like other opioids (including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl), is detectable in standard urine tests, the most common testing method for drug use.

Detecting Dilaudid In Urine

On average, Dilaudid can be detected in an individual’s urine for up to 4 days after the last use.

What Factors Can Affect Dilaudid Urine Detection Times?

There are many factors that affect how long hydromorphone can be detected by a urine test.

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The detection window is dependent on the individual’s usage, in addition to several other personal conditions.

Factors that contribute to how long hydromorphone stays in your system:

  • hydration levels
  • dosage and application (ingestion, intravenous, intramuscular, rectal)
  • age, weight, and metabolism
  • genetic factors
  • length of use
  • abuse of other substances or prescription drugs
  • mental health disorders
  • high presence of other opioids, like hydrocodone
  • kidney or liver impairment

Chronic use or abuse of hydromorphone (Dilaudid) or other opiate-based drugs can lead to addiction and dependence and an increased risk for overdose and death.

Finding Addiction Treatment For Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) or Other Opioids

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