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HYDROMORPHONE HYDROCHLORIDE, Ampul, Vial, Carpuject™, iSecure™ U.S. Physician Prescribing Information (hydromorphone hydrochloride injection, USP) Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

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HYDROMORPHONE HYDROCHLORIDE injection, for intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous use, CII
Initial U.S. Approval: 1984

WARNING: ADDICTION, ABUSE, AND MISUSE; LIFE-THREATENING RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION; NEONATAL OPIOID WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME; and RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH BENZODIAZEPINES OR OTHER CNS DEPRESSANTS

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  • Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection exposes users to risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to overdose and death. Assess patient's risk before prescribing and monitor regularly for these behaviors and conditions. (5.1)
  • Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur. Monitor closely, especially upon initiation or following a dose increase. (5.2)
  • Prolonged use of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection during pregnancy can result in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which may be life-threatening if not recognized and treated. If prolonged opioid use is required in a pregnant woman, advise the patient of the risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and ensure that appropriate treatment will be available. (5.3)
  • Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Reserve concomitant prescribing for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate; limit dosages and durations to the minimum required; and follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation. (5.4, 7)

RECENT MAJOR CHANGES

Warnings and Precautions (5.2)10/2019

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection is an opioid agonist indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. (1)

Limitations of Use (1)

Because of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse with opioids, even at recommended doses, reserve Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options [e.g., non-opioid analgesics or opioid combination products]:

  • Have not been tolerated, or are not expected to be tolerated,
  • Have not provided adequate analgesia, or are not expected to provide adequate analgesia

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals. (2.1)
  • Individualize dosing based on the severity of pain, patient response, prior analgesic experience, and risk factors for addiction, abuse, and misuse. (2.1)
  • Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Use: The usual starting dose is 1 mg to 2 mg every 2 to 3 hours as necessary. (2.2)
  • Intravenous Use: The usual starting dose is 0.2 mg to 1 mg every 2 to 3 hours. The injection should be given slowly, over at least 2 to 3 minutes. (2.2)
  • Hepatic Impairment: Initiate treatment with one-fourth to one-half the usual starting dose, depending on degree of hepatic impairment. (2.3)
  • Renal Impairment: Initiate treatment with one-fourth to one-half the usual starting dose, depending on degree of renal impairment. (2.4)
  • Do not stop Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection abruptly in a physically dependent patient. (2.6)

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Injection: 0.5 mg/0.5 mL, 1 mg/mL, 2 mg/mL and 4 mg/mL is available in ampuls, Carpuject™ cartridges, iSecure™ syringes, and single-dose vials for parenteral administration. (3)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Significant respiratory depression. (4)
  • Acute or severe bronchial asthma in an unmonitored setting or in absence of resuscitative equipment. (4)
  • Known or suspected gastrointestinal obstruction, including paralytic ileus. (4)
  • Known hypersensitivity to hydromorphone. (4)

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression in Patients with Chronic Pulmonary Disease or in Elderly, Cachectic, or Debilitated Patients: Monitor closely, particularly during initiation and titration. (5.5)
  • Adrenal Insufficiency: If diagnosed, treat with physiologic replacement of corticosteroids, and wean patient off of the opioid. (5.6)
  • Severe Hypotension: Monitor during dosage initiation and titration. Avoid use of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection in patients with circulatory shock. (5.7)
  • Risks of Use in Patients with Increased Intracranial Pressure, Brain Tumors, Head Injury, or Impaired Consciousness: Monitor for sedation and respiratory depression. Avoid use of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection in patients with impaired consciousness or coma. (5.8)

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Most common adverse reactions are light-headedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing, dysphoria, euphoria, dry mouth, and pruritus.

Serious adverse reactions include respiratory depression and apnea, circulatory depression, respiratory arrest, shock and cardiac arrest. (6)


To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Hospira, Inc. at 1-800-441-4100 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov.medwatch.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

  • Serotonergic Drugs: Concomitant use may result in serotonin syndrome. Discontinue Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection if serotonin syndrome is suspected. (7)
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): Can potentiate the effects of hydromorphone. Avoid concomitant use in patients receiving MAOIs or within 14 days of stopping treatment with an MAOI. (7)
  • Mixed Agonist/Antagonist and Partial Agonist Opioid Analgesics: Avoid use with Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection because they may reduce analgesic effect of Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection or precipitate withdrawal symptoms. (7)

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Pregnancy: May cause fetal harm. (8.1)

See 17 for PATIENT COUNSELING INFORMATION.

Revised: 9/2020

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