morphine,dilaudid,demerol

  1. why is dilaudid the most common IV pain control method. Just wondering why i dont see more morphine. Why isnt demerol used very often? In my experience patients do not respond very well to morphine....
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Gr8Dane
    Because it lasts longer and is stronger? And gives a nice buzz to the pt.

    Hince why its the drug of choice for seekers.
  4. by   EJSRN
    i've definately noticed dilaudid is the drug of choice for users. they seem to want it pretty bad
  5. by   crb613
    We never use dilaudid .....Morphine or demerol with phenergan.
  6. by   HonestRN
    We use mostly morphine. Hardly ever dilaudid, only when morphine is ineffective. Drug of choice for drug seekers. We hardly ever use demerol due to seizure risks associated with it.
  7. by   mom2michael
    I like to give Dilaudid. It's quick & to the point and doesn't have a lot of S/E that many pain meds have. The problem is a lot of the seekers in the ER also like Dilaudid.
  8. by   Gr8Dane
    Lot of seekers also don't like phenegran mixed in with their demerol, ruins the buzz for them.

    Hince why I say 50mg to every 100mg of Demerol minimum, makem sleepy
  9. by   Tait
    We use primarily Dilaudid.
  10. by   Spatialized
    Demerol has issues with toxic metabolites, plus a nasty addiction profile. Many places have phased it out as pain control, although our PACU still has it for post-op shivering. I can only recall giving Demerol once or twice, it was effective, but there are better options.

    The classic Dilaudid vs. Morphine debate boils down to potency. Remember, 1mg of Dilaudid is equivalent to 7mg of Morphine, so the buzz is going to be "better". More bang for your buck so to speak. That's why the seekers are always asking for Dilaudid instead of Morphine. It does work well, if a little short-lived.

    Tom
  11. by   Jaybird310
    With the hospital I'm at now we primarily use Dilaudid, occasionally I'll give morphine but it's rare. When I was working in New Orleans it was almost always the phenegran/morphine combo simply because of the seeker issue. And I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I've given demerol. And actually the first time I was ever ordered to give demerol was an awful experience that almost got me fired, and ended with someone else administering the medication because I refused, the patient ended up having to be given Narcan, and me being right after all.
  12. by   undertakeress
    The hospital I am doing my clinicals at uses primarily Dilaudid.

    On a personal note, I can't have morphine (hives at the injection site) or phenergan (makes me freak out) or toradol (anaphlaxis)...so when the lovely kidney stones (of which I've had 8) rear their head, 1mg of Dilaudid usually does the trick to ease the pain, usually combined with 25mg of Benadryl.
  13. by   Dolce
    Really depends on where you work and what the doctors order. I give morphine most frequently where I work.
  14. by   Virgo_RN
    Morphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone. We don't use demerol or phenergan a whole lot. Typically we use Zofran or Compazine for nausea.

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