Explain When Injectable Hydromorphone Might Be Used for Opioid Use Disorder
Canada is the first country to approve injectable hydromorphone (Hydromorphone HP) for severe opioid use disorder.
These are patients with multiple challenging symptoms...long-term high-dose opioid use, need for increasing amounts for fulfillment, social and occupational impacts, etc.
First-line oral methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) don't always work for these patients. For example, sometimes the PROCESS of injecting helps manage withdrawal symptoms.