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Should I follow any precautions when taking alvimopan?

Tell your doctor about your current medicines, especially opiates. Avoid opiate use seven days before taking alvimopan. Your doctor may tell you not to take alvimopan if you have taken any opioid medications during the week before your surgery.

Be sure to mention any of the following: certain calcium channel blockers such as diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac and others) and verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan); cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune); itraconazole (Sporanox); certain medications for irregular heartbeat such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone) and quinidine; quinine (Qualaquin); and spironolactone (Aldactone, in Aldactazide). Your doctor may decide to change the doses of your medications or watch more carefully for side effects.

Let your doctor and pharmacist know about any other drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or plan to take.

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