Can I become dependent on or addicted to Exalgo?

It's possible to become dependent on or addicted to the powerful pain medication Exalgo (hydromorphone). Both dependency, in which your body will go into withdrawal if you stop taking a drug suddenly, and addiction, in which you take a drug more for pleasure than to relieve physical pain, are potential side effects of many pain drugs. However, they aren't inevitable. You're more at risk if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, so your doctor will need to know about that in order to decide if you can safely take Exalgo. And whether you have such a history or not, your doctor will put you on the lowest effective dose of Exalgo to minimize the chances that you become dependent on it or addicted to it, and he or she will monitor you carefully while you're taking it.

Continue Learning about Opiate Agonists

What should I avoid doing when taking opioid drugs for short-term pain?
Travis M. Hendry, MDTravis M. Hendry, MD
While taking opioid medication (strong medications that affect the way your brain handles pain s...
More Answers
Should opioids be prescribed for all types of pain?
Devi E. Nampiaparampil, MDDevi E. Nampiaparampil, MD
Opioids can be very helpful for acute pain management in the short term, but there are some side eff...
More Answers
What are opioid medications?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
Opioid pain medication is a common type of prescription pain medication. It is also sometimes call...
More Answers
What medications interact with opioids?
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, MDDr. Darria Long Gillespie, MD
If you are taking a benzodiazepine, mifepristone, or sodium oxybate, you should not take opioids. ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.