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Can I use Exalgo if I have a history of digestive problems?

People who have a history of digestive problems should not take Exalgo (hydromorphone), a strong medication used to relieve continuous moderate to severe pain. The extended-release tablet does not change shape while traveling through the gastrointestinal tract, so the tablet could become stuck and cause a blockage. This also could make diagnosing or treating a preexisting abdominal disease more difficult.

You should not take Exalgo if you have:
  • a bowel blockage (called paralytic ileus)
  • narrowing of the stomach or intestines
  • had surgery to the abdominal area
  • cystic fibrosis
  • short gut syndrome
  • other stomach problems

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