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Can I use Exalgo if I have a history of alcoholism?

Exalgo (hydromorphone), a strong medication used to relieve continuous moderate to severe pain, may not be right for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Exalgo is a controlled substance with the potential for abuse and addiction. Alcohol can worsen side effects of the drug or cause other problems, including slowed breathing, hypotension (low blood pressure) and profound sedation, which could lead to coma or even death.

If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or if someone in your family does, your doctor will decide whether Exalgo is right for you.

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