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Can I use Exalgo if I have a history of lung disease?

People who have lung disease should not take Exalgo (hydromorphone), a strong medication used to relieve continuous moderate to severe pain. Exalgo affects the central nervous system, and can bring about respiratory depression, in which breathing becomes slow and shallow. This could be dangerous for someone whose breathing is already compromised because of a lung condition.

If you have sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, asthma or any other lung condition, be sure to tell your doctor so that he or she can find a safe medication for managing your pain.

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