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Can I use Exalgo if I am taking butorphanol?

If you're taking the pain relief medication butorphanol (Stadol), you should not also take Exalgo (hydromorphone). Exalgo is also a pain reliever, prescribed for continuous moderate to severe pain. Both drugs are opioids, which mean they work on the same receptors in the brain. For that reason, butorphanol can cause Exalgo to be less effective. Make sure your doctor knows that you're on butorphanol if he or she wants to prescribe Exalgo.

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