What should I know about Exalgo before taking it?

There may be several medications or supplements you should not take while taking Exalgo (hydromorphone extended release), so your doctor must be aware of your full medical history and any allergies you have.  You must carefully follow the directions to avoid fatal side effects. This medication may cause physical dependence, so you should talk to your doctor about tapering the medication to avoid any withdrawal symptoms. You may be unable to take Exalgo if you are pregnant or nursing (some exceptions apply and your doctor will advise accordingly), or have or have ever had alcohol or drug addiction, a brain disorder, kidney or liver disease, mental disorder, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), intestinal conditions, enlarged prostate, paralytic ileus or swallowing problems. You should never sell or give away Exalgo.

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