What should I avoid while taking Exalgo?

While taking Exalgo (hydromorphone), do not:
  • drink alcohol or take any medication (over-the-counter or prescription) that contains alcohol. Both Exalgo, which is a powerful pain medication derived from morphine, and alcohol affect the central nervous system. Together they can interact to bring about a drop in blood pressure, extreme drowsiness and dangerously slow breathing, which ultimately could lead to coma and even death.
  • get behind the wheel of a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how Exalgo affects you. It can make you too sleepy to be able to safely drive or do anything that requires you to be totally alert.
  • take the once-daily tablet on an empty stomach, which may result in nausea.
  • veer away from your doctor's instructions. Take the drug exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise you risk serious side effects that can be life-threatening.
  • stop taking the medication suddenly. Doing so can cause withdrawal symptoms, including sweating, chills, muscle and joint pain, weakness, and anxiety and irritability. Your doctor will work with you to gradually wean you off the drug.

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