hydromorphone extended release - oral, Exalgo
GENERIC NAME: HYDROMORPHONE EXTENDED RELEASE - ORAL (hye-droe-MOR-fone)
BRAND NAME(S): Exalgo
Hydromorphone has a high risk for abuse and severe, possibly fatal, breathing problems. The risk for harm is higher if you take the wrong dose/strength, or if you take it along with other drugs that might also affect breathing. Be sure you know how to take hydromorphone and what other drugs you should avoid taking with it. Get immediate medical help if you notice unusual slow/shallow breathing.
Keep this medicine in a safe place to prevent theft, misuse, or abuse. If a child accidentally swallows this drug, get emergency medical help right away.
Hydromorphone extended-release should be used only if you have been regularly taking moderate to large amounts of narcotic pain medication. This medication may cause overdose (even death) if taken by a person who has not been regularly taking narcotic medication. This medication should be used only for ongoing pain that requires strong narcotic pain medication at all times for an extended period. It should not be used for quick relief (for use as needed) of sudden, short-term or "breakthrough" pain.
This product is designed to slowly release hydromorphone. Do not break, crush, or chew this medication. Taking broken, crushed, or chewed forms of extended-release hydromorphone could cause overdose.
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