GENERIC NAME: HYDROMORPHONE EXTENDED RELEASE - ORAL (hye-droe-MOR-fone)
BRAND NAME(S): Exalgo
WARNING: 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. The risk for breathing problems might also be higher when you start this medication and after a dose increase. 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 product is designed to slowly release hydromorphone. Do not break, crush, dissolve, or chew this medication. Taking broken, crushed, dissolved, or chewed forms of extended-release hydromorphone could cause a fatal overdose.
USES: See also Warning section.This medication contains hydromorphone in a long-acting form. It is used to help relieve moderate to severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Hydromorphone belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotic (opiate) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.Do not use the extended-release form of hydromorphone to relieve pain that is mild or that will go away in a few days. This medication is not for occasional ("as needed") use.
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