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Exalgo Uses

How Does Exalgo Work?

Exalgo tablets are specially designed to release hydromorphone over an extended period. As a result, instead of taking short-acting hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) several times a day, you can take Exalgo just once a day.
Hydromorphone is an opioid narcotic medication that is chemically related to morphine. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces several different effects. These include but are not limited to:
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Cough suppression
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Unusual, unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual, pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Physical dependence.

Can Children Use Exalgo?

Exalgo is not approved for use in children or adolescents (age 17 or younger). Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this drug in children.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than chronic pain. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted legitimate off-label Exalgo uses.
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