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Exalgo Withdrawal

If you abruptly stop taking Exalgo (hydromorphone), withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur. Although these symptoms are unpleasant, they are not expected to cause life-threatening complications. Some symptoms may include sweating, insomnia, and irritability. In order to limit withdrawal, your healthcare provider may decrease your Exalgo dose at a gradual rate.

Withdrawing From Exalgo: An Introduction

Exalgo™ (hydromorphone ER) is a prescription narcotic pain medication. If you have been taking it for a while and stop taking it too quickly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. This is possible in situations of abuse, as well as with normal, legitimate use of the drug.

Symptoms of Exalgo Withdrawal

Unlike withdrawal from alcohol and many other drugs, withdrawal from Exalgo is unlikely to cause life-threatening problems. Symptoms of Exalgo withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:
  • Muscle pain
  • Goose bumps
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Dilated (wide open) pupils
  • Restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Backaches
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal (stomach) cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fast breathing
  • A rapid heart rate.

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Gradually, the body becomes accustomed to the many different effects of Exalgo. If you stop taking it too quickly -- or even if you lower your dose too abruptly -- Exalgo withdrawal symptoms may occur. This is a normal, predictable, physical response to stopping a narcotic; it is not necessarily a sign of abuse. Withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug, as well as with Exalgo abuse.
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