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Precautions and Warnings With Hydromorphone ER

Who Should Not Take This Drug?

You should not take hydromorphone ER if you:
  • Are allergic to Exalgo, hydromorphone, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication (including sulfites). Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients. If you are allergic to other narcotics or opiates, you may also be allergic to hydromorphone ER.
  • Are unaccustomed to taking significant amounts of opioids.
  • Have significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes), unless resuscitative equipment and close monitoring are available.
  • Have severe asthma or are having an asthma attack.
  • Have had previous gastrointestinal surgery or other risk factors that may increase your chance of having gastrointestinal narrowing.
  • Have a bowel obstruction (paralytic ileus).

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which this drug should not be taken, as well as several safety concerns people should be aware of before starting it. However, it is possible that not all of the warnings or precautions with hydromorphone ER were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific issues that may apply to you.
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