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happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Pain Medications
FDA Approves Exalgo

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Exalgo (hydromorphone HCl) Extended-Release Tablets, (CII).

The indication for Exalgo is once daily administration for the management of moderate to severe pain in opioid-tolerant patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesia for an extended period of time.

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FDA has approved an extended release hydromorphone tablet. Hydromorphone is the synthetic opiate in dilaudid, so this is another option for chronic pain relief for opiate-tolerant chronic pain patients (or will be, when the red tape is complete!).

This is also good news for those of us at the beginning stages who are worried about maintaining throughout a lifetime!


  • Interesting - there was an extended-release version of hydromorphone (a semi-synthetic opioid some 7.5 times as potent as morphine) on the US market a few years ago (it was called Palladone) but it was withdrawn, due to fears of overdose (it remains available in the UK). I wonder why they are reintroducing it now under a different brand.
  • I am guessing they found a way to make it difficult to break down for injection or other ways of ingestion, or changed the formulation. Just a guess though.

    I am glad, being 43 with a severe injury! I really wish that, instead of taking things off the market, they'd make them available through highly trained PM doctors. I don't mind having to jump through hoops to get the stronger meds, I simply want to know they are there when the stuff I am using now is no longer effective.

    And thank you to whoever edited my post! I was not sure how to do that, although I knew it was important info!
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