Thought I'd do some research on this medication so we all know what it is and what it is NOT.
Exalgo = Hydromorphone
"Hydromorphone, a more common synonym for dihydromorphinone and dimorphone, commonly a hydrochloride (trade names Palladone, Palladone SR, Dilaudid
and numerous others) is a potent centrally-acting analgesic drug of the opioid class. It is a derivative of morphine, specifically a hydrogenated ketone thereof and therefore a semi-synthetic drug. It is both medically an opioid analgesic and legally a narcotic. It should not be confused with hydromorphinol, also known as 14-hydroxydihydromorphine and RAM-320 nor dihydromorphine (Paramorfan). While all of these are strong opioids, they are indeed different drugs. Additional confusion arises from the fact that in a handful of countries hydromorphinol is distributed under the trade name Numorphan, which is the trade name for oxymorphone in the rest of the world according to the current version of The A-Z Encyclopaedia of Alcohol & Drug Abuse and other references."
There will be a lot of restrictions on the dispensing of this medication so for most people it won't be as easy as getting a prescript
ion from you doctor, filling it at the pharmacy and taking it. You will have to enroll in their program, pharmacies will go through training as will the doctors. Here's a link to more information on that topic. updates.pain-topics.org/2009/09/new-opioid-exalgo-on-slippery-slope-of.html
A couple of sad things I noticed were... some bloggers are happy since alcoholic beverages don't seem to have an effect on this medications. But more disturbing for me was that at least 95% of the articles online deal with the money side of this medication and very little with what it can do to help people with chronic pain.
I do hope this information helps but more than that I hope this medication comes through for those in need of pain relief and not with so many restrictions that it's impossible to get and use.
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."
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