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Anyone using Exalgo 16mg. (hydromorphone hydrochloride)
rjbeck77 posted:
My doctor is switching me from methadone and oxycodone to Exalgo 16mg Qid with 4mg dilaudid for break thru pain. Does anybody have any experience with exalgo for there main pain medication. also any problems with your insurance covering the cost.Thanks RB
cweinbl responded:
You are on two drugs that have similar chemical properties. They are both derived from hydromorphone. Exalgo is extended release hydromorphone and dilaudid is short-acting. Exalgo is for the opioid-tolerant patient.

Dilaudid has been around for years. I doubt if an insurance carrier would have a problem with it. Exalgo was released for commercial rights in the US in 2009. I'm not sure how insurance carriers would view it.

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