Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone and is also available in extended-release version. The narcotic pain reliever is said to be similar to morphine and is meant to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release version is for around-the-clock pain. Though it can be used safely and successfully, Opana can be habit-forming, leading to tolerance, physical and psychological dependence, overdose and the need for professional detox. Oxymorphone is an opioid agonist and Schedule II Controlled Substance. Like all prescription medications, Opana comes with a label and instructions that spell out how it should be used, possible drug interactions, potential side effects and warnings on misuse, abuse and overdose.
Opana Side Effects and Allergic Reaction
Dangerous, even fatal, side effects can occur if Opana is used in combination with alcohol. It is a central nervous system depressant, so combining it with other substances that have this effect could be lethal. These include other narcotic drugs, muscle relaxers, sleeping medications, tranquilizers and sedatives. Opana can also affect thinking and reaction time so care should be used when performing tasks that require alertness such as driving. Medical treatment should be sought if any of these serious side effects develop: confusion, cold and clammy skin, shallow breathing, slowed heart beat, severe weakness or dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, seizures and convulsions. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can also be severe and include difficult breathing, hives, or swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue. Less serious, but more commonly reported side effects include constipation, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, dry mouth, sweating and itching.
Opana Tolerance and Addiction
As with other opiate medications, regular use of Opana can lead to the development of a tolerance. This is when the body becomes used to the medication and its effects are diminished. At this point, some patients will turn to escalating use or other means of misuse. A physical and/or psychological dependence could develop quickly. Physical dependence is evident when withdrawal symptoms set in once use is stopped suddenly. The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers rapid opiate detox that safely and effectively minimizes the pain and suffering of withdrawal.
Opiate-Free Treatment for Opana Addiction
The Waismann Method’s deep sedation-assisted procedure occurs in a hospital and uses intravenous medications to cleanse the Opana from patients’ opiate receptors. Patients sleep lightly under deep sedation during this procedure which takes less than two hours. They awake and are rid of their dependence and unaware of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred during the procedure. Like some other detox programs, we don’t use Suboxone or methadone to wean patients. These opiate replacements can also cause dependence. Our safe, humane and confidential program includes an optional transitional living facility. Our Domus Retreat center offers a serene and supportive environment for those who wish to pursue continued recovery.
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