Published on:
July 29th, 2009

An overdose of oxymorphone, a narcotic analgesic, can be fatal. Taking too much of the drug or combining it with other substances can result in overdose.

Oxymorphone is the generic name for prescription medications including Opana and Opana ER. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain and the extended release version treats around-the-clock pain. An overdose can happen to those patients using oxymorphone for legitimate therapeutic purposes, those who use it recreationally and those who abuse it.

Oxymorphone is a potent opioid that works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system, blocking pain. It is considered a drug of abuse and can be habit-forming if abused or used for prolonged periods. Patients taking oxymorphone should read its prescribing label carefully as it lists possible interactions, allergic reactions and warnings on use.

Oxymorphone Overdose Signs and Possible Treatments

An oxymorphone overdose can lead to death so it’s important to know the risks and signs and to take it exactly as prescribed. Emergency medical attention should be sought if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Cold
  • Clammy skin
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting or breathing that stops.

An overdose can be accidental or intentional in nature. The symptoms of an oxymorphone overdose can manifest in different ways in patients and depend on several factors. These can include:

  • How much was taken
  • How the body metabolizes the drug
  • Whether it was taken in combination with other substances such as alcohol, other prescription drugs or illicit drugs.

If the overdose is recent, doctors may induce vomiting, pump the stomach or use activated charcoal so the body doesn’t absorb the oxymorphone. An antidote may also be given to counteract the effects of an oxymorphone overdose.

Discreet and Safe Treatment Available for Oxymorphone Addiction

Prolonged use, misuse or abuse can lead quickly to physical and/or psychological dependence. The Waismann Method of rapid detox can reverse oxymorphone addiction in less than two hours using a pioneering medical procedure.

Our expertly-designed program can get you opiate free in a matter of days, putting safety, comfort and confidentiality first. The difficult withdrawal period is accelerated with our procedure, which:

  • Takes place in a fully-accredited hospital in southern California.
  • Patients sleep lightly for a short time while under deep sedation.
  • Medication is administered at this point to cleanse the oxymorphone from patients’ opiate receptors.
  • The withdrawal symptoms occur while patients are under and they awake without the awareness they went through it.
  • We don’t use opiate replacement therapy to treat opiate addiction so there is no need to worry about becoming addicted to another opiate and having to go through a second detox.
  • Read more about Rapid Detox with the Waismann Method.

Our Domus Retreat transitional living facility is also made available to those patients who want to continue recovery work. Our compassionate and pampering environment helps patients relax and recuperate with counseling, massage, biofeedback and other therapies. Read more about the Post-Procedure After-Care.

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