This prescription medication is a narcotic and meant for treating moderate to severe pain. It’s the generic name for medications including Opana, Opana ER and Numorphan HCI.
Oxymorphone is said to act similar to morphine. Opana ER is the extended release version and used to treat moderate to severe, around-the-clock pain. Oxymorphone works by attaching to receptors in the brain and nervous system to block pain. One of the most important things to know about oxymorphone and other potent narcotic analgesics is that they can be habit-forming. It is also considered a drug of abuse and can lead to problems including the development of tolerance, physical and psychological addiction, abuse, overdose, withdrawal symptoms and the need for medical detox.
Oxymorphone is not for everyone so you should check the product’s instructions on use before taking it. It can interact with other medications and medical conditions. It’s essential to take oxymorphone only as prescribed. Taking it more often than recommended or in higher doses could lead to dependence or overdose.
Important Safety Information When Taking Oxymorphone
This opiate medication should be taken cautiously. Because it can cause drowsiness, dizziness and lightheadedness, it should not be taken with alcohol, other narcotics and certain other medications. The combination of oxymorphone and other substances could heighten side effects. The elderly may be more sensitive to side effects and the effectiveness of oxymorphone has not been established in children under 18. The drug may cause harm to a fetus so pregnant women should talk to their doctors and weigh the benefits and risks.
Misuse or abuse of the drug can lead to serious side effects including:
- Breathing problems.
Constipation is a common side effect among patients taking opiates and could become severe.
Other commonly reported side effects can include:
- Dry mouth.
Allergic reaction is also possible and may require medical attention.
Waismann Method Offers Opiate-Free Solution to Oxymorphone Addiction
Patients who take oxymorphone for a prolonged period may develop a tolerance which can lead to overuse or abuse. Once addiction develops, medical detox becomes a necessity.
The Waismann Method of rapid detox has offered hope and recovery for more than a decade to thousands of patients who develop opiate addiction. For many it’s an accidental addiction that develops. Our safe, humane and discreet program allows patients to be in and out of the hospital in days with our medical procedure. The procedure itself takes less than two hours and intravenous medications are used to cleanse opiates from patients’ opiate receptors.
The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while patients are under deep sedation. They awake opiate-free and are unaware of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred while they were under. They are closely monitored for a few days and are given a prescription for a daily dose of the opioid antagonist Naltrexone for up to a year. We also have an optional aftercare program at our Domus Retreat transitional living facility.
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