Opana Addiction and Abuse

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Opana is a prescription medication given to patients to relieve severe, ongoing pain. Opana should not be used “as needed” to treat mild or short-term pain. It is classified as an opioid analgesic, which means that it reduces pain by changing the way the brain and body respond to it.

Common side effects of Opana, which do not require medical attention, include nausea, vomiting, headache, constipation, dry mouth, mild itching, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. Promptly notify your doctor if these common Opana side effects persist or worsen over time.

Serious side effects of Opana are uncommon but they are important to be aware of. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects: mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, stomach or abdominal pain, vision changes, slow or fast heartbeat, difficulty urinating, difficulty swallowing Opana, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss.

Opana Addiction and Abuse
Opana should only be used as directed by your doctor. This medication should be taken on a regular schedule -not as needed to manage sudden or breakthrough pain.

Opana should be taken by mouth without food at least 1 to 2 hours before eating, usually every 12 hours. Opana tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not break, chew, dissolve, crush, pre-soak, lick, or wet the tablets before putting them in your mouth. The tablets should be taken one at a time.

Remember, your Opana dosage is based on your medical condition and how responsive you are to treatment. Do not increase or adjust your Opana dosage as your risk of side effects may increase. In addition, do not use Opana more often than directed.

Before starting treatment with Opana, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether you should change how you use any other opioid medications you may be taking.

If you begin to think that someone in your life has started abusing Opana, seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs which may point to an Opana addiction can include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Opana, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, suffering financial losses, and performing poorly or irregularly at school or work.
Seeking an aftercare program after completing initial Opana addiction treatment is important, as patients are always at risk of relapse if they have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder. Aftercare programs can provide continued therapy to help patients best minimize the risk of relapse.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Opana addiction or another substance abuse disorder, seek the help you need right away. To learn more about the life-saving programs and opportunities offered through The Recovery Village, go online and visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our 24-hour toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825. Although recovery isn’t always easy, The Recovery Village promises to be with you each step of the way.