Opana – FAQ

Opana (oxymorphone when sold as a generic) is a very strong opioid analgesic drug in the narcotic family that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. With a strength that is equivalent to 30 mg of morphine, it is considered a Class II narcotic by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which has deemed it to be a drug with a high risk for abuse and addiction.

It is made using thebaine as one of its primary components. Thebaine is derived from the opium poppy plant. This and other chemical components of Opana work on the user’s brain to block pain by binding to opioid receptors.

Opana is often sought out by those who use drugs recreationally as an alternative to the once popular OxyContin which went through a formulation change, making it harder to modify for consumption via inhalation or injection. Abuse of Opana occurs because of the euphoric effects it produces – like those felt from taking heroin. Users often become tolerant to the drug and find themselves taking more of it to achieve the same level of “high.” This tolerance can lead to a dependency on the drug and from there, an addiction follows. Signs of an addiction include taking the drug in large doses or frequently consuming it, an inability to stop using the drug, physical changes, and emotional changes (typically centered on drug seeking actions).

For anyone who wishes to stop using Opana, medical supervision is suggested as withdrawal symptoms can be quite uncomfortable and should be managed properly under professional guidance.