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Opana is a highly addictive opioid pain reliever that’s derived from morphine. Its generic name is oxymorphone hydrochloride. Opana is prescribed for the management of moderate to severe pain. Opana is also used to address patient apprehension before surgery, as an obstetric analgesic, and for maintenance during general anesthesia.

Opana use has several risk factors. The most serious risk factor is respiratory depression. Patients should only be given Opana for pain management after other milder pain relievers have proven to be inadequate or if they are contraindicated. The minimum effective dose should be used to avoid the risk of severe complications.

Opana use is tightly regulated by the Federal Drug Administration due to its high abuse potential. When it is abused recreationally, Opana has an especially high rate of overdose. Opana is derived from morphine, which is made from opium. Opana and other forms of oxymorphone hydrochloride are roughly ten times more powerful than morphine.

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Several physical, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms can indicate that someone is misusing or abusing Opana. Physical symptoms that you should look for include constricted pupils, nausea, vomiting, and itchy skin. Itchy skin is a result of a histamine response (allergic reaction) that many individuals have when they are taking large and frequent doses of the drug. Some patients are hypersensitive to Opana and may have flushed, itchy skin even with mild or infrequent doses of the drug.

Patients may also experience fatigue, lethargy, difficulty staying awake during normal hours, poor memory, brain fog, and confusion. As addiction to Opana progresses, they may begin to exhibit significant behavioral changes, such as drug-seeking behavior.

It is common for someone who is struggling with opioid addiction to begin seeing multiple doctors for prescriptions of the drug. Hospitals and pharmacies are aware of this problem. Across the US, programs are in place to help track the distribution of opioids to specific patients between hospitals and dispensaries.

Individuals arriving in the emergency room are thoroughly questioned and examined for indications of drug-seeking behavior and evidence of opioid misuse and abuse, including track marks from injection sites on the arms and legs. A significant percentage of individuals who turn to street heroin are introduced to opioids in the medical setting.

There are several social indicators of Opana abuse and opioid addiction. The patient may begin to lose interest in social activities that they once valued. Friend groups may shift to those that are involved in regularly using drugs, which allows for easier access to the drug. Family priorities may fall by the wayside and self-care habits, such as exercise and eating healthy, may take a backseat to drug-seeking behavior.

For many individuals who get caught up in the cycle of Opana and opioid misuse and abuse, an intervention with family and friends may be necessary to bring awareness to the issue. Often, the patient is unaware of the impact their behavior is having on family and friends. Feelings should be shared in a non-accusatory manner.

Opana withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Medical detox can ease the severity of withdrawals through opioid replacement therapy. Opioid replacement therapy involves replacing potent, short-acting opioids with less potent, longer-acting opioids. Various medications can be administered to reduce the nausea, vomiting, fever, anxiety, and depression that can accompany opioid withdrawals.

Upon completion of medical detox, the patient will have the option to enter either an inpatient or outpatient recovery program. Most programs require patients to complete detox before being eligible for enrollment. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms from Opana use are typically psychologically and physically debilitating for at least the first week following discontinuation of use. Any attempt at counseling and therapy tends to be unproductive until this phase has passed.
Inpatient therapy typically lasts four weeks, although some patients may be asked to stay longer. Participants in the program take part in multiple group and individual counseling sessions each day. Inpatient recovery programs allow patients to focus intensely on recovery without the daily distractions at home and work or the temptation to engage in drug-seeking behaviors.
Following inpatient therapy, patients are encouraged to enroll in an outpatient program. Many inpatient facilities have an affiliated outpatient program. Outpatient therapy typically meets three times each week.
Choosing a recovery center is an important first step in beginning your path to living a happier, healthier, drug-free life. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol dependence, The Recovery Village is here to help. Visit us online at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call toll-free at 855-548-9825 to connect with resources in your area.

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