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Opana is a medication prescribed to patients in order to relieve severe, ongoing pain. It is classified as an opioid analgesic which influences the way the brain and body interpret pain in order to reduce severe pain. This medication is manufactured in extended-release tablets and should only be used to treat ongoing pain. Do not use Opana “as needed” or for mild or short-term pain.

Opana may produce side effects in some patients during the beginning of treatment. Common side effects associated with Opana include nausea, vomiting, headache, constipation, dry mouth, mild itching, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. These common side effects do not require medical attention and should go away as the body adjusts to Opana. If they do not go away or get worse, be sure to let your doctor know.

Serious side effects of Opana are uncommon; however, if you experience them you should immediately contact your doctor. These serious side effects include 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. In addition, you should seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible if you experience any of the following severe side effects of Opana: slow or shallow breathing, fainting, seizures, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, or signs of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itching and swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.

Opana Withdrawal and Detox
If you no longer want to use Opana, set up a meeting with your doctor. Usually, doctors will gradually lower an Opana patient’s dosage over time. This strategy, known as tapering off, will help patients avoid experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. You should never stop using Opana suddenly or “cold turkey,” as this will increase your risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. In addition, you should never adjust your Opana dosage or treatment schedule without receiving explicit instructions from your doctor.
Common Opana withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, sweating, yawning, tearing up, runny nose, chills, muscle pain, pupil dilation, abdominal pain, nausea, backache, joint pain, weakness, insomnia, irritability, vomiting, increased blood pressure, heightened or irregular heart rate, increased respiration, and anorexia.
On average, patients who are going through Opana withdrawal will start to experience symptoms within 14 to 18 hours of the last dose. These symptoms can last anywhere from 5 to 7 days; however, these are only estimates. Everyone goes through withdrawal differently, so some patients may experience symptoms for a longer or shorter period of time.
If you are having trouble managing your Opana withdrawal symptoms, seek a medically assisted detoxification program to support you during this difficult time. Remember, no one goes through withdrawal the same way, so do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Opana patients should keep an updated list of their medications and share it with their doctors. Be sure to include any herbal products or over-the-counter drugs on this list, as they can have an interaction with Opana.

Products which have been shown to adversely interact with Opana include cough-and-cold syrups, pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and naltrexone.

The risk of experiencing serious side effects may increase when Opana is taken with other medications that cause drowsiness or breathing problems. Notify your doctor or pharmacist if you use any of the following medications: codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis, sleeping drugs, alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine. In addition, be sure to check the labels on your allergy or cough-and-cold medications since they often contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.

Using Opana may also interfere with certain laboratory tests, such as amylase and lipase levels. Make sure laboratory personnel know you that use Opana, as the drug may cause false results in these tests.

Finding an Opana center to fit your unique recovery needs is an important first step in living a happier, healthier, substance-free life. If you are unsure about which program you should enter, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what kind of Opana center is right for you.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, get help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many treatment options that can be tailored to fit each patient’s unique needs. For more information, visit us online at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at 855-548-9825.

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