Opana (Oxymorphone) Addiction & Abuse
Oxymorphone is used not only as a pain reliever but also sometimes as something given to patients before an operation to help alleviate anxiety or fear. Oxymorphone extended-release tablets are sometimes used to manage chronic pain in people who are already opioid-tolerant and using an immediate-release opioid. Possible adverse side effects of oxymorphone include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth and drowsiness. These are the common side effects, but there are other more serious negative effects possible with oxymorphone as well, including fatal respiratory depression.
There is a black box warning issued with oxymorphone regarding the risks of addiction, dependence, and overdose. Before someone gets prescribed oxymorphone, their doctor should go over their medical history and any history they might have of substance misuse. Oxymorphone is also a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. This highlights the fact that the DEA and the federal government see oxymorphone as having a high potential for severe dependence, physically and psychologically.
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While the lengths of treatment vary, all inpatient rehabs require patients live in the treatment facility. A short-term oxymorphone rehab usually lasts for 28 days or more. A long-term inpatient or residential oxymorphone rehab may last for anywhere from six to 12 months. During long-term inpatient rehab, patient’s treatment plans focus not only on the addiction but also on how they can change their lifestyle, behavioral, and thought patterns to live a productive life. Most long-term inpatient rehab programs offer in-depth services, including supportive therapies and employment training. The commonality between all forms of inpatient oxymorphone rehab is the highly structured, supervised environment. Patients don’t have the ability to come and go as they please, and their days are highly regimented. This level of structure and supervision can be beneficial for many people who are struggling with addiction.
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