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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