Opana (Oxymorphone) Overdose Risk
When someone uses oxymorphone or any opioid, it activates opioid receptors. This can alter the sending of pain signals from the body to the brain. Opioids can also trigger a release of the neurotransmitter dopamine into the brain and body. Dopamine causes a sense of euphoria or pleasant feelings. When the brain is exposed to something like oxymorphone that causes pleasant feelings, a reward and reinforcement cycle may begin which can lead to an addiction. Oxymorphone and other opioids are mostly Schedule II controlled substances in the U.S. This indicates the federal government’s view that prescription opioids have a significant potential for misuse, addiction and dependence and should be carefully regulated.
- Taking higher doses than prescribed
- Continuing to take it even when pain is no longer an issue
- Taking it more often than instructed
- Using oxymorphone without a prescription
- Combining oxymorphone with alcohol
- Using oxymorphone with other central nervous system depressants like benzodiazepines
- Using multiple opioids simultaneously
- Detoxing from opioids and then reusing them (the person’s tolerance would likely be lower, which would make them more susceptible to an overdose)
- Injecting or snorting opioids like oxymorphone
- Nodding off or losing consciousness
- Tiny pinpoint pupils
- Slow pulse
- Irregular breathing
- Lips or fingernails seem to be purple
- Gurgling or snoring sounds
- Awake but not able to talk
- Limp body
If someone is displaying any signs or symptoms of an oxymorphone overdose, they need emergency medical care immediately. With opioids like oxymorphone, a reversal drug called naloxone can be administered, but it has to be done right away. Even if someone is given naloxone, they still need emergency medical care to prevent or treat any complications or damage that may have occurred. If someone is overdosing on oxymorphone and they don’t receive the appropriate emergency care, they may suffer brain damage, go into a coma or die.
Drug overdose can be fatal. If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. Do NOT be afraid to seek help. If you do not have access to a phone contact Web Poison Control Services for online assistance.
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