Opana (Oxymorphone) Withdrawal & Detox

Oxymorphone is an opioid. The drug is for helping people with major pain. Oxymorphone has a high addiction risk due to the high it gives people. Dependence can also occur. When people use the drug, it affects their opioid receptors and causes changes in the brain. After the brain changes due to drug use, a person may have withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it. Those symptoms are due to the body trying to work without the drug. Some symptoms can include:

  • Sweating
  • Tears
  • Chills
  • Big pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Yawning a lot
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Changes in breathing
The oxymorphone withdrawal timeline shows how long a person can feel symptoms after they stop using the drug. Some factors play a role in how long symptoms last, like how long someone used the drug, how fast they stop drug use and if they are also affected by other drugs. Withdrawal symptoms can start about 14 to 18 hours after using the drug. The peak of withdrawal can be about two days after the last use.

The first symptoms can feel like a mild case of the flu and may also include anxiety, insomnia, agitation and drug cravings. During the peak, a person may feel sick, have chills and experience cravings. After a week, most people’s symptoms start going away. Other people can experience issues for longer. Any ongoing symptoms are likely psychological. For example, for months after withdrawal ends, a person can feel depression or anxiety.

People should speak to a doctor if they are dependent on a drug. Doctors can treat symptoms in certain ways for the best results. For example, doctors may reduce the dose of the drug slowly. This action is called tapering. People may be told to taper their drug use to avoid harsh withdrawal symptoms.

Medical detox can also be used for treatment. People should avoid trying to detox at home without proper help. While oxymorphone withdrawal isn’t likely to be deadly, a person can feel major discomfort.

Since oxymorphone is an opioid, people can take specific drugs to ease detox. These types of drugs are maintenance drugs. By giving someone these drugs, withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings are reduced. This usage makes it more likely that people can complete drug treatment.

Naltrexone is one such option. It doesn’t replace the effects of opioids, but it does deter people from using more opioids. This drug can also limit cravings. Speak to a doctor to learn about other drugs that can help people stop using an opioid.

Choosing to detox with medical experts can help with addiction. At a medical detox center, you can get the care they need. Symptoms can be treated and doctors can help you manage your mental health. After detox, you may move to addiction treatment. Sometimes a detox center is part of a larger treatment center. The detox process is usually shorter than addiction treatment.

If you have questions about detox or other treatment options, call The Recovery Village to learn about what can work for you.

Medical Disclaimer: The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

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