Oxymorphone Hydrochloride Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects

Oxymorphone hydrochloride is a medication that is prescribed to patients who suffer from severe, chronic pain.

Specifically, oxymorphone hydrochloride is an opioid analgesic that relieves pain by changing how the brain and body interpret pain signals. As with starting to take any new medication, you may begin to experience some side effects after starting your oxymorphone hydrochloride treatment.

Normal side effects of oxymorphone hydrochloride include nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation, increased sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness and drowsiness. Tell your doctor if these common side effects persist or worsen.

Although they are uncommon, serious side effects are possible with the use of oxymorphone hydrochloride. Call your doctor right away if you notice any serious side effects of oxymorphone hydrochloride such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, vision changes, fast heartbeat, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Extremely dangerous and severe side effects of oxymorphone hydrochloride include slow or shallow breathing, fainting, seizure, severe drowsiness or difficulty waking up. Seek medical attention immediately if any of these severe oxymorphone hydrochloride symptoms occur.

Patients who are taking oxymorphone hydrochloride as prescribed by their doctor may still be at risk of developing an addiction or dependence to the drug. You may notice certain signs of oxymorphone hydrochloride addiction. They may include becoming obsessed with finding and taking the drug or becoming apathetic about the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. If you notice these oxymorphone hydrochloride addiction signs, seek help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village offers a variety of resources for those looking to overcome their substance use disorder.
Patients who have been undergoing oxymorphone hydrochloride treatment for a prolonged period of time may notice long-term effects. One long-term effect of oxymorphone hydrochloride use is developing a physical dependence upon the medication. This, in turn, may cause patients to become physically ill or mentally distressed if they run out of the drug or stop taking oxymorphone hydrochloride.

Using oxymorphone hydrochloride long term may also affect your respiratory system, especially if the medication is abused. Respiratory distress is possible and is defined as the slowing and stopping of breathing. Respiratory distress is often the main condition that leads to fatal overdoses in people who take opioid painkillers, such as oxymorphone hydrochloride.

If you or someone you know is struggling with oxymorphone hydrochloride addiction or another form of a substance use disorder, do not delay in getting the help you need. The Recovery Village has a variety of treatment options to fit each patient’s needs and will be with you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

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