Opana belongs to a class of drugs referred to as narcotic pain relievers. It has properties that can be compared to those of morphine.
Also known as oxymorphone, Opana is effective when used as a prescription pain reliever in the management of moderate to severe pain. It cannot be administered to patients suffering discomfort as a result of undergoing any surgical procedure except for patients who were had already been using the medication before the procedure. However, this usage should also be sanctioned by a health care provider. Its extended release form is used for continuous treatment of pain.
Health care providers may sometimes suggest the use of Opana for purposes other than the control of pain.
Opana should be taken in the precise dosages and at the frequency prescribed by a health care provider. Be sure to read the information provided on the label before taking the tablets, and consult your doctor if you have any doubts concerning the safety of the medication in your particular case. Never use Opana for any purpose other than for those recommended by a qualified doctor. Avoid using the medication for a longer period of time than has been suggested by your doctor, as this may result in the development of a dependency. Inform your health care provider if the effects of the medication seem to be weakening. Do NOT increase the amount you have been prescribed.
When taking the medicine, make sure that you swallow the entire pill. Do not break, chew or crush the tablets. The medicine content should be absorbed into the bloodstream gradually. Crushing or breaking the tablet can lead to a release of excessive amounts of the drug all at once, and this can have damaging side effects. Doctors recommend that the medication should be swallowed without food. Inform your doctor of any affects you experience after using the medication without food. If you experience any discomfort taking this medication, avoid terminating use of the drug abruptly, because this can result in painful withdrawal symptoms. The drug should be kept in a secure place and at normal room temperature. Children should not be allowed to gain access to the family drug cabinet. Never store you medication in a place easily accessed by children or teenagers.
Opana can be addictive and must not be shared. It should never be taken by another person, particularly anyone whose medical past has been characterized by drug abuse and addiction. Avoid drinking any alcoholic beverage when using Opana medication. Serious side effects and even death can result from the interaction of alcohol in combination with any opiate medications.
It is important to consult your health care provider if you experience any of the following side effects after using Opana:
Inform your health care provider if any of the following less harmful side effects of Opana persist for more than three days.