What is Opana?
Opana is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
it is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
ER, the extended-release form of oxymorphone, is for around-the-clock treatment of pain and should not be used on an as-needed basis for pain.
You should not use the drug if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or moderate to severe liver disease.
Oxymorphone can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THE DRUG CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking Opana during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use Opana with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take the drug if you are allergic to oxymorphone, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problems;
- severe liver disease; or
- a stomach or bowel obstruction (including paralytic ileus).
To make sure the drug is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- breathing problems, sleep apnea (breathing that stops during sleep);
- a head injury or seizures;
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
- urination problems;
- liver or kidney problems; or
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.
If you use Opana while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.
Ask a doctor before using Opana if you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you notice severe drowsiness or slow breathing in the nursing baby.
How should I use Opana?
Take Opana exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Never use Opana in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more of this medicine.