Opana Side Effects

A wide range of side effects is possible with all prescription drugs including Opana. This drug is the brand name for oxymorphone, a potent narcotic pain reliever said to be similar to morphine. Opana should be taken only as prescribed. Otherwise, side effects could be more pronounced and serious. Different patients can experience different side effects based on many factors including dosage, if other substances or prescription medications are being used and individual biochemistry. How someone reacts to Opana can depend on these and other factors. Some side effects with this opiate painkiller can be easily tolerated, while others may cause more serious internal distress. The drug’s label spells out how Opana should be used, what substances and medications should be avoided, possible interactions and information on side effects, dependency, allergic reaction, overdose and other risks.

Possible Side Effects with Opana Can Be Serious

Constipation is very common among opiate users and can turn serious if left unchecked. An allergic reaction can include signs of rash, wheezing, difficult breathing, closing of the throat, hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat. Other more commonly reported side effects include headache, mood changes, dry mouth, ringing in the ears, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and blurred vision. Overdose is also a possibility for those who use Opana for legitimate reasons and those who abuse it. Symptoms can include extreme drowsiness, fainting, nausea, sweating, muscle weakness, small pupils, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, depressed heart rate, coma, blue lips and shallow breathing. Taking Opana with alcohol can cause slowed breathing. Drowsiness can be magnified by patients who take it with alcohol, other narcotics, allergy medication and sleeping pills.

Safe, Effective Treatment for Opana Addiction

Opana can be a useful tool in pain management. However, it can also be considered a drug of abuse. Misusing it in any way can lead to addiction and the need for professional detox. The Waismann Method of rapid detox has successfully treated Opana addiction for more than a decade without opiate substitutes. In the majority of our patients, addiction developed after legitimate pain prompted a prescription from a medical professional. Our program includes an in-hospital procedure that uses medication to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors. They sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time and awake without the conscious awareness of the withdrawal symptoms that occurred while they were out. We manage the accelerated withdrawal phase so effectively that patients can recover more quickly and thoroughly. We also offer a separate program for aftercare that is optional. Our Domus Retreat transitional living facility offers a serene and pampering environment for guests to continue recovery. Therapies include counseling, massage and biofeedback.


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