oxymorphone

Oxymorphone Abuse

Oxymorphone is the generic name for Opana, Opana ER and Numorphone HCI. The narcotic pain reliever treats moderate to severe pain and the extended release version treats around-the-clock pain.

The opioid medication can be habit-forming, leading to problems including the development of tolerance, abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose. Once a patient becomes physically addicted, withdrawal symptoms will set in once use is stopped abruptly. Abuse of prescription drugs containing oxymorphone can include any behavior that goes against the drug’s label and prescribing directions.

Most of the patients in the Waismann Method program for rapid opiate detox become dependent upon oxymorphone or other painkillers accidentally. Once a tolerance builds and the drug’s effects are diminished, patients may begin to escalate use, take it with other substances or abuse it in other ways.

Compassionate, safe treatment is available for oxymorphone addiction. The potent medication is considered a drug of abuse and is also used recreationally by those without a legitimate prescription.

What Behaviors Constitute Oxymorphone Abuse?

The signs of oxymorphone abuse are similar to those associated with other prescription drugs. The drug can be easily diverted from pharmacies, hospitals and those patients with prescriptions. From here, it is often sold or traded illicitly. Common actions among those who abuse the drug can include:

  • Doctor-shopping to secure more than one supply
  • Fake call-ins for refills
  • Falsification of prescriptions.

Abuse can include overuse, tampering with the medication or combining it with other substances to heighten the effects. This can be dangerous as oxymorphone is a central nervous system depressant. Combining it with other medications that have the same effect can be lethal. These can include:

  • Alcohol
  • Sedatives
  • Tranquilizers
  • Other opiates.

A preoccupation with consuming or obtaining a particular drug can be an indication that physical and/or psychological dependence have taken hold. Misuse can quickly escalate, leading to addiction and/or overdose. Professional medical detox is essential.

Safety, Compassion and Confidentiality are Cornerstones of Waismann Method Detox

The Waismann Method of rapid detox offers quick and humane drug detox. For more than a decade, we have safely treated thousands of people who suffer prescription painkiller dependence. We offer hope and the chance for sustained recovery with an in-hospital, pharmaceutical-based procedure.

This procedure takes less than two hours and uses medicine to cleanse oxymorphone from patients’ opiate receptors. This happens while patients sleep under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists.

The withdrawal phase is accelerated and occurs while patients are sedated. This allows them to awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred.

Our total required stay is a few days compared to the weeks or months you’d typically spend in other programs. We don’t use opiate replacement drugs such as Suboxone or methadone to wean patients as we know this could lead to a second dependence. Our program is discreet and we honor your need to protect privacy.

Post-Procedure After-Care

We also offer a transitional living program through our Domus Retreat facility for those who wish to extend recovery.

Read more about the Post-Procedure After-Care.

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