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Opana or generically called oxymorphone is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain. As it is an opioid analgesic it affects the nervous system and reduces the effect of the pain receptors that send signals to the brain. This medicine can be taken after a long surgery or during the treatment of cancer.

In what dosage should Opana be taken

The dosage for this medication varies from person to person. Children below the age of 18 should not take this medicine. It depends on your gender, age, and most importantly the severity of your medical condition. It is preferred to take this medication 1 to 2 hours before a meal. The initial dosage of 10 to 20 mg every 4 to 6 hours should be taken. Do not increase the dosage without your doctor’s prescription. Your doctor may change your dosage after a couple of days according to how your body reacts to it. Long use of this medicine may result in medicine, not working. If this happens then talk to your doctor immediately.

Who should avoid using this medication?

If you are allergic to other oxymorphones, oxycodone( Percocet, Roxicodone, oxycontin, Roxicet, etc) codeine, etc then you should not use Opana as you may be allergic to it. If you have or had any lung disease, liver disease, kidney disorder, blockage in the stomach, or intestine then do not take this medication. Tell your doctor before starting the treatment if you have seizures, issues in urinating, problems with kidney or pancreas, gall bladder disease, or a thyroid disorder. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant then you should avoid using this medicine or at least talk to your doctor before starting it as this medicine can have life-threatening effects on the unborn. If you are a breastfeeding mother then avoid using this medication as it can easily pass down through breastmilk and leave life long diseases with the baby, including certain breathing disorders. People with a history of alcohol abuse or drug abuse should stay away from this medicine as it may be hard for them to stop using it. Older people should avoid using this medicine as it makes you drowsy and they are already weak and prone to falling.

How should this medicine be stored and what should be avoided during its use?

Driving, operating heavy machinery, or any activity which requires you to be alert should be avoided during the course of this medicine as it makes you drowsy. Intake of liquid or any other form of alcohol should not be allowed as it reacts with the medicine and can cause serious harm. If you miss a dose then take it when you remember, do not take the dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take double doses to compensate for the missed dose. This medicine should be stored at room temperature in a dry place. It should not be kept in a washroom and should be kept away from direct heat and light. Keep this medicine away from the reach of children and pets.

What are some side effects caused by this medicine?

Some common side effects caused by Opana are nausea, dry mouth, gas, vomiting, fast heartbeat, headache, feeling anxious, confused, extreme itching, excessive sweating, flushing, and redness of eyes. These are rare but some serious side effects of this medicine include agitation, aggressiveness, hallucinations, irregular menstrual cycle, hypersensitivity, jitters, depression, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, seizures, fever, life-threatening respiratory depression, shivering, severe muscle stiffness, loss of coordination, and diarrhea. If you observe these then contact your doctor immediately. It can be rare but if you get hives, severe rashes, pain in the chest, hoarseness, difficulty in breathing, swallowing, swelling of face, mouth, lips, eyes, or throat then it means you are having an allergic reaction to this medicine and you need medical assistance immediately. Another major drawback of this medicine is the risk of addiction. People who have a history of substance abuse have a higher risk of getting addicted to this medication.

What should be done in case of an overdose of this medicine?

If you or someone near you has overdosed on this medicine then medical help should be sought immediately. The symptoms of overdose include loss of consciousness, slow heartbeat, weak muscles, clammy skin, difficulty in breathing, slow breathing, extreme sleepiness, and unusual snoring. Anyone who takes Opana should have naloxone at home. Naloxone is a medicine which cancels the effect of Opana, it can be given every 2 to 3 minutes until the medical help arrives. Overdosing on this medicine can prove to be fatal.

The biggest misconception among people is that they think misusing prescription drugs is somehow less harmful than abusing illicit drugs. However, the truth is farther from it, abusing prescription drugs can be very harmful to your health. They contribute to the highest percentage of abuse due to their easy accessibility and availability.