Opana (oxymorphone) is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medicine is for around-the-clock treatment of severe pain. It ER is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain. It may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Buy it online
It belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics, It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
How to use it:
- Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking oxymorphone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take this medication by mouth without food (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating) as directed by your doctor, usually every 4 to 6 hours. If you have nausea, ask your doctor or pharmacist about ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
- The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed because your risk of side effects may increase. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
How to use it
- If you wait until the pain has worsened, the medication may not work as well.
- If you have ongoing pain (such as due to cancer), your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting opioid medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using oxymorphone safely with other drugs.
- In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as restlessness, watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, sweating, muscle aches) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions right away.
- Talk to your doctor if this medication stops working well.
- Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Tell your doctor if your pain persists or worsens.