What is Numorphone?
Numorphone is the brand name for Oxymorphone. It is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, that is approximately eight times stronger than morphine. Numorphone is derived from an alkaloid of opium. It is used in the treatment to moderate to severe pain, as a per-anesthetic medication, cough suppressant and in the reduction of anxiety in patients before surgery.
In the United States, Numorphone is a Schedule II substance. It is approved in the United States for medical treatment however it holds a high risk of abuse. It is illegal to possess this drug in the United States without a prescription. However it is sold and purchased off the street by recreational users nation wide.
Numorphone is used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is also commonly used as an per-anesthetic and to reduce anxiety in patients before surgical procedures. It also acts as a highly effective cough suppressant. When used for medical purposes Numorphone is very effective. However patients using this medication need to be carefully monitored to prevent development of a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency.
Nurmorphone can produce euphoric effects, relaxes the user and relieves pain. This makes it a drug of choice by abusers throughout the Nation. Those who use Nurmorphone without a prescription are not only at risk of developing a tolerance and dependency but they are at risk of serious health consequences, even death due to its ability to cause respiratory and circulatory depression.
Signs of Numorphone Abuse
Patients taking Numorphone for legitamate medical reasons can easily fall victim to its addictive effects. They may increase doses or take the medication longer than prescribed. This puts them at great risk of developing a dependency to the drug, suffering withdrawal when stopping its use. Not only is Numorphone abused by those prescribed the drug. Others will use the drug for recreational purpose, to acheive a euphoric high.
Those addicted to Numorphone may visit multiple doctors and pharmacies for prescriptions. They may even illegally purchase the medication off the street. They will begin to experience difficulties in all areas of their life as Numorphone use becomes top priority. As a result they may have problems in their personal relationships, loss of employment, financial difficulties and even suffer serious health effects.
Symptoms of Numorphone Withdrawal
- Runny nose
- Goose bumps
- Abnormal skin sensations
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle and bone pain
- Shivering or tremors
Numorphone withdrawal typically begins within 6 to 8 hours of the last dose. The individual will experience a peak in withdrawal symptoms within 72 hours as they begin to dissipate.
Numorphone Addiction Treatment
Patients who have developed a physical and psychological dependency to Numorphone may be gradually weened off the medication. If the existing medical condition has not yet subsided the patient may require an alternative form of therapy. For those with severe addiction an outpatient or inpatient treatment program will be required to help them overcome all areas of their dependency.
Rehab Addiction treatment begins with detox. The patients body is cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to Numorphone abuse. A prescription medication may be given to reduce symptoms of withdrawal and control cravings. The patient will then continue on to treatment for their psychological addiction to Numorphone. Behavioral modification therapy, group counseling and one-on-one counseling sessions will aid the patient in their recovery while teaching them the key tools needed to maintain their sobriety when returning home.