What is Opana?

Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone. Which is an opioid pain medication, also called a narcotic. This medication is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of Opana is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.

Important Information about Opana

Opana is habit forming. Patients taking Opana should take this medication as directed, do not increase or decrease doses, or take this medication longer than directed.

Do not share Opana with others. This medication is sought out by abusers for its pain relief and euphoric effects. The intentional misuse of  Opana can pose a serious risk to the individuals health and safety.

If you begin to develop a tolerance to Opana contact your Doctor immediately, do not increase your dose first.

Do not stop taking Opana abruptly, this could result in unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.


Opana Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Opana there are often side effect associated with its use. Most commonly patients taking Opana will experience the following side effects;

  • Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • increased sweating
  • nausea or vomiting
  • relaxed and calm
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness

Less common side effects to Opana often require medical treatment, such as;

  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • decreased urination
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • fast, pounding, racing, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • headache
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • rapid breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • sunken eyes
  • sweating
  • swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet
  • thirst
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing
  • wrinkled skin

If you experience any of the following symptoms of overdose seek emergency help;

  • Cold and clammy skin
  • constricted, pinpoint, or small pupils (black part of the eye)
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • muscle weakness
  • no blood pressure or pulse
  • not breathing
  • severe sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • stopping of heart

Opana Uses

Opana is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of Opana is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.

Just as with many other opioid pain reliever medications, Opana holds a high risk of abuse. Patients taking Opana should keep their medication in a safe place. Do not share your medication with others. It is important to follow dosing directions carefully to acheive the optimal results and prevent any adverse reactions.

Opana Dosage and Directions

The usual initial dose of Opana is 20mg once daily, as needed for pain. This dose is determined by the patients individual therapeutic needs. This dose is often decreased within 3 to 4 day to a lower maintenance dose.

Opana is for the short term treatment of pain. Using Opana on a long term basis can result in the patient developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal symptoms.