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Opana ER Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- What are the possible side effects of oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- What is the most important information I should know about oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- How should I use oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Opana ER)?
- What happens if I overdose (Opana ER)?
- What should I avoid while using oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- What other drugs will affect oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include methadone, morphine, Oxycontin, Darvocet, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and many others), or to a narcotic cough medicine that contains codeine, hydrocodone, or dihydrocodeine.
You should also not take oxymorphone if you are having an asthma attack, if you have severe liver disease, or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.
Do not use oxymorphone if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
To make sure you can safely take oxymorphone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- liver or kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- curvature of the spine;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- low blood pressure;
- gallbladder disease;
- a pancreas disorder;
- Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorders;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- mental illness; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Oxymorphone may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share oxymorphone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether oxymorphone will harm an unborn baby. Oxymorphone may cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using oxymorphone.
Oxymorphone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults and those who are ill or debilitated may be more likely to have serious side effects.
How should I use oxymorphone (Opana ER)?
Take exactly as prescribed. Never take oxymorphone in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Take oxymorphone on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Oxymorphone is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Do not stop using oxymorphone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using oxymorphone. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Oxymorphone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Always check your bottle to make sure you have received the correct pills (same brand and type) of medicine prescribed by your doctor. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine you receive at the pharmacy.
After you have stopped using this medication, flush any unused pills down the toilet.
Additional Opana ER Information
- Opana ER Drug Interactions Center: oxymorphone oral
- Opana ER Side Effects Center
- Opana ER Overview including Precautions
- Opana ER FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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