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Opana (generic name oxymorphone hydrochloride) is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is typically used for treating pain when other opioids that are less intense, like Oxycontin and Vicodin, haven’t been successful at managing pain.
Opana works on the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, depressing activity throughout the central nervous system and dulling the feeling of pain. As with other opioids, Opana use can be very addictive, since the effects of Opana can include euphoria and a sense of relaxation, especially if the drug is misused or intentionally abused to get high instead of for pain relief.
Opana is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals, and the medication is available in both an immediate release and extended-release format, called Opana ER. Opana ER was available in a variety of dosages, of up to 40 mg.
Injectable formulations of oxymorphone hydrochloride are also available, but Opana is mostly used orally since oral oxymorphone use gives Opana a longer half-life. However, drug abusers may misuse extended-release Opana intended for oral use by injecting extended-release Opana.
During the height of the opioid addiction epidemic spurred on by over-prescription of opioid analgesic drugs like Oxycontin and Opana, this form of extended-release Opana abuse was so common that Opana ER was reformulated in 2012 to make Opana ER more resistant to tampering.
When this reformulation of Opana ER failed to stop Opana ER abuse and addiction, the FDA asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER from US markets. However, generic versions of extended-release oxymorphone hydrochloride that are very similar to Opana ER are still prescribed by doctors in the US, and immediate-release Opana is still available for treatment.
Like other prescription opioids such as Oxycontin, Opana is a schedule II controlled substance, meaning Opana is illegal to distribute without a doctor’s prescription. Some slang terms for opana include blue heaven, stop signs, Mrs. O, O bomb, or pink lady.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Opana addiction, the right addiction treatment program can help you get your life back. RECO Intensive offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs in a warm, welcoming environment. Read on to learn more about oxymorphone addiction and treatment options.
Taking more Opana than prescribed is considered misuse, and intentionally using Opana for its euphoric effects is considered substance abuse. However, even when a person takes Opana as prescribed, it’s possible to quickly develop a tolerance to the drug.
Tolerance to Opana means that a person needs higher and higher doses of Opana to experience the same pain-relieving or euphoric effects that they are used to getting from the opioids. Taking more Opana than prescribed increases a person’s risk of developing Opana addiction or physical dependence on the drug.
What is colloquially referred to as drug addiction is referred to in the mental health world as substance use disorder. Several factors play into whether any individual who takes the dangerous drug will eventually develop Opana addiction, but once they do, the physical and psychological feedback loop created by their habitual drug use can be very hard for them to end without treatment.
This is largely because of the withdrawal symptoms that someone who abruptly stops taking opioids can expect to experience during the drug detox process. The term withdrawal refers to the phenomenon in which someone who becomes physically dependent on Opana during the course of their drug addiction may keep taking the drug to avoid uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms if they stop. Signs of Opana withdrawal and treatment options are discussed below.
After a person develops physical dependence due to habitual Opana abuse, they can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms after they stop. Signs of Opana withdrawal include nausea, aches and pains, diarrhea, sweating, restlessness, anxiety, and intense craving for opioid drugs. These withdrawal symptoms will typically start to appear twelve to twenty-four hours after a person’s last dose of Opana and typically begin to subside three to five days after the last dose.
Though the opioid withdrawal process can be intense, a medical detox facility can aid in the treatment of these opioid withdrawal symptoms during Opana detox. In a medical detox facility, a qualified medical team can ease withdrawal symptoms with various treatment options, such as the prescription drug buprenorphine.
After detox, people with Opana addiction will typically need to move on another form of addiction treatment to combat the psychological symptoms of their addiction and underlying mental health difficulties. Luckily, there are many American addiction centers that provide top-notch treatment to those struggling with Opana addiction, including our treatment center Reco Intensive.
Along with intensive therapy, our addiction treatment program also sometimes uses prescription drugs to help those recovering from Opana addiction, which is known as medication-assisted treatment. Though medication-assisted treatment is still considered controversial by many American addiction centers, studies have show that the treatment helps former drug abusers to stay in recovery.
At Reco Intensive, we use the medication Vivitrol to help some patients with addiction to Opana, Oxycontin, and similar opioid drugs. Vivitrol works by blocking the effects of Opana, preventing the user from getting high even if they did attempt drug abuse. It can also help those recovering from addiction to Opana and Oxycontin by reducing their cravings for the substance.
Oxymorphone is in a class of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants. These drugs slow heart rate, cause changes in blood pressure, and cause shallow breathing. Thus, taking too much Opana can be fatal. Symptoms of an Opana drug overdose include:
Mixing oxymorphone with other depressants, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Xanax, Valium), is common for those who struggle with drug addiction. Unfortunately, mixing one drug with another substance that can exacerbate its effects is particularly dangerous and is a leading cause of drug overdose.
If you suspect that someone who has taken Opana, Oxycontin, or other opioids is experiencing an overdose of the dangerous drug, you should call emergency services immediately to ensure they get treatment as soon as possible.
You can also attempt to revive them yourself with the drug Naloxone, which reverses the effects of opioids by bonding to a person’s opioid receptors itself, which blocks the effect of the other drugs. If you or someone you know are actively struggling with addiction to Opana, Oxycontin, or a similar drug, keeping Naloxone on hand for emergencies may be life saving.
Oxymorphone addiction can escalate to the point where it affects every aspect of a person’s life, from finances to personal and professional relationships. However, if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to oxymorphone, the right addiction treatment program can make all the difference. For most people, the first step is medically supervised detox.
As discussed above, Opana detox can be intense and potentially dangerous. This is why it’s so important to seek help from a licensed treatment provider with trained clinical staff. The oxymorphone detox team at RECO Intensive provides round-the-clock care in a safe, monitored environment. We do everything possible to keep detox clients comfortable during the detox process. This may include administering medication to ease uncomfortable Opana withdrawal symptoms, as needed.
After detox, we typically recommend that oxymorphone addiction treatment patients move into a residential program or, if appropriate, an intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization program. We cater to patients struggling with all forms of drug use as well as psychological addiction, and are known as one of the best American addiction centers in the South Florida area and beyond.
The world-class team at RECO Intensive includes medical doctors, primary and specialty therapists, behavioral health technicians, a nurse practitioner, chiropractor, art therapist, equine specialists, and others who work together to provide clients in our inpatient and outpatient rehab program with exceptional care. Our well-drug appointed addiction treatment center is also located in beautiful Delray Beach, Florida, an ideal setting for recovery.
Our drug and alcohol addiction treatment center is also able to accept most forms of health insurance, as can be attested to by this list of accepted providers.
If you or some you love is currently struggling with drug addiction, contact us today to learn more about our Opana rehab program and to schedule a tour of our Opana addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, FL. Help is just a phone call away.
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