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Oxymorphone Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Opana®; Opana® ER

Pharmacologic Category

Analgesic, Opioid

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Patients receiving this medicine should be monitored for misuse, abuse, and addiction.

• Opana® ER: This medicine is used to treat lasting, chronic pain. It is not for mild pain or pain that comes and goes. Swallow tablets whole. Do not chew, break, or crush. Serious reactions can occur if you take broken, chewed, or crushed tablets. Do not take with alcohol or alcohol-containing products. Serious reactions can occur.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to oxymorphone or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Increased pressure in your brain; liver or lung disease; or slow movement through the intestines.

How does it work?

• Oxymorphone binds to brain receptors, relieving pain. It decreases the feeling of pain and a person's response to pain.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

Long-acting products:

• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• Do not use long-acting products for immediate pain relief or on an as needed basis.

Injection:

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Keep a diary of pain control.

• Bowel movements.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store tablets at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

• Throw away any unused medicine by flushing down toilet or sink.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:48:52.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 10:45:20.0

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