25 Jun Opana Abuse and Addiction
Opana addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. and is one of the many types of addiction in the family of opioid narcotics. This family of drugs includes painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and oxymorphone, the active ingredient in Opana. As certain brands of narcotics, like Oxycontin, grow in popularity only to wane when supplies become difficult to find, addicts always turn to the next fix. Opana is just another in a long line of narcotics wreaking havoc in the lives of drug abusers and addicts.
What Is Opana?
Opana is the brand name for a formulation of the narcotic painkiller oxymorphone. Like other narcotics, it belongs to the family of opioids, drugs that derive from the opium poppy and which are used to control pain. Opana comes in two formulations: a tablet and an extended-release tablet. The latter is designed to bring relief to people struggling with chronic pain all day. The pill releases the oxymorphone a little bit at a time for 24-hour relief. Opana is only available as a prescription.
How and Why Is Opana Abused?
Some people abuse Opana because it gives a pleasant, relaxed and euphoric feeling, especially when taken in high doses. The extended release form is particularly susceptible to abuse because if the time-release mechanism is destroyed, an abuser can get a very large dose all at once. The makers of Opana finally debuted an extended-release tablet that could not be so easily crushed to access the oxymorphone, but addicts still use Opana to get high. Some take the pills orally, while others crush them and either snort the powder or dissolve it in water and inject it.
What Are the Risks of Abusing Opana?
Besides the danger of becoming addicted, which is very real when Opana is abused, this drug also produces numerous side effects. Side effects include blurred vision, labored breathing, decreased urination, confusion, dry mouth, fast or irregular heartbeat, a tight feeling in the chest, wrinkled skin, extreme thirst, sweating, nervousness and headaches. Less common, but more serious Opana side effects include stomach pains, chest pains, cold sweats, loss of consciousness, trouble sleeping, difficulty swallowing, fever, hallucinations, swelling in the face, severe constipation, severe vomiting and irregular or shallow breathing.
Abusing drugs like Opana also carries the risk of further side effects or complications if you combine them with other drugs. Dangerous Opana drug interactions occur with other opioid painkillers. They should never be mixed as side effects can be amplified and the possibility of overdose becomes more likely. You should also never mix Opana with alcohol.
Opana, like other prescription painkillers, is a drug that should be taken only under the direction of a doctor. The risk of becoming addicted to Opana if you abuse this medication is serious, and overcoming that addiction is a big challenge. Know the dangers, the side effects and the risks before using this drug, and never abuse it.
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