Opana, the brand name of the generic drug called Oxymorphone, is a highly addictive drug that is prescribed as a pain killer. It is an Opioid like Morphine, Methadone, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Heroin. Opioids bind to receptors in the brain to produce their effects. While Opana is used as a pain killer, medically, it also has effects of euphoria and sedation. Because of this, it is commonly used and abused recreationally.
Often, a doctor will prescribe Opana on an as needed basis, or as a treatment for breakthrough pain, which is most appropriate. Sometimes doctors prescribe it for once a day use, which easily leads people into an addiction to the drug. It is twice as strong as Oxycontin and six to eight times stronger than Morphine. In addition to its strength, its effects are short lasting, which encourages users to take it more frequently. This makes a user much more likely to become addicted and increases chances of organ damage, mainly of the kidneys and liver.
Opana inhibits cognitive ability and rational thought, which can lead to poor and sometimes dangerous decision making. Another affect one can experience on this drug is difficulty speaking and a struggle to interact with others, especially with higher doses. Opana is a respiratory depressant, which can cause shallow breathing or slower breathing, and sometimes ceased breathing altogether.
The body builds a tolerance to this drug quickly, which is exacerbated by the excessive use that often happens because of how short lived the effects are. When this happens, users of the drug will need to take higher doses to achieve the same effects. The feelings of euphoria or being high associated with Opana are those of bliss and relaxation. This drug makes its user feel a sense of calm and well-being, as if everything in the world is just fine and no harm can touch them. Eventually, these euphoric feelings will fade with continued use, but the dependency will continue along with the withdrawal side effects between doses.
Around 17,000 deaths every year are related to the abuse of Opiates like Opana. Overdosing on Opana is incredibly dangerous and could easily be fatal, resulting in coma and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms of Opana overdose are difficulty breathing, chest pain, cold or clammy skin, or low blood pressure. If you or someone you know is ever experiencing these symptoms while on this or any drug, you should immediately seek emergency services.
Withdrawal from Opana can be extremely painful and difficult to get through, although not fatal, which is why detox is best to do in a medical facility where professionals can help ease the discomfort. The symptoms of withdrawal for this particular Opioid are even worse than those for Demerol or Heroin.
They can include the flu-like symptoms of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, sweats, fever, along with very painful aching in muscles, joints, and bones. Someone can also experience difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety and panic, or even aggression. Other symptoms of withdrawal are body tremors, hallucinations, and states of psychosis. These last few are particularly likely after long-term addiction to this drug. After only two weeks of use, someone can experience withdrawal and long-term effects of Opana.
If you are concerned about substance abuse, some signs of Opana addiction that you can look out for are as follows. Someone addicted to this drug will need to start taking higher doses of it to achieve the same effects, due to a developed tolerance. They may run out of medication earlier than when the prescription is supposed to last until or before they have a prescription refill. If they become nervous when they are down to the last few pills, they might be addicted. Irritability, anxiety, aches, and extreme cravings for the drug between doses are also signifiers that someone is addicted.
Typically, people who are addicted to substances withdraw and isolate themselves from their friends and family. They might run out of money and start to build a lot of debt to continue their habit. They may have hard time concentrating or making sense in conversation and could experience difficulties at work or school. They may nod off or seem extremely fatigued and out of it.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is abusing Opana, or any other drug, you should seek professional help. People who experience addiction usually need a lot of help, guidance, and support to fully recover. Because the reward centers of the brain have adapted to extremely unhealthy patterns, their senses of reasoning, empathy, and priority are not aligned with those of a healthy person.
compassionate in your approach to help them. There are many resources available to people who are suffering from addiction, such as detox, in-patient services, out-patient services, sober living facilities, behavioral therapy, twelve step programs, meetings, sponsors, and more.