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Short Term Effects of Opana

Within the discussion regarding opioid addiction Opana is usually left out, due to the fact that most of the general public has never heard of the drug before. They have most certainly heard of Oxycontin or Oxycodone, morphine, and even fentanyl, but Opana is a name that goes unrecognized, even though it has been around in one form or another since 1914.

The drug, which is also known as oxymorphone was developed during the First World War, as a pain reliever that could be used for moderate to severe pain, and was also used as a pre-operative drug in order to reduce anxiety before surgery.

In 1955 it was patented in the United States and sale of the drug began in 1959, but even though the drug has been around for quite some time, addiction rates were relatively low, compared to other opiates such as heroin or morphine.

This however changed in the late 2000s, when the manufacturer of Opana released a reformulated version of the drug known as Opana ER or extended release, which caused a dramatic shift in the addiction rates regarding the substance, and also created an increase in the probability of addiction. This change to an extended release version of the drug coincided with stricter prescription laws being implemented for Oxycontin and so many individuals switched to Opana as their main form of substance use. However, in June 2017 the FDA stepped in and actually asked the manufacture to remove Opana ER from US markets, which is the first time in history that the FDA has ever asked a drug manufacturer to remove a product that was currently being sold.

As a result the manufacturer voluntarily removed Opana ER from sale in the US, but that was not before a number of short term effects of Opana were discovered, and not before addiction had already set in for a number of individuals throughout the United States.

It is important to note that if you think you may have an issue with Opana addiction, you should seek professional medical assistance immediately. Struggling with addiction is nothing to be ashamed, nor is it something you should battle alone. With that said, if you think that a loved one may be abusing Opana, please continue to read on about the short term effects of Opana and what you can do in order to help your loved one.


In January 2013, the CDC found a new illness that was associated with IV use of Opana. The discovery of this illness centered in Tennessee where abuse of the drug was fairly high, and individuals who were suffering from it reported using Opana ER, which is meant for oral ingestion, intravenously. The illness was not simply a symptom of long term Opana abuse, but rather was also one of the short-term effects of Opana, that could occur after only a few usages.
People who were suffering from this new illness showed symptoms similar to Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which is a rare blood disorder, where microscopic blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body. While this is treatable through blood transfusions, it can be tremendously dangerous and cause damage to organs like the kidney, brain and heart.

Going along with this, it was reported in 2015 that there was an outbreak of HIV among IV Opana users in Indiana. While HIV is a risk that comes along with any intravenous drug usage, the situation got so bad in Indiana that state officials had to step in and create an emergency action plan in order to contend with the public health crisis occurring. Often times individuals do not begin using Opana intravenously, but when they do, HIV is one of the unintended side effects and dangers that they may have to contend with.

Some of the other short term effects of Opana include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Altered sleep pattern
  • Respiratory depression
  • Labored breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Itching
  • Fever

Understanding and being able to spot these short term effects of Opana is important for an individual who believes that their loved one is abusing the drug. It is sometimes difficult to come to the conclusion that a loved one may be abusing drugs, but by objectively looking at the short term effects of Opana listed above, you will be better able to help your loved one in the long term.


If you are prescribed Opana and you are taking the drug as prescribed under the watchful eye of a medical professional, then the best way to contend with the short term effects are by working with your doctor and keeping them informed about what is currently going on with you. However, if you are not taking the drug as prescribed and you are using it recreationally or in a way that is likely to produce addiction, then you should seek immediate professional help for this.

One of the largest issues with opiates and opioids, among people who abuse them, is the fact that dependence can occur very quickly and individuals who are predisposed to addiction often times do not experience the negative side effects attributed to powerful narcotics in the same way that an individual without addiction issues would. For instance the lethargy produced by Opana in a non-addictive person would possibly be cause for alarm, whereas among the addicted it may be a desired result.

However, when Opana is used on a regular basis, or even in conjunction with other opiates or opioids, the desired euphoria produced will dissipate rather quickly, leaving the individual with a need to use ever increasing quantities of the drug in order to achieve the high-like state they are seeking. This is part and parcel to what happens during addiction and once the cycle begins, it can be difficult to end. When this occurs the chances that an overdose can happen increase exponentially, not to mention that once physical dependence sets in, many individuals wind up in precarious and dangerous situations in order to continue their addiction, that can put their lives or their freedom at risk.


If you find that you cannot stop using Opana even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from Opana addiction. While you may be embarrassed by the fact that you cannot stop using drugs, it is import to understand that addiction is an actual recognizable disease and as such you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. It is estimated that 1 in 6 adults in the United States suffer from addiction, so you are not alone in your struggles, nor do you have to fight them by yourself. So if you are at the point where you would you like help overcoming your Opana addiction, call us at 1-866-972-7714. We are standing by to provide you with the best treatment and recovery options, so that you can finally leave behind your old life of addiction and start new on the road to recovery. Call now!