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If you are an adult with chronic pain, your healthcare provider may recommend using Opana ER. This prescription medicine should only be used when long-term, continuous pain relief is needed. As a type of opioid narcotic, Opana ER can have numerous effects (besides reducing pain), such as drowsiness, decreased breathing, and slowing of the digestive tract.
What Is Opana ER Used For?Opana® ER (oxymorphone ER) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate-to-severe pain. It is a strong narcotic painkiller approved only for use when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid medication is necessary for an extended period of time (more than a few days).
Long-acting opioid products, including Opana ER, are typically used to replace short-acting opioids. In many cases, people are started on the short-acting drugs first. Once it becomes clear that long-term pain control will be necessary, long-acting products are usually preferred. However, many people will still need to have a short-acting medication on hand to help relieve "breakthrough" pain.
Opana ER is meant to be used consistently every day. It is not approved for unscheduled "as-needed" use. Long-acting opioids like Opana ER are often used to treat cancer pain or other types of chronic pain. Opana ER is not meant to be used after surgery if the pain is expected to be mild or is expected to last for only a short period of time.
Because Opana ER contains oxymorphone, it can be used (or rather, abused) inappropriately (see Opana ER Abuse).