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Opana ER Abuse

Abuse Versus Dependence

As a narcotic, Opana ER leads to physical dependence. However, physical dependence is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response to chronic use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that Opana ER causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms. This is not necessarily a sign of abuse, and it should not be assumed that someone who is physically dependent on Opana ER is abusing the medication.
Also, as the body becomes "tolerant" to the effects of Opana ER, more is necessary to produce the same pain-relieving effects. Again, this is not a sign of abuse; it is a predictable, physical response. People who have been on narcotics for a long time can take enormous doses that would lead to death in a first-time user.

Signs of Opana ER Abuse

Healthcare providers will look for certain signs that may suggest a person is abusing Opana ER. Running out of the medication too soon is an obvious red flag, as is reporting that your medication was lost or stolen (this is an excuse that healthcare providers often hear). Requesting certain brands or formulations (such as only the "old Opana ER" formulation, which is more easily abused) is also a red flag, although certainly many people who take their medications appropriately also develop certain preferences.
Sometimes medications are "diverted" (sold illegally to others) instead of being directly abused by the person the drug was prescribed for. Signs of this problem include having a sudden, unexplained increase in income and not testing positive for Opana ER on a drug test (because the medication is being sold to others, not taken by the intended person).
(Click Generic Opana ER for more information about the new versus old formulations of Opana ER.)
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