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Oxymorphone - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on May 11, 2020
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Information about Oxymorphone

Generic Name : Oxymorphone
Pronunciation : ox ee MOR fone
Latest prescription information about Oxymorphone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Narcotic (opioid) Analgesic

Trade Names/Brand Names of Oxymorphone

International- Opana, Opana ER, Numorphan HCl.

Why is Oxymorphone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an opioid analgesic, prescribed for the cure of moderate to severe pain in patients. This is also used as a preoperative medication.  

When should Oxymorphone not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of respiratory disease, asthma, liver impairment, paralytic ileus (intestine paralysis) and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Oxymorphone?

PO- The initial recommended dose is 10 to 20 mg, every four to six hours.

How should Oxymorphone be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Oxymorphone?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of head injury, increased intracranial pressure (pressure within the skull), low blood pressure, liver and kidney impairment, thyroid or adrenal gland disorder, gastrointestinal problem, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In elderly person it may cause respiratory and central nervous system depression, if it so stop the medication immediately.

It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Oxymorphone?

  Most Common: Nausea, constipation, dizziness, vomiting, itching, drowsiness, headache and increased sweat.
  Eye : Blurred vision
  Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion, dry mouth, decreased appetite and dehydration.
  Central Nervous System : Sleeplessness, anxiety, sedation, fatigue, lethargy, weakness, confusion, disorientation, restlessness, nervousness and depression.
  Skin : Rash.
  Respiratory: Difficulty in breathing.
  Heart: Irregular heartbeats, high/low blood pressure and orthostatic hypotension.
  Genitourinary: Difficulty in urination.
  Miscellaneous: Fever, weight decreased and swelling in the leg and face region.

What are the other precautions for Oxymorphone?

It may lead to dehydration; drink adequate water or liquid.
Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the storage conditions for Oxymorphone?

Store it at room temperature (20-25 C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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