OPANA ER contains oxymorphone, which is a morphine-like opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance, with an abuse liability similar to other opioid analgesics.
Oxymorphone can be abused in a manner similar to other opioid agonists, legal or illicit. This should be considered when prescribing or dispensing OPANA ER in situations where the physician or pharmacist is concerned about an increased risk of misuse, abuse, or diversion.
OPANA ER is an extended-release oral formulation of oxymorphone indicated for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.
OPANA ER is NOT intended for use as a prn analgesic.
OPANA ER Tablets are to be swallowed whole and are not to be broken, chewed, dissolved, or crushed. Taking broken, chewed, dissolved, or crushed OPANA ER Tablets leads to rapid release and absorption of a potentially fatal dose of oxymorphone.
Patients must not consume alcoholic beverages, or prescription or non-prescription medications containing alcohol, while on OPANA ER therapy. The co-ingestion of alcohol with OPANA ER may result in increased plasma levels and a potentially fatal overdose of oxymorphone.
OPANA ER SUMMARY
(Oxymorphone Hydrochloride) Extended-Release Tablets
5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 40mg
OPANA ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) extended-release, is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic supplied in 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg tablet strengths for oral administration. The tablet strength describes the amount of oxymorphone hydrochloride per tablet.
OPANA ER is indicated for the relief of moderate to severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time.
OPANA ER is not intended for use as a prn analgesic.
OPANA ER is not indicated for pain in the immediate post-operative period (12-24 hours following surgery) for patients not previously taking opioids because of the risk of oversedation and respiratory depression requiring reversal with opioid antagonists.
OPANA ER is not indicated for pain in the post-operative period if the pain is mild or not expected to persist for an extended period of time.
Media Articles Related to Opana ER (Oxymorphone)
Early Imaging Unhelpful in Older Adults With New Back Pain
Source: Medscape NeurologyHeadlines [2015.03.20]
A new study provides more evidence that early routine imaging for new-onset back pain in the elderly is costly and provides no benefit.
Medscape Medical News
Early imaging for back pain in older adults not associated with better outcomes
Source: Medical Devices / Diagnostics News From Medical News Today [2015.03.20]
Older adults who had spine imaging within 6 weeks of a new primary care visit for back pain had pain and disability over the following year that was not different from similar patients who did not...
Spinal cord neurons that control pain and itch
Source: Neurology / Neuroscience News From Medical News Today [2015.03.20]
The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain, where they are consciously perceived.
Stepped-Care Approach to Chronic Pain Improves Function
Source: Medscape Nurses Headlines [2015.03.19]
A two-step program combining analgesics, self-management strategies, and cognitive-behavioral therapy yields lasting improvement in chronic pain and function in a trial of US veterans.
Medscape Medical News
Minimally invasive spinal fusion: Less pain, faster recovery, smaller scar
Source: Bones / Orthopedics News From Medical News Today [2015.03.19]
A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work.
Published Studies Related to Opana ER (Oxymorphone)
Positive and negative subjective effects of extended-release oxymorphone versus controlled-release oxycodone in recreational opioid users. [2011.05]
OBJECTIVE: To compare the subjective effects of oxymorphone extended release (OM-ER) versus oxycodone controlled release (OC-CR)... CONCLUSIONS: At equianalgesic doses, single oral intact OM-ER produced lower positive, negative, and balance subjective effects than OC-CR, indicating that analgesic potency may not necessarily be reflected in subjective/objective effects.
Reduced cognitive and psychomotor impairment with extended-release oxymorphone versus controlled-release oxycodone. [2010.11]
BACKGROUND: Opioids provide effective pain control, yet have risks including adverse events (AEs) (e.g., constipation, nausea/vomiting, sedation) and cognitive/psychomotor effects. OBJECTIVE: To compare cognitive and psychomotor effects of oxymorphone extended release (OM-ER) versus oxycodone controlled release (OC-CR)... CONCLUSION: Single oral intact low and high doses of OM-ER produced less cognitive and psychomotor impairment plus less sedation than equianalgesic OC-CR in this exploratory study. ClinicalTrials.gov registration NCT00955110.
Long-term tolerability and effectiveness of oxymorphone extended release in patients with cancer. [2010.05]
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term safety, tolerability, and effectiveness of oxymorphone extended release (ER) in patients with cancer-related pain... CONCLUSIONS: In these patients with pain related to cancer, oxymorphone ER was generally well tolerated and provided stable long-term pain control.
The pain quality response profile of oxymorphone extended release in the treatment of low back pain. [2009.02]
OBJECTIVE: In controlled trials of analgesics, the primary outcome variable is most often a measure of global pain intensity. However, because pain is associated with a variety of pain sensations, the effects of analgesic treatments on different sensations could go undetected if specific pain qualities are not assessed...
Oxymorphone extended release for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a retrospective pooled analysis of enriched-enrollment clinical trial data stratified according to age, sex, and prior opioid use. [2009.02]
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the potential effects of age, sex, and prior opioid use on the response to oxymorphone extended release (ER) in patients with moderate to severe chronic low back pain... CONCLUSION: In the enriched population of patients who successfully titrated to oxymorphone ER, oxymorphone ER was effective and generally well tolerated, independent of patients' age, sex, or previous opioid use.
Clinical Trials Related to Opana ER (Oxymorphone)
Effect of Extended-Release Oxymorphone Taking With or Without Food on Cognitive Functioning [Recruiting]
The purpose of the study is to determine whether extended-release oxymorphone hydrochloride
taken orally with a high-fat meal, generating an approximately 50% higher Cmax, impacts
cognitive functioning, using Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB)
tests, to a greater extent than when taking under conditions of fasting.
Open-Label Safety and Tolerability of Oxymorphone IR and ER in Opioid Tolerant Pediatric Subjects [Recruiting]
Patients will convert from current opioid to Oxymorphone ER and undergo titration. During
the Titration Period, subjects will receive daily oxymorphone Extended Release tablets(s)
every 12 hours. Dosing adjustments will be based on the review of the subject's pain
scores. Oxymorphone IR 5 mg will be provided to be used as supplemental "breakthrough" pain
medication (as needed). Titration Period will end when the fixed dose of study medication
is tolerated and the subject achieves adequate analgesia. Subjects will then proceed to the
open-label 3-month maintenance period on the fixed dose of study medication established
during the Titration Period.
Open-Label Safety and Tolerability Study of Oxymorphone for Acute Postoperative Pain in Pediatric Subjects. [Recruiting]
When post-operative parenteral analgesia is discontinued, oral dosing with study medication
may begin once the subject has developed a moderate level of pain as defined by a 100 mm VAS
(pain intensity score greater than or equal to 40).
Lumbar Stenosis Outcomes Research II [Recruiting]
The primary objective of the proposed pilot study is to determine the efficacy of
oxymorphone hydrochloride and propoxyphene/acetaminophen combination in prolonging the time
to onset of pain and reducing the severity of pain associated with walking in patients with
neurogenic intermittent claudication. The secondary objective is to examine the functional
benefit of oxymorphone hydrochloride and propoxyphene/acetaminophen combination with respect
to improvement in duration and distance of walking tolerance.
The proposed study will also provide the foundation for a treadmill-based methodology for
assessing the analgesic efficacy of drugs for low back pain provoked by standing and walking
associated with lumbar spinal stenosis.
A Pilot Study of Switching From One Pain Medication to Another (Opioid Rotation) [Recruiting]
he purpose of this study is to see if changing from one pain medication like morphine or
oxycodone to another pain medication, oxymorphone (OPANAŽ), will be helpful to patients. This
study will examine if the swithcing from one pain medication to another can be done over a 24
hour period. Oxymorhone, the drug being studied, is an FDA approved drug for treatment of
Reports of Suspected Opana ER (Oxymorphone) Side Effects
Drug Ineffective (127),
Drug Abuse (99),
Intentional Drug Misuse (71),
Wrong Technique in Drug Usage Process (51),
Drug Effect Decreased (42),
Inappropriate Schedule of Drug Administration (40),
Withdrawal Syndrome (37),
Medication Residue (33),
Foreign Body (26),
Nausea (24), more >>
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