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Adults who have moderate-to-severe pain may receive a prescription painkiller called oxymorphone ER. It is a narcotic opioid medicine, and is meant for use when continuous, around-the-clock pain relief is needed. You may need an additional pain reliever if you experience "breakthrough" pain during treatment. There are no off-label uses for oxymorphone ER at this time.
An Overview of Uses for Oxymorphone EROxymorphone ER (Opana® 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 oxymorphone 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.
Oxymorphone ER is meant to be taken consistently every day. It is not approved for unscheduled "as-needed" use. Long-acting opioids like oxymorphone ER are often used to treat cancer pain or other types of chronic pain. Oxymorphone ER is not meant to be taken after surgery if the pain is expected to be mild or is expected to last for only a short period of time.
Because this medication contains oxymorphone, it can be used (or rather, abused) inappropriately (see Opana ER Abuse).