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What Is Oxymorphone ER Used For?

How Does This Medication Work?

Oxymorphone ER tablets are specially designed to release oxymorphone over an extended period of time. As a result, you can take oxymorphone ER just twice a day, rather than taking short-acting oxymorphone (Opana®) many times a day.
Oxymorphone is an opioid narcotic medication that is chemically related to morphine. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous effects, including but not limited to:
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Cough suppression
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Unusual unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Physical dependence.

Can Children Use It?

This medication is not approved for use in children or adolescents younger than 18 years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using oxymorphone ER in children.

What About Off-Label Oxymorphone ER Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend oxymorphone ER for something other than chronic pain. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for oxymorphone ER.
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