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Can I take Opana ER if I have a history of addiction?

The pain medication Opana ER (oxymorphone) can be habit forming, particularly for people with a history of addiction. If you fall into this category, let your doctor know about your background. You should be carefully monitored while taking Opana ER. Always take the drug exactly as your doctor prescribes and swallow the pills whole. If you crush, chew or dissolve Opana ER, you can immediately release the entire dose into your system, which could cause a fatal overdose.

Also be aware that Opana ER carries a black-box warning against drinking alcohol or using any medication containing it. Alcohol can cause your body to absorb Opana ER too rapidly and release extremely high amounts into your bloodstream. The result could be a deadly overdose.

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