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

The pain medication Opana ER (oxymorphone) comes with a black-box warning to avoid drinking alcohol or using medication that contains alcohol. Alcohol can cause your body to absorb Opana ER too rapidly so that extremely high amounts are released into the bloodstream at once. The result could be a deadly overdose.

Also be aware that Opana ER can be habit forming, and people with a history of alcoholism are at increased risk. Discuss your background with your doctor. 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 may release the entire dose into your system, which could cause a fatal overdose.

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