Can I use Opana if I have a history of sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, your doctor is unlikely to prescribe Opana (oxymorphone) unless it's absolutely necessary. If you have this condition, in which your breathing becomes shallow and even sometimes stops while you're asleep, even a standard dose of Opana can be dangerous. Because Opana tends to slow the breathing rate, it can cause people whose breathing rate is already sluggish to stop breathing altogether. If your doctor suggests Opana, speak up about your sleep apnea so that he or she can prescribe a safer drug for you.

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