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How can I minimize the side effects of Opana?

Take the pain medication Opana (oxymorphone) exactly as prescribed by your doctor to prevent or minimize side effects. Do not take more of it or take it more often than instructed. Once you've been on Opana for a period of time, don't stop taking it without talking to your doctor first; otherwise, you could suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as chills and sweating, muscle or joint pain, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain, among others.

While you're taking Opana, it's not unusual to feel dizzy or lightheaded when you get up from sitting or lying down for a while. To minimize this side effect of Opana, try standing or sitting up slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a minute or two before you stand up all the way.

Another common side effect of Opana is constipation. Changing your diet can help. Eating more whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains, particularly bran, may make it easier to move your bowels. You can also ask your doctor about taking a laxative and/or stool softener.

Talk to your doctor about any side effects that are bothersome or don't go away.

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