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What are the possible risks of taking Opana?

Because Opana is a narcotic and an opioid, it is potentially physically addictive. Take the extended-release tablets as whole tablets only; chewing Opana or consuming crushed, dissolved or broken tablets can release too much oxymorphone, the active ingredient, into your system and lead to a potentially fatal overdose. Do not mix alcohol and Opana, as the combination can be fatal. Until you know how Opana affects you, avoid driving or engaging in any potentially dangerous activity. Opana makes some people extremely drowsy.

If you are older, you may be especially sensitive to the effects and side effects of Opana. Also, certain medical issues can be complicated by Opana, including seizures, brain tumors, breathing issues, allergies, head injuries and heart, kidney, liver, intestinal and lung diseases. If you have a history of substance abuse or addiction, talk to your doctor before taking Opana. It can also be risky if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

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