Oxymorphone: A review

VIP Palliative Care Program Greater Los Angeles Healthcare, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine, 11301 Wilshire 111-H, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Supportive Care Cancer (Impact Factor: 2.36). 03/2006; 14(2):109-15. DOI: 10.1007/s00520-005-0917-1
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Oxymorphone (oxymorphone hydrochloride) (14-hydroxy-dihydromorphinone), a semisynthetic mu-opioid agonist, was first approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1959. Oxymorphone is considered a more potent opioid than its parent compound, morphine. Recently, an immediate-release and long-acting oral formulation of this drug was developed that makes oxymorphone a new option in treating moderate to severe pain. This article reviews the pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, and clinical efficacy for this new option in treating moderate to severe pain.

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