What is magnus?
Magnus is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Magnus is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Short-acting formulations are taken as needed for pain.
The extended-release form of Magnus is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. This form of Magnus is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
You should not take Magnus if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.
Magnus can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Taking this medicine during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Magnus or other narcotic medicines, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problems; or
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Do not use Magnus if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.
To make sure Magnus is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- a drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
- urination problems;
- liver or kidney disease;
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid; or
- if you use a sedative like Valium (diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others).
Some medicines can interact with Magnus and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take stimulant medicine, opioid medicine, herbal products, or medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
If you use Magnus while you are pregnant your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Magnus side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Magnus: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Like other opioid medicines, Magnus can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- slow heart rate, sighing, weak or shallow breathing;
- chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
- extreme drowsiness, feeling like you might pass out; or
- low cortisol levels– nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.