uses, side effects and precautions
Pain can be a life-sucking
force that leaves you feeling hopeless and helpless. If this sounds like
something you have to live with on a daily basis, then tapentadol may just be
your new best friend. Tapentadol is an opioid pain reliever medication used for
severe chronic or acute pain which has not responded well to other treatments
such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Tapentadol is an
over-the-counter medication that is used to aid with headache relief or
generalized body aches from injury or illness (typically muscle spasms).
- Tapentadol acts through its
interaction with opioid receptors within your central nervous system and
interrupts how you perceive pain signals coming into your spinal cord area.
- Tapentadol has been found
to be effective in managing severe pain, particularly for those who are not
responding well to other medications or treatments.
- It is used to treat
- Sudden pain
- Severe headaches
- It belongs to the class of
opioid analgesics and helps stop severe discomfort fast. Tapentadol's action in
reducing excessive sensitivity may also help reduce long term chronic
neuropathic pain such as that occurring after shingles (postherpetic
to use Tapentadol
- The tapentadol Medication
Guide is an essential reference tool to make sure you are taking the correct
dose of this medication.
- It is important that you
read these instructions before every refill and keep them close by at all
times, as they provide a detailed outline on how to use your drug properly for
maximum effectiveness with minimal risk.
- This drug is taken orally
after taking the food. Make sure you first eat your meals and after half an
hour you can have the medication. If being motionless doesn't suffice and your
nausea is still not decreasing, don't hesitate to ask for alternative relief
from your doctor!
When it comes to taking
this medication, there are a few rules. As per your medication conditions and
response to the treatment your doctor will decide your dose. Do not increase
your dose or use the drug more often than prescribed because you may become
dependent on it in time which will cause horrific side effects such as heart
palpitations and numbness of tongue tingling sensations that can lead up to paralysis.
When you've reached this
limit, be sure to stop using it according to doctor instructions.
Do not suddenly stop using the medication
- Your doctor may be able to help you taper off of this medication. However, withdrawal symptoms can arise if the dose is decreased too quickly or in high doses that have been used for a long time.
- If these side effects occur
while tapering your dosage down, let your physician know right away so they are
aware and can adjust accordingly!
When this medication
becomes addictive, it may stop working well.
If your doctor notices the
effects of addiction or other side-effects on your health from long-term use,
talk to them about alternative treatments that will work better for you in
- One way to reduce the risk
of constipation is by increasing your fiber intake. You can do this by eating
more fruits and vegetables, whole grains like oatmeal or buckwheat, beans,
lentils, etc., as well as nuts and seeds.
- Drinking enough water while
also exercising regularly helps keep things moving too!
- On the other hand, for
dizziness and lightheadedness, getting up slowly may help.
- Your physician prescribes
drugs for a reason- they believe that there is more advantage to them as
opposed to just being an experiment on themselves!
- Side effects are common
when taking certain medications like headaches and stomach issues (although
rare), so be sure not to take any chances by telling your doctors about
everything going on in the body before starting treatment if possible!
Serotonin syndrome / toxicity
- This medication may
increase serotonin, but it also has the rare side effect of causing serious
problems called "serotonin syndrome/toxicity." The risk increases if
you're taking other drugs that cause too much serotonin in your system.
- It's important to let any
healthcare provider know about all the medications you take - just remember to
mention this one! Some symptoms of having a buildup are a fast heartbeat and
delusions while others could be seizures or hallucinations.
- If these happen, get
medical help right away so they can prescribe more specific treatment for your
condition among other things like fluids and electrolytes because there is an
increased chance during toxins cases that people might lose fluid through
diarrhea as well as vomit due to high fever which causes nausea after vomiting
- This drug is very safe, but
if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction get medical help
right away! Symptoms to watch out for include rash, itching/swelling
(especially in the face), severe dizziness and trouble breathing.
For those who are allergic
to tapentadol, or any other drugs for that matter. This product may contain
inactive ingredients which can cause a reaction if ingested by the user and
should be noted before ingesting this drug.
Before taking this drug
tell your doctor if you have;
disorders such as seizures, head injury, tumor
disorders such as sleep apnea, asthma, COPD.
of substance abuse
you take this medicine, it is important that you not drive or operate
machinery. If you drink alcohol while taking the medicine, do so in moderation.
Don't use marijuana (cannabis) while taking the medicine.
Talk to your doctor before
taking this if you have conditions like dizziness or drowsiness.
There are many potential
interactions between your medications that you may not be aware of, which can
change the way they work or even increase their side effects. Make sure to keep
track of all the products and herbs you use in order for a doctor to provide
any recommendations on how best to improve them!
Oil (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids)
ER (naloxone / oxycodone)
strengths of Tapentadol