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Nucynta Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Nucynta, Nucynta ER
Generic Name: tapentadol (Pronunciation: ta PEN ta dol)
- What is tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- What are the possible side effects of tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- What is the most important information I should know about tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- How should I take tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Nucynta)?
- What happens if I overdose (Nucynta)?
- What should I avoid while taking tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- What other drugs will affect tapentadol (Nucynta)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is tapentadol (Nucynta)?
Tapentadol is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Tapentadol is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain.
Tapentadol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Nucynta 100 mg
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Nucynta 50 mg
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Nucynta 75 mg
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What are the possible side effects of tapentadol (Nucynta)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- weak or shallow breathing, weak pulse, slow heartbeat;
- seizure (convulsions);
- severe drowsiness or dizziness;
- confusion, problems with speech or balance; or
- agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea or vomiting;
- mild dizziness, drowsiness;
- dry mouth;
- itching; or
- increased sweating.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Nucynta (tapentadol immediate-release oral tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about tapentadol (Nucynta)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tapentadol, or if you have severe liver or kidney disease, if you are having an asthma attack, or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.
Do not use tapentadol if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
Tapentadol may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking tapentadol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Never take tapentadol in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how tapentadol will affect you.
Do not stop using tapentadol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using tapentadol.
Additional Nucynta Information
- Nucynta Drug Interactions Center: tapentadol oral
- Nucynta Side Effects Center
- Nucynta FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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