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Review by half dead dave (taken for less than 1 month):
Nucynta (tapentadol): I'm taking 75 mg qid,or severe spinal degeneration as well as other issues. In the past I used dilaudid, percocet, and m.s. contin. Works great for pain but I am more tired than with other drugs. My insurance company denied approval, so I faxed them a letter explaining why I needed it and they approved it 10 minutes after the fax was sent. Thank God !!
Nucynta ER (tapentadol): Well today I got prescribed Nucynta...I just need to know how good it is and plus my Dr gave me percocets for break through...I just need to know if the Nucynta really works.. Im tired of waking up and having to take a percocet and 2 in the morn...Please help to let me know...Thank you!:)
Nucynta (tapentadol): My Pain mgt. doctor switched me from Demerol to Nucynta for break-through pain of chronic migraines. Surprisingly, I found it to be effective, but I noticed from the start that it greatly diminished my language skills: reading, writing, and speaking. As per doctor's orders I stayed in bed while under the effects of Nucynta so this weird side effect didn't cause me any issues.
Until...After using it for 15 months, I found my language skills to be extremely loopy, creating comments from friends and neighbors, DAYS after taking Nucynta. That scared me and my doctor immediately took me off this medicine when I finally advised her of the language problem it presented. I could be reading a sentence and forget a word's meaning.
tapentadol: I have Adhesive Arachnoiditis which causes constant severe pain. I had been on many different medications including Oxy. I asked my dr to find a medication that would help with the pain and Most importantly NOT give me the "high" sensation. Nucynta 250 ER and Nucynta IR 50mg for break through pain has work wonders!! It doesn't eliminate my pain but it keeps it at a tolerable level. I have very few side effects. The most noticeable is breaking out in sweats. For no specific reason I will start sweating profusely while in an air conditioned environment. Other than that I get a little drowsy sometimes. Nucynta has been a life saver!!
Nucynta (tapentadol): I have been taking Nucynta for about 2 years now. This medicine seems to be helping with my back pain. I started at the low dose of 50mg then went to 75mg and am now taking 100mg every 4-5 hrs as well as taking the 100mg Extended Release tablets every 12 hrs. They work great although my only complaint would be that they make me sweat profusely when doing any activity that includes work. I even start to pour sweat when just sitting after 1 hour of taking it. As well it makes me very tired. I find myself trying hard to keep my eyes open when I'm sedentary.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I started Nucynta 100mg 3x/day because I have severe back problems. Norcos/Vicodin were not working. First day I was on it, it took about an hour to kick in (about 12am I got my prescription at 11pm). I had had bizarre/violent dreams. I took it before work (I didn't drive) and I have a desk job. I spent most of the day drooling. Day 2 great night sleep, no bizarre dreams fell asleep no problem. Went to work and was hot and sweaty (the office was at 69 degrees and it was raining), worst dry mouth you could imagine. No appetite and drank a ton of water. Day 3 diarrhea, sweaty, no appetite. As for the pain management it worked better than Vicodin but I still feel a burning.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I have been on the same dose of tapentadol and tramadol for 2 years for atypical trigeminal neuralgia with no development of tolerance. Limited gastrointestinal side effects and no CNS side effects. The medication has not lost any efficacy and has been more effective for my pain than Duragesic (fentanyl) 25mcg patches. With the Nucynta savings program I pay only $25 a month for 120 tablets.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I started Nucynta the first time and was on a low dose of 25mg of Zoloft. Had been taking hydrocodone 10mg for several years. The reason for Zoloft was for minor depression that the hydrocodone causes. The first two pills I had of Nucynta caused insomnia and weird dreams and a bit of anxiety. Also, I had shivering and so hot I felt I was burning up. Even though my Rheumatologist/pain specialist suggested I give it 5 days, I did not. Well, a couple of weeks later I am trying it again. So far, so good. My pain level is better but not yet all gone. I did have to take a hydrocodone early in the morning as I started having withdrawal symptoms from not taking it. I was told I would not. Glad for Nucynta. I have neuropathy, fibromyalgia, 2 kinds of arthritis.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Review by tiredofpaininGA (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Nucynta ER (tapentadol): I've had chronic back/hip pain for over 10 years. I've recently come of fentanyl patches and needed something to keep the pain at bay. I started on 50mg Nucynta 2x a day and was miserable. After much begging the pain management centre agreed to see me after a week. They switched me to Nucynta ER 100mg and life is MUCH better. I still have breakthrough pains 1 to 2x a day, and HOPE to address this when I return in to PM in July. However, this is working as well as fentanyl did. Grateful for the "coupon" provided by the manufacturer, otherwise this would be an expensive treatment.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): This medicine is a lifesaver! I have Lupus and have been having extreme hip and back pain lately. I have been on numerous medicines and am allergic to codeine, Vicodin, and Percocet so its difficult to find adequate pain relief without other side effects like nausea, vomiting, light-headedness. Nucynta does not give me a "high" feeling and I have not experienced nausea with this medicine. The only downside to this medicine is its expensive! I encourage people to call the company and apply for the savings card. I'm awaiting mine, and if it goes through you will pay no more than $25 a refill. Hope some others get relief with this medicine like me. Right now I could kiss my orthopedic surgeon for prescribing me Nucynta!
49 users found this comment helpful.
Review by captaillat (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
tapentadol: I've found that Nucynta (Palexia in Europe) has been a great for me. I've had lumbar pain on and off for 35 years. For the last seven years it's been chronic, sometimes incapacitating. I was on the hydrocodone ladder (5, 7.5, 10), (x4, x6, x8, per day) until a doctor where I work said "Whoa! That's way too much Acetaminophen. It's dangerous." He prescribed Tramadol. It helped somewhat - and had an upper limit (for me) of about 300mg/day before nausea set in. A year and a half ago he suggested I try Palexia (the trade name in Europe). What a difference it made! Some tolerance (not much) and no dependence I can discern, nothing like the "codones". Easy to lay off it whenever. For me it's great!
Nucynta ER (tapentadol): I have nevre damage due to spinal cord surgery. I have tried several long term and short term pain medications and everything made me tired that I could not work while taking the medication. The pain doctor then put me on Nucynta which I take at night and it works wonderful. I still take pain medication during the day for break thorough pain as I cannot take the Nucynta while I am working.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I've been on Nucynta for just over a year. I started with the typical meds for back pain Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, etc. Unfortunately I seem to either have massive bad reactions or they don't work, no in between. Because of this my pain wasn't controlled and it was having a toll on me physically and emotionally. Nucynta has allowed me to rebuild my life and body. I had some side effects at first but my doctor started on low doses and slowly built up the dose to where it got my pain to a tolerable level. I found that the regular Nucynta caused to much of an up and down in pain levels but the ER took care of that. Like everything it is an individual reaction.
52 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I tried this medicine at 50mg up to 4x per day and is very helpful for chronic neck, shoulder pain I have suffered for years. There are no highs and lows like other pain medicines, also had a nerve block injection to area and that removed the pain 100%. I highly recommend it, and a nerve block. It scared me too, but worked.
39 users found this comment helpful.
tapentadol: When I first went to PM he took me off my 6 x 10mg hydrocodone/day. I have had triple fusion in my neck, multiple knee surgeries, arthritis, migraines chronic kidney stones so I stay in chronic pain. I was terrified to go off hydros, that has been my only source of pain relief. Well. The 100mg ER. Didn't work so I had withdrawal from hydrocodone and then the pain was horrible. I went back to the PM And he upped my dose to 150mg ER. Twice a day, and 75mg. Once a day for breakthrough pain. It was like magic. It was wonderful. As long as I don't over exert myself I rarely need the breakthrough medicine. It is great pain medicine once you get the right dose.
Nucynta (tapentadol): Was prescribed after suffering nerve damage after surgery from a complicated plueral effusion. The stabbing. Pain is gone after OxyContin made me feel like my head was in a cloud. Was also prescribed Lyrica. I feel a sharp pain when I try to take a deep breath or yawn but other than that I have been pain free. My PM is talking about a nerve block and I am not to keen on that idea. This medicine is fantastic no side effects.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Review by axial neck pain (taken for less than 1 month):
Nucynta (tapentadol): 1st 4 days were great, no pain and no lethargy. Day 5 began with stomach upset and hot flashes. Day 6 brought anxiety ending in severe depression and psychotic break. All resolved after cessation in 24 hours.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I am 35yrs. Old and have had severe fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, migraines and chronic fatigue. I had been suffering since my early 20's. Tried everything and backed it up with research. Nothing made the pain tolerable enough. Nucynta 100mg. E. R. 2x. A day gives me 24hr. Pain control when taken with 100mg. Of tramadol. Found the doctor who prescribed it just a year ago. I was a ball of pain on my couch, could not work, actually....I had no life. My doctor is conducting trials in using this for fibromyalgia. 97% success. I had forgotten what a body not riddled with chronic pain felt like. He is a pioneer and trying to get this medication to those who need it to function. It was difficult to get approved. I have a life!
61 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta ER (tapentadol): I am 30 years old and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 25. Over the years, it kept getting worse and worse. It was beginning to interfere with my life. I had a very poor quality of life. I finally after suffering for over a year, I decided I needed real help. I had been on many other pain medications, but Nucynta ER was different. The day I got my prescription filled, and took it that night, I woke up a changed person. I'm not sure exactly how long I'd suffered but, Nucynta ER has given me my life back. My depression and anxiety are non-existent. I feel awesome!
20 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I have non-repairable Ulnar nerve damage caused by a surgeon. Have struggled with a 7 to 9 pain level for the last 18 month's. At one point I was taking 4 x 10MG Oxycodones a day with very little relief. Two days after switching to Nucynta ER, my pain level has been around 0-2. Absolutely gave me my life back. No side effects and no withdrawals. My insurance does not cover, but my doctor gave a card that insures I never pay more than $25.00 per month.
49 users found this comment helpful.
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