The following information is NOT intended to endorse drugs or recommend therapy. While these reviews might be helpful, they are not a substitute for the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care.
Compare all 1814 medications used in the treatment of Pain.
Reviews for Tapentadol to treat Pain
Review by Himalay2:
Nucynta (tapentadol): I was given a single dose of Nucynta for pain after hip replacement surgery. The side effects were just weird, a feeling of being disconnected from my body and mental confusion. I was also nauseous with vomiting. I never had this effect with Demerol, Percocet or Valium. Maybe I was allergic to it.
Nucynta (tapentadol): After taking second pill had to go to E.R. I couldn't control my emotions I broke down balling like a baby no reason why just uncontrollable need to cry. Never had these side effects with opiate pain relievers.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I was only on Nucynta for 2 days. 50 mg tabs x 3 times a day. I have been taking tramadol with no problems, but thought this might work better, as tramadol does not always control my pain.
I must be very sensitive, as this medicine on day 1 made me feel as if my body were speeding, but tired and loopy at the same time.
Day 2 was more of the same, but I needed a higher dose in order to control a pain level of 7 that comes upon me as the day wears on. I decided I did not want to go to 100mg because of my sensitivity to this medicine.
Nucynta (tapentadol): After surgery I was given Oxycodone. I asked my Dr for something similar that would not make me itch crazy like Oxycodone does. He gave me Nucynta time released. Both Oxycodone and Nucynta has same results for killing pain and they both make you itch because they are narcotic. The two negatives for me on Nucynta was bad dreams and withdrawals. The withdrawals happened after a week of being on them. I stopped taking one day and I was up all night sweating and shakes, felt like the worst flu.
11 users found this comment helpful.
tapentadol: I have been on Tapentadol for about 2 months as well as taking numerous amounts of other medicines. I have found that it does help with my lower back pain but I am struggling with some side effects like constantly feeling tired and lack of energy. I have found that to help sleep at night I take Endep. This helps with sleep but when I first took it I had bad nightmares but they have gone now. Before Tapentadol I was in constant pain ranging from 10 to an 8 my pain levels have now dropped to a 4 to 5 on bad days and good days 2 to a 4 which for me is worth battling with some small side effects.
Nucynta ER (tapentadol): I just started Nucynta ER I took the first dose at bedtime could not sleep the entire night, had some upset stomach, that's the bad side, I have 3 damaged disc in my neck and 3 damaged disc in my lower back, so I have a great amount of pain but from the first dose pain didn't stop completely but was greatly improved I don't know if this medication helps with anxiety but it gave me a sense of calm, didn't sleep but felt very relaxed, my cost after insurance and a coupon was only 25.00.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I have numerous chronic conditions but I will speak about my pain. I have been attending the pain clinic for approximately 5 years and have tried every conceivable pain medication that I could get including a ketamine iv , nothing has worked until now. I am on 500 mg of Palexia/tapentadol/Nucynta and it works. I have nerve damage due to an undiagnosed neurological condition with symptoms copying Multiple Sclerosis. It has taken about 8 weeks for it to work but it has made a big difference. Side effects are no sleep (chronic), dizziness (goes away) and mood swings. I want to stay on it and hopefully my doctor can help with the sleep, so anyone just on it or about to go on it please give it a bit of time.
32 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol): I tried Nucynta but had too many side effects on it. First of all, I had terrible nightmares on it and secondly it made me terribly constipated. I could not poop at all on Nucynta and didn't poop until 3 days after stopping taking the medication.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Backpainer man (taken for less than 1 month):
tapentadol: Gave it a try but side effects too much, I was a Meercat with the super anxiety and insomnia. No pain relief, next morning heart lungs working overtime. Paracetamol was much more effective with less side effects.
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 !!
28 users found this comment helpful.
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.
28 users found this comment helpful.
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.
26 users found this comment helpful.
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.
25 users found this comment helpful.
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.
26 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.
37 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.
14 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!
71 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.
Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Data sources include Micromedex™ (updated Mar 13th, 2014), Cerner Multum™ (updated Apr 15th, 2014), Wolters Kluwer™ (updated Apr 3rd, 2014) and others. To view content sources and attributions, refer to our editorial policy.