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Review by half dead dave (taken for less than 1 month):
Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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 (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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) for Pain: 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) for Pain: 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.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
27 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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!
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
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Review by axial neck pain (taken for less than 1 month):
Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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!
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: 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.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: Nucynta,- started off with 50mg 2-3 x daily, had pretty weird side effects, talked with doctor who encouraged me to stick with it for a week, also was on 5mg oxycodone's 4x daily, after about the 5th day all of the nausea, and side effects all dissipated with the exception of increased anxiety (which runs in my family to the point of debilitating) so I simply increased my 0.5mg Xanax to 1.0mg as needed worked out fine, next visit I was increased to Nucynta 100 mg 3~4x daily, wow felt like I was 19 again, 2 months later changed out my dosing to 100mg Nucynta extended release 2x daily, decreased my anxiety problems, ahh also increased my oxycodone to 10mg's 4x daily,-end stage osteoarthritis back, neck, knees, shoulders, etc.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: I Was Only Taking Nucynta For 3 Months, And Had To Switch To Another Narcotic Pain Med Because Of The Serious Side Effects. I Had Terrible Anxiety Attacks Which Required Me To Take Xanax. The Absolute WORST Side Effect That I Had Were The Hallucinations...I Thought I Was Going Totally Insane! I Have A Friend Who Takes This, And It Works Well For Her, But I Must Have Been Allergic To It!
22 users found this comment helpful.
Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: I have been on Nucynta for 1 1/2 yrs. I've had major problems with pain meds. Vomiting, not sleeping to very high liver counts. I've had 4 surgeries on my wrist in 3 yrs. 1 being a internal amputation of the ulna hump & approx 3" of bone. Picture that hump in your wrist & 3" of the bone that is attached to it gone. Bone hitting bone, pain I wouldn't wish on anyone. My PM put me on 50mg x 2-4 times a day. For the 1st time in 14 yrs I'm almost pain free. I'm going this week to have the dosage increased. I had to stop working and I never thought that I would have a normal life or be able to hold my grand kids. Now I have 6 grand kids and I spend everyday with them. I can even pick them up and hold them. My newest is 8wks old. Nucynta saved me.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: I have been on Nucynta for 2 years following a ten - twelve foot fall. Nucynta is without a doubt the best pain medication I have ever been prescribed. It works well on my severe shoulder, back, and neck pain. Without the nasty side effects of other opiates I was taking such as Hydrocodone. I am able to stay alert and I have not built up a tolerance to it. Nucynta has been a game changer for me. . .
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: Was prescibed Nucynta 100mg initially. It took effect within approx. 1hr. I, too, felt loopy & out of it. I felt I was hallucinating and had strange off the wall kind of "dreams". So I called Dr back & exchanged the prescription. I had asked to try the 75mg but guess I scared Dr with my symptoms. So I was prescribed 50mg. I have been on this dosage for 4 days. Doesn't last long enough and does NOTHING to manage my pain. I have spinal stenosis as well as scoliosis and degeneration of discs (virtually no discs) between L1-L5. Osteoarthritis in knees as well as in lower back. This medication works well on some, not so with others.
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Nucynta (tapentadol) for Pain: I was having pretty severe post surgical pain. Oxycontin gave me a pounding headache and caused depression and insomnia. Tramadol did not help. I started taking Nucynta 50mg yesterday. I must say it on a scale of 1 to 10 my pain is now a negative 10! When it wears off its pretty sharp and uncomfortable. Taking 1 50mg tab every 4-6 hours. Dr said I can take 2 pills but haven't needed to. I recommend this for anyone who has issues with the usual pain medicines. I have also been drinking prune juice because it does have constipation effect.
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