Supposedly it's a newer version of Tramadol with less side effects.
Nucynta is an opiate pain reliever. It is the first new molecule for pain relief to be developed within the past 25 years. It is approved to treat moderate-to-severe short-term pain in adults.
This medication is a narcotic and is a "controlled substance" in the United States.
Nucynta is classified as a "centrally acting opioid analgesic." This means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. Much like morphine, Nucynta binds to certain opioid receptors in the body known as μ ("mu") receptors.
Nucynta also works a little like some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is one of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another. As a message travels down a nerve, it causes the end of the cell to release norepinephrine.
The norepinephrine enters the gap between the first nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell and the message continues on its way. The first cell then quickly absorbs any norepinephrine that remains in the gap between cells; this is called "reuptake." By inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine, Nucynta essentially increases its activity.
However, for more info do talk to a doc/pharmacist, hope the info helped?
Take care, best wishes!
Hello shamanette. Just to add to what Rajive said. The usual list of warnings in that you should let your doctor know if you have kidney, liver issues etc. One that stood out for me is if you have any issues regarding the lungs, as in disease. Nucynta can cause a person to have slow irregular breathing. The drug comes out in 3 strengths. 50, 75, and 100mg. Being a new drug there will not be a generic for some time to come. Regards, pledge
I took Nucynta for chronic back pain and it worked wonders for my pain. I had to stop it due to it giving me headaches. It doesn't do this to everybody though. It is a great pain medicine in my opinion. Hope it works great for you. Best wishes. Ruth
Hi - I have not been on Nucynta, but an neurologist advised me that it has a similar effect to Cymbalta, but with an opiate also. At the time I was on Cymbalta, and he offered this advice as a suggestion to kill two birds with one stone. Hope this helps a bit - ElizaJane
Ten yrs ago I was taking tramadol for pain due to AVN and fibromyalgia. It was the worst experience I've had with a medication. It was just like being on a really bad trip. My doctor has started me on nucynta 4x@day. I have been on it for 3 days and I haven't had any effect so far. I will keep you posted but so far I am not impressed. They say give it a couple of weeks for it to get into our system so I'll write my results later.
My pmdr started me on the nucynta and I have to admit it was a horrible experience. Not only did it not help the pain, but the side effects became intolerable. I did try and give it a fair chance, but after 5 days of severe headaches, sleepiness and nausea, not to mention the more rare side effect of developing a really painful UTI, I quit and had to try something else. Hopefully it will work better for you. Best of luck!
Okie dokie, Nucynta was approved by the FDA in 2009. I take 75mg every 4-6 hours. As with all medications, it will effect everyone differently. I absolutely love it, it has done wonder for me. I asked about it after seeing it online, and because it is also an analgesic my doctor had no problem giving it to me. He also didn't seem to mind me asking to up it to the 75, since the 50 wasn't quite enough. The only issue I personally have had is headaches. You ARE allowed to take acetaminophen (or a type of medication like Excedrine Migraine/Extra Strength) with it because Nucynta does not contain any acetaminophen. I even asked the doctor. There isn't yet a generic but if you go to their official site, you can print out a coupon that you only pay $25 a script for it. I couldn't afford it without that coupon. You can use the same one for up to 14 scripts a calendar year, then you just print a new one.
Any other questions, just post a comment and I will get a notification and answer right away. I have no problem sharing my personal info so that others may be better informed.
I was on it for close to a month, and the side effects where terrible. The first few weeks it didn't do anything for me, then out of no where I started getting flu like symptoms and I was awful! My doc gave me a 24hour pill, so I was stuck feeling like that for a full day. When I brought what I had left back to her, she said a lot of other patients had said the same thing I did. It works for some, but I am not one of those people. I hated it. But if it works for you, do it up! Just be ready for side effects if you are one of the lucky ones. :)
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