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User Reviews for Tapentadol

Also known as: Nucynta, Nucynta ER

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Tapentadol Rating Summary

6.7/10 Average Rating

295 Ratings with 252 User Reviews

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "Works well to control my pain. I have been on fentanyl for 8 years. Converting to this drug has many good results. There are however many side effects but I hope to control some by tolerance until drug is completely in system"

   
8.0

Keith esson August 25, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I have been on so many hydrocodone & oxicodone strengths & combinations that have given me, on a scale of 0 - 10, a 3 at best. I have degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, and hip/SI joint pain from ankylosing spondylitis. I don't take it every day, but as I need to. That should say something right there! I take the 50mg, up to 2x/day. It didn't make me sick to my stomach either. I will add one caveat - I have not gotten any migraine relief, which is what it was originally prescribed for."

   
7.0

Lady Anne (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 24, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I've been on nucynta 150mg for months, I feel no relief of my pain, which is sever in my back. This drugs doesn't even make me sleepy, it's as if I'm taking nothing! I feel it is worthless as a form of pain management!"

   
1.0

Christine Lynn August 23, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "ok"

   
6.0

lacys August 20, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "I have OA in my knees and muscular joint pain. I took Oxycodone for several years. I have a T11/12 herniation and 2 lumber bulges. The spinal issues cause my feet to burn after lying in bed for a couple hours which lead to many sleepless nights. I was prescribed Gabapentin. It was 90% efficient in blocking the neuropathy but caused horrible cognitive side effects. I asked the doctor to let me try Nucynta. Not only did it work better than the oxy on my OA and such, it was nearly as effective as the gabapentin for nerve pain. I take Nucynta ER 50 twice daily and Nucynta IR 50 once daily if needed. The Nucynta causes no euphoria as with the oxycodone. I sleep 8 hours a night and no burning sensation in my feet."

   
9.0

Faithinmymeds August 20, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "Saw pain Doc went over all my test, MRI results and did an exam. Should have known he was a Nucynta ER pusher by all the posters in the office. Started me off at 150 mg x2 a day , and in the beginning it seem to work alone with Dilaudid fir BT pain. Saw the Doc 2 days before surgery and 3 months on Nucynta ER I told him it wasn't really working for me he said well let's UP your dose to 200 mg 2x a day. I had surgery no issues. Until I started back on the Nucynta ER. I had hallucinations, loss of memory and violent rage. I don't remember the last two days I was taking the medication. I ended up in the ER 3 days after spine surgery cause I went into a fit of rage. Pain Doc was called he said it was the Nucynta and to stop taking it. Bad drug"

   
4.0

Ace261 August 13, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I was put on this medication and taken off hydromorphone. It was horrible! I was given 50mg three times a day. I had hot flashes, restless leg syndrome, headaches and blurred vision. The blurred vision was so bad it was making me dizzy. It also made me so weak and washed out feeling that I could hardly make it through the day. I went back to my pain doctor to complain about this medication and she put me back on the hydromorphone which was working perfectly in the first place!"

   
1.0

Horrible Hannah (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 1, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "After 10 years of a combination of treatments that included fentanyl 100mcg every 72 hrs and dilaudid 2mg 4x prn daily with injections, facet, and nerve block. I was diagnosed with Ms in early 2014 on top of a major back injury and a decade of chronic pain. I moved to a different state and was taken off these meds without taper so I not only went through withdrawal but was sent Into a Ms relapse. I was put on nucynta and was experiencing major headaches, disorientation, flushing, dizziness,and more.. After my husband thinking maybe my blood pressure was elevated I took my blood pressure and discovered it was dangerously low, 75/35! When between doses my readings we're a normal 110/72 but no more than 15 minutes after it dropped again!"

   
1.0

TN in pain (taken for less than 1 month) July 23, 2016

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"Having been on Fentanyl lozenges and patches (became addicted cold turkey to come off) Morphine (on for too long) I was prescribed Tapentadol 150mg twice a day although it was supposed to last 12 hours it never did. I then started to get flu symptoms every two weeks 15 times this year so I am coming off the drug down to 150 a day and already feeling better in my head although pain is very bad so will need to find something more suitable. Problem is nerve damage in my spine. In the UK so no cost to me."

   
5.0

Spotjack (taken for 1 to 2 years) July 21, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "For fibromyalgia - This drug did absolutely nothing for me, like taking a placebo pill. No pain relief WHATSOEVER. I was tried on 200mg ER. I noticed that after about an hour and a half after taking a dose, I would pass out asleep for about an hour and then wake up not remembering that I even fell asleep. Very strange. I'd wake up in full blown pain and I also had stomach cramps which made my pain levels and overall experience much worse. I was so hopeful for this drug because it's said to treat diabetic neuropathy which I also have in addition to the fibromyalgia but it didn't do anything at all to relieve my pain. You'd be better off taking Tylenol instead of this, that's how terrible it is."

   
1.0

Vee12 (taken for less than 1 month) July 20, 2016

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"Was skeptical when doctors swapped me from endone to slow release (SR) tapentadol. Huge headache and nausea 1st week. Over next month felt like the twice daily 50 mg would wear off in 5 hours. So specialist has doubled dose to 4 x per day. I feel a bit weird for the first hour after taking it but thats better than the up and down effect of endone. I feel like the pain is better controlled now taking dose 4 times per day. But general doctor was reluctant to increase, so very glad I saw the specialist and his recognized that pain that SIJD causes."

   
7.0

Ness-SIJ and disk injury July 2, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I've been on Fentanyl patches (100 mcg) for a decade with Methadose for breakthrough. The Methadose was discontinued when our state legislature decided they'd place a cap on the daily dose for opioids. Fentanyl was nothing short of miraculous for spinal pain, but it didn't touch the pain in my bones. My physician added Nucynta recently. I had serious doubts, but I discover the Nucynta worked. Something nothing else had done. I had to fight to for MONTHS get it approved (covered). Eventually, it was approved. But only for a year. We'll be forced to fight it out once more next Spring. :( No side effects at all!"

   
10

XenaBard (taken for less than 1 month) June 29, 2016

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"Didn't really help mynpain"

   
1.0

Brst (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 25, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I took 150 mg x 2 daily of nucynta for full body stabbing pain and it didn't even help one bit for the pain. I do not recommend this drug to anyone, it is a waste of time , money and it doesn't work for moderate to severe pain. There was a survey on Facebook the other day in a support group and nucynta helped only 1 in 10 people for there pain. The only positive side it had no side effects for me but I rather had it made me sleepy and help my pain then waste my time and money. Disgrace of a pill"

   
1.0

Kurtfen (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 24, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "I suffered a compression fracture at L2, and I have had a failed posterior lumbar interbody fusion at L4 five and L5 S one. I am disabled and only want a life that is worth living. My New pain management physician started me early this week on Nucynta ER 100 mg every 12 hours, and for break through pain to take oxycodone acetaminophen 10/325 four times daily. I'm not getting much relief from the Nucynta ER 100 mg. I am very disappointed. I will consult with my doctor to see what he feels I should do. I am so unhappy with our government, that is harassing people that are 10 times more educated than they are, on "proper prescribing behavior" for the treatment of chronic pain. This is a disgrace to the USA!"

   
3.0

Yanni999 June 18, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "Run from it. Ive been taking it for four years.more u take the more u have to have. Its synthetic and very addictive. 100mg.tab equils 40 mg.morphine. i was taking 6 per day it dulls the pain but it dulls ur mind too.im off it now and i feel alive and most of my back pain is starting to subside.i take mobic, and im great. When i got hurt it actually helped but i built up a tolerance to it over 4 years.ive got 5 discs messed up."

   
5.0

sp sparky (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 16, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "This medication was terrible! It did nothing for my nerve pain or the pain in my lower back. My DR wanted to try it and i agreed and it was a month worth of mistake. I was in pain even when i took 2 50mg at a time. I would say its a medication that should be used in cases where u dont have a very high pain level. I wouldn't recommend it"

   
1.0

jaywithms (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 7, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "This drug gave me bad reaction from the very first dose. My doctor thinks I had Serotonin Syndrome from taking this with an antidepressant. I got a fast heart rate, flushed face, restless, like taking some kind of stimulant. They cut my antidepressant dose in half which helped some but I still couldn't stand the side effects. Lots of nausea too. Pain relief was ok but not great."

   
2.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "Mood swings 8-10x @day very bad to to the point checking out hit me 4-5 x @ day.NO THANKS keep it nucynta def not for me.?"

   
1.0

Bear5519 (taken for less than 1 month) May 19, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I have three herniated discs in my lower back. I started taking Nucynta after I built up a tolerance of other pain killers (Codine, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone). If I take a whole pill, it puts me to sleep, the pain goes away but my face and neck itch, this can last 6 hours. I have found if I take half a pill, it takes the edge off the pain and there's no itching and I don't feel sleepy; I can work and even drive. I take these halves every 5 hours until I know the pain subsides.I'm on and off these pills; never had other side effects. I don't take them long enough (maybe 2-4 days) to get addicted."

   
8.0

AndrewSCski (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 7, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I'm not sure why this medication is considered a schedule II 'narcotic'. Perhaps having been prescribed Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, and Fentanil in the past is a factor in forming this opinion, but I have been fortunate enough to find a specialist willing to treat fibromyalgia-related pain with Nucynta. This medication does not give me any of the usual negative opioid side effects, nor the weird SSRI/SNRI type mental side effects of Tramadol. Nausea is rare and possibly unrelated, no itching, or lack of mental clarity. I can see why it would be inadequate for post-surgical or trauma-induced pain but it works perfectly for my current state of managing physical therapy after a long period of inactivity."

   
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GhettoPharmacologist (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 1, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "Broke every bone in left foot crushed ! knee injuries left knee replaced last yr shoulder this yr it sucks getting old but nuycynta is a god sent miracle i wish ins would cover the regular not the time release i slept much better on regular for 2 yrs oh well rules"

   
10

Spanky fl (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 27, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "I have only been on nucyta for about a week I think like It the hot flashes I'm hoping will pass in time as well as the morning withdrawal so so good"

stuff it! April 22, 2016

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Nucynta ER (tapentadol): "I've got very severe osteoarthritis on 100% of my spine. a ruptured disk at L2 that even the best Neurosurgeons told me they couldn't fix because of all the holes in my vertebrae from the osteoarthritis so fusion won't work either. So, I've been on 15mg of Roxicodone 4 times a day for the last 6 years. Today my Dr and I decided to try a combo of 2 drugs, Nucynta 100mg and Hysingla ER 60mg Haven't taken any Roxi today just to see if the Nucynta ER helps any, and it does but not as good as the Roxi. Having to wait on the Hysingla ER until Friday. I'll report back on this after I get those and use for a week,"

StevieJ (taken for less than 1 month) April 19, 2016

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Nucynta (tapentadol): "Was put on this by my PD for around the clock pain relief. At first it seemed to work fine with minimal sides. The ER that I was on definitely didn't last anywhere close to what the company claims in their literature. Could feel it wearing off after just 3 hrs. Sides were minimal but the hot feeling that some have mentioned here started becoming very annoying, and that was only with the 100's. Mentioned this to my PD and all she did was put me on a higher dose - something tells me she must be getting huge kickbacks from Janssen, the mfr."

   
6.0

slayer88 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 15, 2016

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