Nucynta Facts

NucyntaR is an opioid pain reliever that is a lot like morphine. It is a type of narcotic. This pain reliever is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain, and pain found in people who have diabetes that is caused from nerve damage.

Who should not use Nucynta

People who have a bowel obstruction, liver or kidney disease, have asthma attacks or are allergic to tapentadol should not use Nucynta. If the patient has used an MAO inhibitor within the last two weeks, taking Nucynta could cause a bad drug reaction. Those who drink alcohol should not take Nucynta, because it can cause dangerous side effects or even death.

How to take Nucynta

Because Nucynta is habit forming in many people, it should only be taken by the person the doctor prescribed it for. Make sure that none of the patient's other medications nor his food contain alcohol. Only take this drug in the amount prescribed by the doctor, and never take it for longer than it was prescribed for. In order to avoid difficult withdrawal symptoms, never stop taking Nucynta suddenly.

Swallow Nucynta whole with a glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Do not chew, break or crush an extended release tablet in order to prevent too much of the drug being released into the body at one time.

Warnings

Make sure to advise the doctor if you have sleep apnea, asthma, curvature of the spine, breathing disorders or a history of a brain tumor or a head injury. Other things the doctor needs to know about is whether or not you have epilepsy, pancreas problems, gallbladder disease or a history of mental illness or a history of alcohol or drug addiction.

A woman who is pregnant or nursing a baby should not take Nucynta. It could cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms or serious breathing problems in a newborn baby if the mother takes it while she is pregnant. These same problems may also pass through the mother's milk while she is nursing her baby.

This drug should never be mixed into liquid form so it can be injected into the vein. Some people have died from using this type of drug that way. Destroy any pills that remain after you stop taking them.

Side effects of Nucynta

If the patient has an allergic reaction to Nucynta, he will have the following symptoms: swelling of the throat, face, tongue, lips and/or hives. Some of the less serious side effects of Nucynta are vomiting and nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and constipation. Other side effects are increased sweating, dry mouth or itching.

If the patient has any of these serious side effects, he should seek medical treatment immediately. The caregiver should watch for a slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, weak pulse, convulsions, difficulty speaking or understanding and severe drowsiness or dizziness. Other serious problems are a fast heart rate, nausea, vomiting, fainting, diarrhea, hallucinations, loss of coordination and agitation.

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