Tapentadol 100mg is a very strong analgesic which belongs to class opioids. It is branded as Nucynta and the extended release version is branded as Nucynta ER. Tapentadol 100mg is used in treatment of short term moderate or high chronic pain due to injury or after surgery. It is taken orally with water and starts its effect within 45-60 minutes. Tapentadol 100mg works on brain and spine as it affects the reflexes working towards pain. Being in opioid class analgesic Tapentadol 100mg is also classified in narcotic.
Usage and Dosage
Tapentadol is a narcotic pain medication and is prescribed in treatment of moderate to acute pain. Nucynta ER is the extended release form of Tapentadol which is given for round the clock treatment of pain where other medication in not adequate.
Immediate Release Tablet & Solution:
The initial dose should start with 75-100mg orally every 4 to 6 hours depending on the intensity of pain for 3 days and can be increased however should not be prescribed more than 600 mg per day.
Extended Release Tablets:
Initial dose is 50 mg orally twice a day and maximum dose will be 500 mg per day
This analgesic is taken orally with full glass of water and can be taken with or without food. If the patient is feeling vomiting after taking the medicine it is recommended to take it with food. In case of extended release Tapentadol, patient has to stop taking any other pain killer 24 hours before starting Tapentadol. Ensure that Tapentadol pills should not be crushed, break or dissolved, it is swallowed as whole to avoid exposure to potentially fatal dose.
Do’s and Don’ts
This medicine is taken as prescribed and all the direction written on the prescription or label need to be followed strictly. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Contact your Doctor to ask safe way to stop this medicine.
Tapentadol 100mg is not prescribed to the patient using MAO inhibitor for last 14 days, which includes methylene blue, linezolid, rasagiline or isocarboxazid. This may lead to a dangerous drug interaction.
Tapentadol 100mg is an addictive analgesic even at a regular dose hence this should be taken as prescribed strictly. This medicine should not be shared with any other patient or person, misuse and abuse of this narcotic medicine can cause addiction, overdose and in extreme conditions death.
Inform the doctor about pregnancy or any other medical history related to kidney, liver, stomach or brain. Its utmost important as Tapentadol 100mg may cause life threatening withdrawal symptoms in new infants if the mother has taken this medicine during pregnancy. Don’t use alcohol or any other drug along with this medicine otherwise it may lead to fatal side effects.
Side Effects and Precautions
- Constipation, Nausea, Vomiting
- Unusual drowsiness, Dullness
- Weakness and mood swings
- Change in Vision
- Anxiety, amnesia
- Convulsions, Drowsiness
- Breathing depression
- Mental fatigue
- Rash, hives or itching
- Tightness in the chest
- Joint Pain, Stiffness