Tapentadol is a drug that is used to treat moderate to severe short-term pain (such as pain from an injury or after surgery). It belongs to the opioid (narcotic) analgesics family of medicines. It alters the way your body perceives and responds to pain by acting on the brain.
Before you start taking tapentadol, and every time you obtain a refill, read the Medication Guide issued by your pharmacist. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns. As recommended by your doctor, take this medicine by mouth. This medication can be used with or without meals. If you suffer nausea, taking this medication with meals may help. Other strategies to reduce nausea might be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible). The dose is determined by your medical condition and treatment response. Do not raise your dosage or use this medication more frequently or for longer than recommended. When the drug is to be stopped, do so properly. When pain drugs are given as soon as the first signals of pain appear, they perform best. If you wait until the pain becomes unbearable, the medicine may not be as effective.
Side effects Tapentadol
It’s possible that you’ll have nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, or sleepiness. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right once if any of these symptoms continue or worsen. Eat fiber-rich foods, drink plenty of water, and exercise to avoid constipation. A laxative may also be required. Inquire with your pharmacist about the best laxative for you. When getting up slowly from a sitting or laying posture, you can lower your risk of dizziness and light headedness. Keep in mind that your doctor ordered this medicine because the benefit to you outweighs the risk of adverse effects. Many people who use this drug don’t have any negative side effects. If you have any significant side effects, such as disorientation, stomach/abdominal discomfort, problems urinating, or evidence that your adrenal glands aren’t functioning properly, contact your doctor immediately away (such as loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, weight loss).
If you have any severe adverse effects, including as slow/shallow breathing, fainting, convulsions, or severe drowsiness/difficulty waking up, get medical attention immediately away. This medicine may produce an increase in serotonin, which might lead to serotonin syndrome/toxicity, which can be very dangerous. If you’re taking additional medications that raise serotonin levels, you’re at a higher risk, so tell your doctor or pharmacist everything you’re taking (see Drug Interactions section). If you have any of the following symptoms: racing heart, hallucinations, lack of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, twitching muscles, unexplained fever, extreme agitation/restlessness, seek medical attention immediately.
This medication Tapentadol seldom causes a severe allergic response. If you detect any symptoms of a major allergic response, such as a rash, itching/swelling (particularly of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or difficulties breathing, get medical attention immediately once.
Drug interactions might cause your prescriptions to perform differently or put you at risk for dangerous adverse effects. This list does not include all potential medication interactions. Keep a list of everything you use (including prescription and nonprescription pharmaceuticals, as well as herbal items) and discuss it with your doctor and pharmacist.