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Tapentadol

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 02, 2019

Tapentadol is known to be an opioid medicine that helps with pain. An opioid is also commonly known as a narcotic. The drug is prescribed to provide relief for moderate to even acute pain.

Before starting Tapentadol it is best that you provide your medical practitioner details about your medical history, such as, any current health issues you are suffering from, any allergies you have and the list of medicines you are presently taking. The drug is not recommended for patients with acute asthma or problems with breathing as well as bowel obstruction.

You may experience some side effects when you start taking Tapentadol. Some common side effects include constipation, vomiting and nausea, stiffness and pain in the muscles. Some of the more severe side effects are pain in the bladder, chills, cough, and problems with breathing, headache and fever. Major side effects can lead to complications, thus they should be immediately reported to your doctor.

When it comes to dosage, your doctor may start you off with about 50 mg and keep increasing it depending on how your body reacts to the medication. A maximum dosage of about 250 mg can be prescribed.

Tapentadol is not meant for pregnant women as it is known to have a negative impact on the fetus. Even breast feeding mothers are not advised to take this medicine as it can affect infants. The medicine should be taken as it has been prescribed by your doctor. The drug can lead to addiction as it is a narcotic, thus it should be taken as per the dosage that has been provided by the doctor only. Tapentadol should not be discontinued suddenly as it can result in withdrawal symptoms. Moreover the drug is meant to be taken whole. Avoid crushing or chewing the drug. Store Tapentadol at room temperature and avoid moisture and heat contact.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.
  • Pain

    Tapentadol is used to treat mild to severe pain.
  • Neuropathic Pain

    Tapentadol is used to treat the pain due to nerve damage in the diabetic patients.
  • Allergy

    Not recommended in the patients with known allergy to Tapentadol
  • Lung Disease

    Not recommended in the patients with known history of lung diseases.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

    Not recommended in the patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors or who received monoamine oxidase inhibitors within 14 days.
  • Unusual Tiredness And Weakness

  • Headache

  • Difficulty In Breathing

  • Agitation

  • Drowsiness

  • Itching Or Rash

  • Constipation

  • Nausea

  • Decreased Appetite

  • Increased Sweating

  • Stomach Discomfort And Pain

  • Changes In Vision

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine can be observed for an average duration of 12 hours for an immediate release tablet and 15 to 18 hours for an extended release tablet.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 1.25 hours for an immediate release tablet and 3 to 6 hours for an extended release.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The potential benefits and risks should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?

    Habit forming tendencies have been reported.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. The missed dose can be skipped if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. For extended-release tablet or capsule skip the missed dose and continue with the regular dosing schedule.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor if any symptoms like sleepiness, slow breathing, loss of consciousness appear.
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This medicine belongs to the class of an opioid analgesic. It works by acting on the Mu-opioid receptor, inhibits the pain pathway and thus alters the response to pain. This also causes inhibition of the reuptake of norepinephrine which affects the pain pathway.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Alcohol

    Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases the risk of side effects like dizziness, difficulty in concentration. Do not perform activities that require mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
  • Interaction with Lab Test

    Lab

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Alprazolam

    Opioids like Tapentadol is not recommended with other medicines that act on the central nervous system. Any symptoms of increased sleep, dizziness, breathing difficulty should be reported to the doctor. Patients are advised to avoid driving or operating machinery. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Phenytoin

    Tapentadol should be used with caution in patients receiving phenytoin. Any symptoms of dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty in concentration should be reported to the doctor. Patients are advised to avoid driving or operating machinery. Required dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Codeine

    Opioids like Tapentadol is not recommended with cough medications containing codeine. Any symptoms of increased sleep, dizziness, breathing difficulty should be reported to the doctor. Patients are advised to avoid driving or operating machinery. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Salmeterol

    Tapentadol should be used with caution in patients receiving salmeterol or any adrenergic bronchodilators. Any signs and symptoms of increased blood pressure, irregular heart beats should be reported to the doctor. Close monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the clinical condition.
  • Interaction with Disease

    Impaired Gastrointestinal Function

    Tapentadol should be used with caution in patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Appropriate treatment should be initiated if any symptoms of constipation, irregular bowel movements have been reported. This medicine is not recommended in the patients with known case of infectious diarrhea.

    Seizures

    Tapentadol should be used with caution in the patients with the history of seizures. Inform the doctor if you experience any symptoms of seizures. A decision should be taken whether to discontinue the treatment based on the clinical condition.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
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