Tapentadol

Tapentadol

GeneralInformation

Tapentadol is indicated to helprelieve on-going severe pain. This may also be used to help relieve nerve painor called peripheral neuropathy in people with diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy isabout the conditions that happen when nerves that carry messages to and fromthe brain. Then it passes to the spinal cord from and to other parts of thebody that are diseased.

Howdoes Tapentadol work?

Tapentadol imitates the action of ournatural endorphins. It is by combining with the same opioid receptors in the spinalcord and brain. This blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nervesto the brain. This means that even though the cause of the pain may remain,less pain is actually felt.

Tapentadol also improves the activity of a neurotransmitter callednoradrenaline in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical compounds that actas messengers between the nerve cells. Enhancing the effect of noradrenalinealso helps relieve pain.

Whyuse Tapentadol?

Tapentadol is an opioid ornarcotic pain reliever. This acts on certain centers in the brain to give youpain relief. It relieves pain by mimicking the action of naturally occurring pain-reducingchemicals called endorphins. These are found in the brain and spinal cord. Thatit reduces pain by combining with opioid receptors.

This is a prescription approved bythe Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tapentadol is supplied as anextended-release tablet. Each tablet is available in the strengths of 50 mg,100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, and 250 mg.

Howto use Tapentadol?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response. This is to be taken exactly as it is prescribed. For the best benefit, take it regularly and do not take more or less than it is given by your doctor.

Tapentadol is usually taken twicea day about 12 hours apart. You may take each dose with or without food. Takethis medication with enough water to make sure that you completely swallow thetablet. Remember to take it at the same time each day.

Whatare the side effects of Tapentadol?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased sweating
  • Itching
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weakness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Blurred vision

Warningsand Precautions

  • Let your doctor know if you are allergic to itbefore using. Tell also to your doctor if you have a medical history especiallyof depression, kidney or liver disease.  
  • This may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not use anymachinery or do anything that needs alertness.
  • This should only be used when needed for pregnant women.If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first.
  • Do not share this or any of your medications withothers even they have the same symptoms as yours.