What is tapentadol?

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Tapentadol is a type of medicine called an opioid painkiller. The opioids are a group of very strong painkillers. Tapentadol is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that is not relieved by weaker painkillers. It is available as an immediate and extended release medication.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 109 64
Fibromyalgia 55 42
Muscle and joint pain 28 13
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome 5 1
Back pain 3 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 9
Moderate 23
Mild 33
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with tapentadol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 9
Drowsiness 5
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4
Itching 4
Brain fog 3
Dry mouth 3

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking tapentadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg twice daily 3
200 mg daily 1
150 mg twice daily 1
75 mg four times daily 1
400 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
20000 mg twice daily 1
10 1mg as needed 1
25mg as needed 1
30mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking tapentadol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 20
Side effects too severe 15
Expense 12
Doctor's advice 11
Other 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 2
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking tapentadol

Duration

Currently taking tapentadol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 7

Stopped taking tapentadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 64
Usually 23
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 69
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 3
$50-99 19
$25-49 21
< $25 19
Not specified 31

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking tapentadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 11
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 2
Morphine ER (MS Contin) 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 2

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking tapentadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone 2
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 2
Tramadol (Ultram) 2
Clomipramine (Anafranil) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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8 patient evaluations for tapentadol

Jul 22, 2019 (Started Jun 08, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This has been an absolute game changer. My GP doesn't want to prescribe it, but my pain specialist has utterly changed my life by finally finding something that has reduced the agony I was in.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Mar 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 13, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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