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 106 62
Fibromyalgia 53 39
Muscle and joint pain 27 13
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome 5 1
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 4 1

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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 22
Mild 32
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with tapentadol

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking tapentadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg twice daily 5
50 mg four times daily 4
250 mg twice daily 2
100 mg daily 1
50 mg twice daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
150 mg twice daily 1
300 mg daily 1
200 mg twice daily 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 8
Change in health plan coverage 4
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking tapentadol

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking tapentadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 62
Usually 22
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 14
Not at all hard to take 66
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 3
$50-99 19
$25-49 18
< $25 19
Not specified 30

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking tapentadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 10
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 2
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 2

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Patients stopped taking tapentadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone 2
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 2
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 1
Clomipramine (Anafranil) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1

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7 patient evaluations for tapentadol

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: 100 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

Jun 14, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (jerky movements)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Causes me to jump out of my skin occasionally. Dr. Prescribed Baclofen for myoclonic jerks
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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