What is tapentadol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 96 53
Fibromyalgia 50 37
Muscle and joint pain 26 11
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 4 1
Back pain 3 2
Chronic Pain Syndrome 3 3

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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
Severe 8
Moderate 18
Mild 29
None 27

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with tapentadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 7
Drowsiness 4
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4
Balance problems 2
Brain fog 2
Diarrhea 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking tapentadol

Dosage Patients
50 mg twice daily 4
100 mg twice daily 4
50mg as needed 3
50 mg four times daily 2
150 mg twice daily 2
300 mg daily 2
100mg as needed 2
50 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1
50 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking tapentadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 18
Side effects too severe 14
Expense 12
Doctor's advice 10
Other 7
Change in health plan coverage 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 2
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Duration

Currently taking tapentadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 5

Stopped taking tapentadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 55
Usually 19
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 60
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 18
$25-49 17
< $25 15
Not specified 26

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking tapentadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER) 3
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 2
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Buprenorphine (Subutex) 1

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Patients stopped taking tapentadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER) 2
Clomipramine (Anafranil) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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7 patient evaluations for tapentadol

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StarSapphire
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StarSapphire
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F60y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jul 1, 2015 (Started Mar 04, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Back pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily

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ldylarke
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ldylarke
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: all
Description:F47y
CFS:?y
FM:6y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Nov 13, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Back 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

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Shesammy.
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Shesammy.
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 52
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Jun 14, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Jerky movements (myoclonus))
  • 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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