What is Nucynta XR?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: tapentadol

Nucynta™ XR is a Canadian brand name for the drug tapentadol, an opioid used for the relief of moderate-to-severe acute pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 19 14
Muscle and joint pain 12 4
Fibromyalgia 7 8
Back pain 1 1
Cauda equina syndrome 1 1
Complex regional pain syndrome type II 1 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
Severe 2
Moderate 8
Mild 5
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nucynta XR

Side effect Patients
Constipation 3
Nausea 2
Balance problems 1
Brain fog 1
Depressed mood 1
Diarrhea 1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nucynta XR

Dosage Patients
100 mg twice daily 4

Why patients stopped taking Nucynta XR

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 5
Did not seem to work 4
Expense 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped taking Nucynta XR

Duration

Currently taking Nucynta XR

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Nucynta XR

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 9
< $25 4
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nucynta XR after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Ibuprofen (Vicoprofen) 1
Hydrocodone XR (Hysingla ER) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1

Patients stopped taking Nucynta XR and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans patch) 1
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
Morphine ER (MS Contin) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Nucynta XR

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: 100 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 15, 2012 (Started Aug 07, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (balance problems, fatigue, vertigo, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Aug 16, 2012 (Started Aug 07, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for complex regional pain syndrome type II)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (balance problems, fatigue, vertigo, brain fog, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 21, 2012 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for costochondritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: make sure you take them when you are supposed to. if you forget or wait too long the pain comes back in spades! Or you will find the dose isn't sufficient. Then you'll be wanting to take it too soon which will leave spaces in dosing where you aren't getting enough. It's a real PITA to keep the doses constant (for me anyway) but as close as you can means the least break through pain likely.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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