Tapentadol works as an opioid pain medication, which means that these substances act on the opiod receptors present in the body and produce morphine-like effects. In the medical world these types of medications are used with an aim for pain relief including anesthesia. Some other medical uses also include diarrhea, reversing opioid overdose and the suppression of cough. Other than the medical uses opioids are also used for non-medical usage for their euphoric effects and to prevent withdrawal symptoms.Tapentadol is used widely in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is not considered as a pro-drug, which means that this medication after its consumption is metabolized into a biologically active drug therefore their therapeutic effects don’t need to rely on the body metabolism.
Why is Tapentadol prescribed?
· These tablets are used in the treatment procedure of curing moderate to severe acute pain (this type of pain starts off suddenly, it has a very specific cause and is expected to go away only by healing the cause of that pain).
· The tapentadol tablets are majorly utilised in treating severe neuropathic pain (pain caused due to nerve damage) in people suffering from diabetes.
· This medication is only used for treating people who are expected to need medical consumption around-the-clock in order to relieve pain which cannot be controlled through other alternative pain medications.
· It works by changing the way the brain and the overall nervous system responds to pain hence it is in the category of medications called opiate (narcotic).
· Tapentadol is an oral tablet which is usually taken with or without food as per the doctor’s instructions. Overdosing or consuming this drug unsupervised or more than your prescribed limit is not advised.
· Your primary healthcare provider may start off with a low dosage of tapentadol and gradually increase the dosage at any point in time of your treatment in case your pain is not controlled.
· After a period of time prior to its consumption, your body will get used to it.
· Do not stop taking tapentadol without consulting your trusted doctor.
· If you suddenly stop its consumption you may experience withdrawal symptoms like: loss of appetite, runny nose, widening of the pupils, hallucinations and difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep among others.
Some of the side effects of tapentadol consumption include:
· Nausea and vomiting
· Dizziness and drowsiness
· Severe constipation
If any of these side effects persists or gets worse in any way then let your doctor or pharmacist know about it promptly.
In order to prevent constipation, you will be required to eat an adequate amount of fibre containing food and drink plenty of water along with exercising regularly. Select a laxative by consulting your primary healthcare provider in case you experience problems in digestion.
If you want to lessen the risk of dizziness and light-headedness, you will be required to slowly get up from sitting or lying down position.
Many patients using this medication do not experience any sort of a serious side effect. Let your doctor know right away about any of your serious side effects that you may experience, which includes: stomach/abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, unusual tiredness and difficulty while urinating.
Tapentadol can also increase your body’s serotonin levels that rarely causes a serious condition known as ‘serotonin syndrome’ or toxicity. The risk increases majorly if you are also taking other drugs that helps you in enhancing the body’s serotonin levels.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is extremely rare however, go for medical help right away if you experience serious reactions like: itching, rash, unexplained fever and unusual agitation.
Before taking this medication:
If you suffer from the following problems then the consumption of tapentadol is highly discouraged:
- Severe asthma or breathing problems
- Blockage present in your digestive tract (stomach and intestines)
Tapentadol has a tendency of making its usage an addictive habit. It is advised not to share this medicine with anyone else especially with someone who has a history of drug abuse in the past. Selling or giving away this medicine to someone else is against the law.
In order to make sure that this medication is safe for you then let your doctor know if you have ever had:
· Any sort of breathing problem or lung related diseases
· Head injury
· Liver or kidney related disease
Problems with gall bladder, pancreas or thyroid
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