Nucynta - Tapentadol


Uses and Side Effects

Nucynta is a is a mu-opioid receptor agonist, indicated for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults. Like other opioid pain medication, Tapentadol is commonly called a narcotic.

The extended-release form is Nucynta ER that is used for around-the-clock opioid treatment to control pain, which alternative treatment options is inadequate.

Nucynta may also be used for purposes that have not been listed in the medication guide.


NUCYNTA® ER contains tapentadol (opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance) that can be abused like any other legal or illicit opioid drugs.

Because of the risks of abuse, and misuse even at recommended doses NUCYNTA® ER is recommended only for use in patients for whom alternative non-opioid medications or short-acting opioid options were proven ineffective, not tolerated, or just inadequate to provide sufficient management of pain.

Abuse usually occurs when the drug use is beyond what the doctor has prescribed. This commonly happens when physical dependence and tolerance develops, meaning higher doses of the drug is needed to achieve the same effect. Also, reducing or stopping the drug intake produces withdrawal symptoms.

Signs of Nucynta (Tapentadol) Abuse:

• Analgesia
• Sedation
• Euphoria
• Respiratory depression (shallow or slow breathing)
• Small pupils
• Nausea, vomiting
• Itching or flushed skin
• Constipation
• Slurred speech
• Confusion

Drug Addiction

Addiction occurs when the opioid abuse becomes compulsive and often self-destructive. It is usually characterized by an uncontrollable drug seeking behavior, despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain chemistry. These shifts in the brain can lead to the dangerous behaviors, often experienced by drug abusers. Drug addiction affects parts of the brain involved in reward and motivation, learning, memory, and the ability to control behavior.

Possible Negative Effects of Nucynta Addiction

Opioid addiction slowly overpowers the abusers logical thinking; Loved ones are amazed as they witness the self-destructive actions. Effects caused by opiate addiction can range from intangible losses to very measurable losses. Losses incurred can affect not just the users, but loved ones around.

These losses include, but are not limited to:

  • Romantic relationships
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Trust
  • Employment
  • Self-esteem and a sense of self-worth
  • Priorities become subordinated to the opiate addiction
  • Self-control and self-discipline
  • Motivation
  • Inhibitions

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), states that increased understanding of the basics of addiction can help people make informed choices regarding their lives. It also helps communities adopt science-based policies and treatment programs to reduce drug abuse while supporting the scientific research to improve the Nation’s well-being.


If you suspect a Nucynta overdose is occurring, please call 911 and seek immediate emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Tapentadol overdose can be fatal, and symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, blurred vision, confusion, vomiting, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, drowsiness or fainting and even death.

Interactions with alcohol and other depressants (sedatives, hypnotics, tranquilizers) and other opioids may result in overdose and should be avoided.

Nucynta Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms may occur if NUCYNTA® is discontinued abruptly.

These symptoms may include:
Anxiety, sweating, insomnia, rigors, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, upper respiratory symptoms, piloerection, and rarely, hallucinations.

Nucynta Detox and Addiction Treatment

Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox can help you detox and overcome NUCYNTA® (Tapentadol) withdrawals.

If an opioid detox is conducted improperly, there can be severe emotional and physiological consequences. At our world-renowned opioid treatment center, your detox from prescription medications will be medically supervised by our quadruple board-certified medical director, and you will always receive a private room to maximize comfort and privacy.

The Waismann Method currently offers anesthesia detoxification treatment in an accredited private hospital, for patients that have been unable to stop this drug due to the intense withdrawal symptoms. Our medical detoxification services, are design to meet each patient medical, dependence and personal requirements.

After the detoxification phase at the hospital, patients are received at our exclusive recovery center Domus Retreat, for additional assistance through the adaptation period. Waismann Detox and Domus Retreat has combined top professionals, private accredited facilities with the finest amenities to ensure maximum comfort and safety during your stay with us.

Are you ready to end the cycle of prescription drug abuse? Call Waismann detox now! (800) 423-2482.

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