Tapentadol 100 mg is an opioid medicine (sometimes called an opiate). It is a strong painkiller that works in two ways. It binds to certain tiny areas (called opioid receptors) in your brain and spinal cord, and it also regulates the level of a chemical called noradrenaline in your brain. These actions lead to a decrease in the way you feel pain and your reaction to pain.
Before taking tapentadol 100 mg. For these reasons, before you start taking tapentadol, it is important that your doctor knows:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
you have a problem with the way your liver works or a problem with the way your kidneys work.
prostate problems or any difficulties passing urine.
breathing problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
any problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands.
a problem with your bile duct.
have a condition causing muscle weakness, called myasthenia gravis.
you have recently had a severe head injury.
ever been dependent on drugs.
have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.
are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, as well as herbal and complementary medicines.
How to take tapentadol 100 mg
Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about tapentadol and will provide you with a full list of the side effects which you may experience from taking it.
Take tapentadol 100 mg exactly as your doctor tells you to. you what the doctor has said to you. The usual dose for short-term pain relief is 50 mg every 4-6 hours if needed.
will be supplied with standard tablets or oral liquid medicine. you are taking tapentadol for a long-lasting painful condition, you will be prescribed a brand of tablet called Palexia® SR (the ‘SR’ stands for slow release as they are specially formulated to release the medicine slowly to give you a more even painkilling effect). You will need to take these tablets twice a day.
There are several different strengths of tablets available, so each time you collect a new supply it is a good idea to check the label to make sure it is the strength you are expecting. If you are unsure, ask your pharmacist to advise you.
Swallow the tablet with a drink of water. You can take tapentadol either before or after food. Swallow the tablet whole – do not crush or chew tapentadol 100 mg tablets.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you remember, it is nearly time for your next dose then take your next dose when it is due but leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.
Instructions for using the dosing syringe for Palexia® liquid medicine
Remove the bottle cap and safety seal, and push the plastic adaptor attached to the dosing syringe into the top of the open bottle.
Turn the bottle (with the syringe connected to it) upside down.
Gently pull out the plunger of the syringe so that the solution fills the syringe to the mark which corresponds to your dose.
Turn the bottle the correct way up again, and remove the syringe from the bottle. Check that there is still the correct amount of liquid in the syringe.
Put the tip of the syringe into your mouth, and gently push the plunger so that the liquid is released into your mouth. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can take the dose mixed into a glass of water or some other non-alcoholic drink.
Leave the adaptor in the bottle and replace the bottle cap. Wash the syringe with water and allow it to dry.
Getting the most from your treatment
You should not drink alcohol while you are on tapentadol 100 mg. This is because tapentadol will increase the risk that you experience side effects from the alcohol, such as feeling dizzy and sleepy.
You may have been prescribed tapentadol for a short period of time (for example, following an operation) or for long-lasting chronic pain. You will not be prescribed it for longer than is necessary. This is because repeatedly using tapentadol may lead to your body becoming dependent on it.
you then stop taking it suddenly, it can cause withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness and irritability. you have been taking it for some time and want to stop it, your doctor will recommend that you reduce your dose slowly in order to prevent the risk of withdrawal effects.
operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking tapentadol.
If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with an opiate medicine.
If you are a driver, please be aware that tapentadol is likely to affect your reactions and ability to drive.
Can tapentadol 100 mg cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with tapentadol. You will find a full list in the manufacturer’s information leaflet supplied with your medicine.
The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.