- Jan 5, 2016
- DX FIBRO
Hi there I wanted you all to know Ive found a drug the makes life bearable again!I have been to pain management so many times and thought I had tried everything and was losing hope as my latest tramadol and lyrica duo was not working so well any more, then the pain doc whips out a chart of fibro drugs with tapentadol near the top for pain relief, beyond it is fentanyl, morphine and zomorph, all the super strong opiates. I told her I never heard of this drug before, she said it's not often prescribed as it can be addictive and costs so much gps aren't encouraged to give it out, I'm taking the slow release tablets which give me pain relief all day, and night. I started at 50mg in the morning and 50 at night and am now on 150mg am and pm which is the most I can tolerate without side effects but the maximum dose is 600mg per day if I really need it. I had a few horrific days of side effects, stomach ache, nausea, cold sweats, but I switched from tramadol so may well have been suffering withdrawal symptoms. I no longer have side effects and have stopped taking any muscle relaxers or paracetamol and I am titrating down my lyrica dose as the tapentadol is enough on its own. The brand is palexia (slow release capsules) or nucynta if you want to read more about the effect it has on the brain.she said it's what docs call a 'clean' opiate and has effects like an antidepressant and nerve drug all in one, I can't believe they've been keeping this from me! I'd advise talking to pain management not your GPs as they are much more understanding and they will tell your GPs to give you the stronger stuff! And I hope it can be as good for others as it is for me if you can bear getting through the first few days!