NUCYNTA Reviews

Average Rating: 2.7 (144 Ratings)

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 1   No relief from 50 mg. Twice a day or the 100 mg. twice a day for knee and back pain. Very expensive and I took for about 3 weeks - it did not relieve any of the pain. F 66 2 times
4/30/2017
 1  Herniated disc and degenerative dis Horrible side effects from the first dose. Very lethargic yet can't sleep, gut rot and no appetite, have barely ate. Unable to focus major brain fog, blurred vision at times. I can't tell if it has taken my pain away because I feel so terrible. Would not recommend M 39 4 days
50mg
4/21/2017
 2  Fibromyalgia Side effects include apathy, fatigue, weakness, depression and as time progressed, less effective for pain management. ER Nucynta had too many side effects for me to continue to take it. I wasn't able to function and I was already not doing well with Fibro. I was on Tramadol for 4 yrs previous, but that also stopped working. F 47 3 months
200 mg 2X D
3/23/2017
 1  Rare Virus: ACEBV HHV6 I've been taking the instant release Nucynta 100 mg for a few years and it seems to be the only thing that helps ease the pain I endure from the virus I have. The pain is chronic, constant, stabbing pain. It was prescribed by a neurologist after having an EMG. My insurance sent me a letter claiming they weren't going to pay for it any longer so my dr switched me to the ER. It was horrible. Each day taking the medication my symptoms got worse. Dizzy, loopy, foggy headed (felt like my head was full of cotton), breathing difficulties due to the tension it caused in my back, pain got worse, insomnia, felt like my thyroid became overactive due to the burning sensation in my throat and along my neck, and it felt like I had neuro and spinal edema. I had taken the extended release nucynta a few years ago for a short time. It didn't have the side effects I mentioned. The virus I have comes with increased reactions to food, medicine, etc. I believe after the FDA reformulated the medicine,so addicts can't break the RX down, it has become toxic to some people who have sensitivities to things. (Sort of like spraying pesticides on crops to help them grow). Do we really know how safe they are to take with layer upon layer of additives to keep abusers from being able to crush, snort, inject, etc the pills? Had my physician not changed my RX, I would have sought hospital care due to the side effects. This is day 2 of being off of it. I'm taking the IR again. My insurance agreed to pay for a certain # a day. So far, I'm still feeling neurological systems...foggy headed and loopy. My eyes feel weird and I still suffer with insomnia. My personal opinion, I'm afraid the ER is going to end up doing more harm than good. It's unfair to those who really need them because I believe Nucynta is one of the best RXs for the type of pain I have. I've never wanted to abuse them and have taken myself off on my own during periods of feeling better. I used to work as a pharmacy technician and can honestly say I don't recommend the ER to anyone, at least until more studies are done to test what materials that have been used to alter its original formulation so patients are better informed of its side effects. (New formulas side effects) F 39 2 weeks
ER 100 mg
2/17/2017
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 3  Thoracic, Lumbar, SI pain At a level that helped pain (~75mg-100mg), this med made me EXTREMELY light headed/loopy compared to Vicodin or Percocet (similar to taking Benadryl or Robitussin). Had similar reaction to NSAID Indomethacin - progressively severe headaches and increased stomach upset/pain. The headaches were so severe - thought I had a status migraine at one point. NOTHING helped except stopping the Nucynta. First week on the med was fine, but then each week I'd get headaches more and more frequently, to the point where they were daily and then they started turning into migraines...daily migraines (throbbing pain, eye pain, side of head pain, light sensitivity). Taking more Nucynta made the headaches worse, pain only resolved after the Nucynta was out of my system (~6-8 hours). Also, I noticed a few times while on it that my pupils were VERY large. Granted head pain was severe at the time, but usually opioids like Nucynta make the pupils CONSTRICT, not expand. Each time it happened, it felt like when Got very good relief for SI/back pain, but the severe headaches quickly outweighed the benefit for my back. Taking this med for break through pain, on top of a long acting medication. Have taken vicodin/percocet for several years before they lost effectiveness and switched to Nucynta. Have also tried tramadol - the pain relief from Nucynta was SIGNIFICANTLY more than tramadol. Just wish it didn't cause such severe headaches. I did manage to confirm these are not 'rebound headaches'. Headaches and stomach pain usually start within 45-60min of taking the med. F 33 2 months
75 mg 2X D
2/10/2017
 1  Lumbar Pain Severe depression, suicidal ideation, increase in migraines The worst drug I've ever been prescribed. I looked at the chemical structure and realized it was similar to Chantix which I'd responded poorly too. Bad days I'm bed bound but that beats being depressed. F 41 3 months
50 MG ER
12/31/2016
 5  Back pain and siatica Some initial nausea then sudden weight gain of 35lbs in 6wks!!! And i cant lose it!! Im post gastric bypass,15 years i kept off all 200 lbs then boom!! I know there are others. How to contact them? Excellent medication 24/7 relief pist percocet for 15 years. That worked great but the big addiction scare came and the hell with patients who depended on it for a near normal life!!. Now my insurance co. Wont pay for nucynta 2017 and i changed to the butrans patch which I am vèry pleased with except the duration of relief is 5 days NOT 7 and it appears most people need a breakthrough med to get coverage the last two days. Thanks for letting me voice my experience! F 63 1 years
100mg (ER)
12/26/2016
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 1  Cronic back and hip pain Chronic insomnia,worst migraines ever day,very adjitated,wake up with hair soaked weird dreams,maybe 3 to 5 hrs max pain relief! The systoms not worth the pain relief! I don't understand why my new dr. Wouldn't leave me on Lorecet or Percocet when they made the pain mgan.Why mess with a good thing?my dr. Retired w/no warning so I went to a new pain manage dr.worst thing was he didn't tell me he was giving me 5 shots, so now I owe over $2,147.00 in deduct, if I'd of known I would have waited unti Jan.2017!! F 57 10 days
75 mg
11/18/2016
 5  Back pain sciatica Extremely fast weight gain. 30 lbs in two months i am post gastric bypass and have maintained my weight loss within 5lbs for 16 years!!! So distressed by this and I cannot seem to lose it.😣 but for my pain relief it has been miracle. There are others online who have experienced the SAME THING!!! Can you please help????? Would love to hear back from someone!!! I was previously on percocet and it worked great! Of course over the years I developed a tolerance so needed an increased dose.Nucynta gives me better round the clock relief but not effective much on the sciatica as it hits hard and fast. Need some relief for that sudden sharp type of pain. Percocet worked great but 99% of pain mgt doctors are.terrified to prescribe it. Its so sad that a medication that gave me and so many others a more productive and pain free life was so.demolished as an incredible pain relief medication by the abuse of a.drug drug cartel and social media. I kept hoping they all could stay above that by showing more concern for so many of us.that suffer from chronic pain. So wjat are the pharmaceutical companies working on now to help us not go out of our minds because that is startimg to look like a pretty nice road trip. F 62 1 years
100mg (ER)
9/28/2016
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 5  Back pain sciatica Extremely fast weight gain. 30 lbs in two months i am post gastric bypass and have maintained my weight loss within 5lbs for 16 years!!! So distressed by this and I cannot seem to lose it.😣 but for my pain relief it has been miracle. There are others online who have experienced the SAME THING!!! Can you please help????? Would love to hear back from someone!!! I was previously on percocet and it worked great! Of course over the years I developed a.tolerance so needed an increased dose.Nucynta gives me better round the clock relief but not effective much on the sciatica as it hits hard and fast. Need some relief for that sudden sharp type of pain. Percocet worked great but 99% of pain mgt doctors are.terrified to prescribe it. Its so sad that a medication that gave me and so many others a more productive and pain free life was so.demolished as an incredible pain relief medication by the abuse of a.drug drug cartel and social media. I kept hoping they all could stay above that by showing more concern for so many of us.that suffer from chronic pain. So wjat are the pharmaceutical companies working on now to help us not go out of our minds because that is startimg to look like a pretty nice road trip. F 62 1 years
100mg (ER)
9/28/2016
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 5  for my knees I had no side effects F 61 3 months
50mg
9/17/2016
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 5  Car accident nv-neck back hip pain Nausea heart palpitations vision loss inability to read lack of sleep hot flashes itching dehydration/dry mouth Car accident caused 2 vertebrae in neck to fuse together causing immense pain Dr gave nucynta ir 50mg every 4 hours the first 3 weeks I couldn't do anything but they helped my pain a ton without them my pain is a 9 with them about a 3 now the side effects went away mostly after 3 weeks but they came back way worse when Dr gave me cymbalta to control my violent outbursts, they interact badly and have all the same side effects but after a month of taking both meds I only have hot flashes and trouble reading and slight vision loss but taking these meds makes me have extreme ED so even taking an ED med doesn't work at all but it's the only pain medication that works for me as my Dr has tried t3/tramadol/fentynol patches/dilaudid/ percacet, also after taking nucynta after 4 months I had to increase to 100mg every 4 hours but if I miss a dose or I take it 10 min late I start having severe withdrawal making my pain 10x worse M 24 9 months
50
8/15/2016
 2  Chronic pain Bad dreams, night sweats, dry mouth, bone pain, agitated, vomiting, and constipation F 47 1 months
8/15/2016
 1  Nerve and connective tissue damage Unable to sleep or eat. Muscle cramps in legs and feet at night. Dizziness, and increase depression. Increase in pain F 36 1 months
50mg
8/12/2016
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 5  Atypical facial pain Some light itching. At the beginning I experienced some stomach discomfort but now I don't have side effects except for the need to sleep more than 8 hours. Lifesaver for me. Only take one or two pills and pain backs off. F 65 5 years
75 mg
7/14/2016
 4  fibro and lower back hip pain Light headed, pain in my calves when I woke up and some nausea But that was just in the first 3 days it has subsided and it has helped tremendously with the fibromyalgia F 54 3 weeks
100mg
6/3/2016
 5  Herniated disks I have had any side effects except for when I take anything else with it like Oxy or norco. I don't really need anything else though! Relieves pain very effectively! F 34 1 years
100 mg
5/30/2016
 5  arachnoiditis failed back surgery dry mouth, constipation, tried several other drugs that did not help, tried spinal cord stimulator but it increased my pain. Nucynta has been very helpful. I was becoming suicidal due to inability to cope with the pain. I now go to work everyday. M 54 4 years
250 mg ER 2X D
5/22/2016
 1  Herniated Discs/fibromyalgia Hallucinations when closing my eyes, I've felt like I've looked down a 4 barrel shotgun plus I've seen grey flashing lights. This was while awake, I am afraid to sleep. When finally fell asleep I had horrific dreams. Major headaches that won't go away. I am also extremely nauseous. I have been tired and afraid of getting out of my bed because my body feels like I'm drugged I have a hard time walking. I feel like I am completely stoned. I've also been dizzy and had an out of body experience when backing my car out of the driveway. My Dr told me to halve the medicine, I did that and refused to take it until my husband was ready for bed. I woke up in extreme pain. I asked my Dr for this medicine since my friend takes it and has not had any issues. I also take oxy but fell like it's not helping me as much anymore. I will be calling my Dr Monday morning and tell him the side effects scare me and I will no longer be taking this medicine. Even though the drug did make my pain go away for a little while, the bad definitely outweighs it. Never again. F 41 2 days
100mg
4/30/2016
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 5  Lower spine pain It's a powerful opiate that has less chances of addiction than others. Seveare constipation and there is light hallucination. I felt very depressed and light suicidal thoughts in early 1 to 3 weeks. I was in #6 to #8 constant pain and these pills made it managable. I did 3 to 4 100mg pills in 18 to 20 hours. M 62 9 weeks
4/19/2016
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