Nucynta Addiction and Abuse

Nucynta is a prescription medication given to patients experiencing moderate to severe short-term pain. An example of this kind of pain is that from an injury or surgical procedure. Nucynta is intended to be taken as soon as the pain occurs.

Common side effects of Nucynta include nausea, constipation, vomiting, dizziness, and drowsiness. These common side effects do not require medical attention and should dissipate with time. If they do not go away or seem to get worse, be sure to let your doctor know.

More serious side effects of Nucynta include confusion, stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. These should be reported to your doctor the minute they become noticeable.

Patients should seek emergency medical attention right away if they notice the following severe side effects of Nucynta: slow or shallow breathing, fainting, seizures, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, or signs of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itching or swelling, severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing.

Nucynta should be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. It can be taken with or without a meal. If you usually feel nauseous from medication, you may want to take Nucynta with food. In addition, your doctor or pharmacist may have tips for you on how to decrease your nausea.

Be sure to take Nucynta at the first sign of pain. Waiting until the pain has worsened may cause Nucynta to be less effective.

Your Nucynta dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For this reason, you should never increase your Nucynta dose or take Nucyna more often than as is directed by your doctor.

If you suspect someone in your life is developing a psychological addiction to Nucynta, seek professional help right away. Signs of Nucynta addiction include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Nucynta, losing interest in once-loved hobbies or activities, suffering significant financial losses due to money spent in attempts to obtain Nucynta, and performing poorly at school or work.
Patients who have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder are always at risk for recurrence of use. For this reason, you should seek an aftercare program that can continue to support you after your initial rehabilitation treatment. Participating in an aftercare program will help minimize the risk of returning to misusing drugs.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a Nucynta addiction or another type of substance use disorder, do not hesitate in seeking the professional help you need. The Recovery Village has several different programs and resources that can be tailored to each patient’s unique recovery needs.