Nucynta Signs, Symptoms, and Side Effects

When patients begin treatment with a new medication, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects and signs which may point to its misuse. This is especially important when the medication in question is classified as an opioid, which binds to receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of your body to help with pain management. The following article reviews the medication Nucynta specifically as well as provides an overview of the opioid’s symptoms, potential side effects and signs of misuse.
Nucynta is a medication prescribed to patients to relieve their severe short-term pain, such as pain from an injury or surgical procedure. It is classified as an opioid analgesic, which means it reduces pain by changing the way the brain recognizes and responds to it.

Just like starting any new medication, Nucynta may produce side effects in the early stages of treatment. Common side effects associated with Nucynta, that do not require immediate medical attention, are nausea, constipation, vomiting, dizziness, and drowsiness. Be sure to let your doctor know if these common side effects persist or worsen over time.

Serious side effects of Nucynta are rare and may include confusion, stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Report these serious Nucynta side effects to your doctor right away if you start to notice them.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience the following severe side effects after taking 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.

This is not a complete list potential side effects for Nucynta. Contact your doctor if you feel you are experiencing a side effect from Nucynta that is not listed above.

Patients taking Nucynta according to their doctor’s directions are still at risk for developing a physical dependence or, even further, a psychological addiction. If you begin to suspect someone in your life is becoming overly reliant upon Nucynta, seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs which may indicate someone is addicted to Nucynta include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Nucynta, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once found enjoyable, suffering significant financial losses due to spending money to obtain Nucynta, and performing poorly or irregularly at school or work.

It is important to report a Nucynta addiction in its early stages, as it will be much easier for patients to recover versus leaving the issue of Nucynta addiction unacknowledged.

People who have been taking Nucynta for a long period will be at higher risk of developing Nucynta tolerance, dependence, or addiction. For this reason, you should stop taking the medication when directed by your doctor.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a Nucynta addiction or another form of a substance use disorder, seek professional help right away. The Recovery Village has many treatment options and resources that can be tailored to fit each patient’s unique recovery needs.

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