Xtampza ER is a medication prescribed to patients to help manage severe pain. This extended-release medication should only be taken for regular, around-the-clock treatment and not as needed for short-term or mild pain.
Xtampza ER should only be recommended as a treatment plan after other opioids or immediate-release pain-relievers have proven to be ineffective, intolerable or inadequate in reducing pain. This is because consuming opioids like Xtampza ER can easily put patients at risk for developing the psychological disease of addiction, physical dependence, or misuse.
Common side effects of Xtampza ER, which do not require medical attention, are nausea, headaches, constipation, somnolence, pruritus, vomiting, and dizziness. These common Xtampza ER side effects should go away with time. If they do not stop or happen to get worse, promptly tell your doctor.
The more serious side effects associated with Xtampza ER include blurred vision, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dastroesophageal reflux disease, chills, fatigue, drug withdrawal syndrome, irritability edema, pyrezia, excoriation, decreased appetite, hyperglycemia, arthralgia, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, migraines, tremors, anziety, insomnia, cough, oropharynheal pain, hyperhidrosis, rash, hot flush, hypertension, increased heart rate, lethargy, memory impairment, poor-quality sleep, abnormal dreams, euphoric mood, restlessness, dyspnea, night sweats, serotonin syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, and adrogen deficiency. Although rare, if any of these serious side effects occur, it is important to contact your doctor as soon as possible.
The aforementioned side effects are not a complete list of all of the possible side effects of Xtampza ER. Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you believe you are experiencing a side effect from this medication that is not mentioned in this article.
Set up a meeting with your doctor if you are no longer interested in taking Xtampza ER to treat your pain. Usually, your doctor will gradually lower the Xtampza ER dose over time to help wean your body off of the medication. This strategy, referred to as “tapering off” the medication, gives your body adequate time to adjust to lowering amounts of the medication and helps you to avoid severe withdrawal. Do not abruptly stop taking Xtampza ER, as this will greatly increase your risk for enhanced, unwanted withdrawal symptoms.
Stopping a regularly consumed medication may cause unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Common Xtampza ER withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, lacrimation, rhinorrhea, yawning, perspiration, chills, myalgia, mydriasis, irritability, anxiety, backache, joint pain, weakness, abdominal cramps, insomnia, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, increased blood pressure, increased respiratory rate, and increase heart rate.
Withdrawal timelines of Xtampza ER differ for each patient. This is because several factors influence a patient’s unique physiology, which then affects how the body processes Xtampza ER. In most cases, Xtampza ER withdrawal symptoms last about a week. However, this time frame may be longer or shorter depending on how the patient’s body functions.
Patients having difficulty managing withdrawal symptoms of Xtampza ER should seek out a medically assisted detoxification program. In this program, the drug is safely eliminated from the patient’s body in the presence of medically-trained staff. Having this professional staff present is very helpful for patients because the medically-trained personnel are available to answer questions related to withdrawal during the process.
Remember, do not be afraid to ask for help during this difficult time. Every patient experiences withdrawal differently.
Always keep a list of your medications handy and share this with your doctor. Do not forget to list any herbal products or over-the-counter drugs, as these can cause possible interactions with Xtapmza ER.
The following medications have shown to cause an interaction with Xtampza ER: macrolide antibiotics, azole antifungals, protease inhibitors, rifampin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, benzodiazepines, sedatives, hypnotics, anxiolytics, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, general anesthetics, antipsychotics, other opioids, alcohol, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) tricyclic antidepressants, triptans, 5-HT2 receptor antagonists, mirtazapine, trazodone, tramadol, methylene blue, linezolid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, butorphanol, pentazocine and buprenorphine.
Notify your doctor if you are thinking about beginning any of the aforementioned medications. Some substance interactions can be dangerous or fatal, so it is best to avoid potential complications.
Finding an Xtampza ER center to support you during recovery is a very important decision. If you are unsure about what kind of treatment center to seek, schedule a meeting with your doctor. Your doctor will help discuss options with you and review the features you should look for in a center.
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