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Tapentadol Better Than Oxycodone for Osteoarthritis Pain

By May 9, 2010

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In a study that compared tapentadol immediate-release tablets to oxycodone immediate-release tablets, results showed that elderly patients with moderate-to-severe low back pain or osteoarthritis pain did better with tapentadol. There were lower incidences of discontinuation due to gastrointestinal issues. Incidences of constipation and nausea were less with tapentadol also.

The results were presented at the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society. There were 158 patients given tapentadol IR compared to 45 patients who were taking oxycodone IR. All patients were 65 years or older. In this group of study participants, tolerability swung to tapentadol.

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March 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm
(1) Terry Swick says:

As of today, 3-4-13, I had never even heard of Nucynta ER or even the immediate release tablets.
I have been on OxyContin and Oxy IR for over 10 years now due to chronic pain since a 1992 car accident left me with chronic pain. I’ve also had 3 more since then, none of them were my fault by the way, and those 3 made pain worse. I’ve had Bi-lateral RF Lesioning, spinal cord stimulator put in and then removed because it never worked properly due to spinal stenosis, I’ve had numerous steroid injections, etc., etc.., all to no avail. The only thing that has helped is OxyContin and Oxy IR.
Anyhow, I’m allergic to morphine and have been wanting to try another narcotic pain reliever as my tolerance to OxyContin is very, very, very high. I think I will talk to my doctor about Nucynta ER and IR and get her feedback, see what she says.
Thank You,
Terry Swick

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