I've been taking Nucynta for pain management.. it works really good. It I'm afraid to get addicted so I don't take as prescribed.. 50mgs 8 times a day. I so scared to get addicted so I suffer with it pain. Am I crazy?? My dr says to take it if it works not to suffer but I'm scared.. any advice?
It worked great for me. But my insurance quit covering it this year. Frustrating.
If you don't take the recommended dosage then the medicine isn't able to stay in top of the pain. What dosage did the doctor recommend?
I know that it's scary - taking pain meds. If you listen to the news we all should be addicts. If you are taking the meds as required then chances are you won't get addicted. Normally you won't even get the high the addicts seek because your med is doing what it's supposed to do - help control your pain. However - there are some who do everything right and do get addicted. Most pain clinics monitor your meds as in doing random drug testing and only giving a script for one month. So if one of their patients starts down that path they can catch it pretty quickly.
We can become dependant on them though. Like me - I can skip days and it not bother me in terms of withdrawals.. But it also means I don't function very well either. I am dependant on those meds to get me through the day.
I take my meds as directed and although dependant I'm not addicted. I can skip doses if I have to go somewhere that involves a long drive or whatever. I do, however, end up in withdrawal if I skip the whole day (my last dose is at 7pm so when I get up in the morning, it's so long since I've had meds, I feel the withdrawals in the morning). I get sweats, chills, feel like bugs are crawling on me and spasms, higher pain levels, twitching and other stuff. I did take that Nucynta and my insurance wouldn't cover it either so I had to change meds. The main focus is to take care of your pain and ease the stress on your body.. don't be afraid. If the doctor gave you specific dosage take it. If the pain meds are given and taken st the right dose you will never have a euphoric effect or high because you have just enough meds for your pain level. Sending well wishes and positive vibes your way!!😊👌🏼💕
I'm going to ask my pain management doc about this drug. I had never even heard of it. I'm on Oxycodone and your med seems to have a lower incidence of side effects. It does say you should take as directed. Maybe you can try to take it like instructed, and if you have issues talk to your dr about lowering the dose. I understand the not wanting to get addicted. It's important to know that it's ok to take medication to make you feel better and I'm sorry it scares you. It's good to talk to your dr about your concerns. I'm sure they will listen to you and work with you to find a solution that you are comfortable with. Good luck to you.
I took nucynta for a couple of months but it really did not work for me. As far as your fear of becoming addicted as long as you are taking a medication- opioid as directed you will not be addicted. However if taken for a long period of time you will become dependant and at some point your tolerance will increase and you will need more medication to control your pain. All that you can do is try your best to not take extra doses and do not just take it because the label says it is time. That being said do not allow yourself to suffer in pain either. It is better to take your medication when your pain is about a 6 or 7 than to try to gain control when you hit a 9. For me personally I have found that cutting out sugar and processed foods has helped me by decreasing my inflammation which allows me to have lower pain levels.
The reason that the meds are prescribed to be taken at certain times is so that it's in your system. If you only take them when you are having high pain it takes the medication longer to work. Taken as ordered keeps a level amt in your system so hopefully you don't reach the high pain levels. (but if you do - it won't take the next dosage long to kick in....) I hope that made sense. :) my nursing instructor explained it better.
Thanks everyone for your feedback just want you all to know Nucynta works very well for chronic pain. It is a narcotic slow released- the pharmacist told me it was related to perocet except it was stronger. I don't take it as direct. Because it works so well and the fact that I do not want to become addicted. I take 50mgs 4x a day. I'm suppose to take 50mgs 8x a day.. sometimes I have good days and I skip taking taking my meds. I'm confused because I have been taking Nucynta for over four years and it worked great until last January when I started having break thru pain that the Nucynta and had no effect on'( at least not the way I was taking it)!i went to my Dr. and he ordered full X-ray work up on my spine and they showed I had more degeneration going on.. so next week I go in for an MRI and then surgery. I am insisting that this is treated aggressively. Not gonna play the insurance game, been there...have the t-shirts. I must say that I am blessed to have the best family Dr in the world. He listens and always does what is best for me. He Fights for his patients. I read all these community replys about how some have Drs that don't listen or believe them. My Dr. is the best he not only listens but makes sure and gives all the necessary tests so the insurance complies ( he plays their game for his patients) I have DDD, Cervical stenosis retrolythesis, forminal narrowing, thoracic myoupthay..!i was told by my neurosurgeon when he did surgery on my neck c3c4c5 put a titanium cage (fused) in my neck that it would not be uncommon if the vertebrae below the cage would fail due to the stress on the spine because of the fusion. So that is what has happened. I just hate the fact that I have to go through this again. I was hoping my last surgery would take care of it for ever. I guess I was just in denial. I'm so glad I found this app. It's been so helpful to me just knowing I'm not the only one living in constant pain..