Abuse PotentialTapentadol has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, which means that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication.
When and How to Take TapentadolGeneral considerations to keep in mind during treatment with tapentadol include the following:
- Tapentadol comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth every four to six hours.
- This medicine can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it bothers your stomach.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking tapentadol.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking tapentadol, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks.
Dosing InformationThe dose of tapentadol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type and severity of your pain
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking
- Other pain medications you have tried
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Tapentadol Dosage for more information.)
Tapentadol can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Tapentadol).