Nucynta is the brand name for tapentadol, a fairly new opioid analgesic. Nucynta comes in many different forms, including pill, liquid, and extended release. It’s used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain in adults. The effects of Nucynta are similar to the effects of other opiates and opioid prescription pain killers. It causes the user to feel relaxed and sleepy. Negative side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, and dizziness.
Nucynta has a high potential for abuse. It can be swallowed, snorted, or mixed with liquid and shot up. It can be deadly for those who choose to mix the drug with benzodiazepines or alcohol. It’s fairly easy to get addicted to opioids like Nucynta, because they’re physically and psychologically addictive. People who are prescribed the drug will still be chemically dependent on it and require detox should they ever decide to stop taking the pills. Others who start out using the drug properly may end up abusing it. This can lead to a serious opioid addiction.
Opiates and opioids are dangerous drugs of abuse. In 2006, 2.6 million people abused a prescription drug for the first time. Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. In 2005, of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US about 38.2% of these deaths were from prescription drug overdose.
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