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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anybody heard about this new med coming out called Tapentadol? I guess it's kinda like Utlram but much stronger, about as strong as morphine. It's for moderate to severe pain and they're making it in extended and immideate release formulas. I think it sounds interesting, and something new, I'm excited about it cause I can take it with my Suboxone from what I heard. It's being released from Johnson and Johnson sometime very soon. I'm just wondering if anyone knows when or has it already been released?
 
 
-hellokitty
I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
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"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


Chutz
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitty!

If information on a release date is available I sure couldn't find it. Sounds like they don't have a date yet since it still have some review to go though but I would imagine it won't be too long. Anything that has this much promise of being a big money maker is pushed like crazy by it's inventor. Plus, and this is just my opinion also... since oxycontin has such a bad name I would think the industry, as well as the governing bodies that deal with this sort of thing, would be glad to have something with a different name. If you tell someone you are taking oxycontin their face will most often go into a look of shock or horror. Try it sometime and see.

I do hope this new med turns out to be a good one and not have the bad rep that others do.
Chutzie
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ryand
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   Posted 2/9/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Kitty. I did a trial with this med, actually. It's been a little over a year ago, I think. I have an unusually high tolerance to all medications, so I'm not a good barometer for effectiveness really. If I remember correctly, the literature and trial parameters, though, suggested that Tapentadol was comparable to oxycodone with both IR (like percocet) and ER (like oxycontin) formulations. The study that I was involved in was actually comparing the IR formulation of the trial drug (Tapentadol) to the control (percocet) in a double blind. So each trial participant received one drug or the other - there were no placebos or inactive controls. As I understood it, the goal of the trial I did was actually to compare the side-effects, effectiveness, speed of relief, and duration of relief between the two meds.

Ry

PAlady
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   Posted 2/9/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Ry,
Do you know which med you got in the trial? Just wondered.

PaLady

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Ryand, I was wondering too if you knew which med you got. I'm glad that they're making something diffrent to give us people who suffer from chronhic pain more choices for pain meds. I'm guessing that this will be a scheaduled drug, but I always wondered why Ultram is not if it works in a way like a opiod eventhough it's a weak one. But I do have a personal thing where I refuse to try any new meds that come out for the first year, I dont know why but thats just the way I am, but I am wanting to hear how good this med works.

-hellokitty
I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
"Some days I just wish I was a missing person!"
"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


ryand
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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I really hesitate to say because I really don't want anyone to read this and feel discouraged. So please remember that I have an unusually high tolerance to medications of all kinds. Things just don't work for me in the normal doses. Some just never work at all.

That said, I think I was on the trial med (the Tapentadol). For the first 3-4 days after starting the trial, I actually SLEPT! THROUGH THE NIGHT! As the trial progressed, my sleep pattern (or lack thereof) returned to normal - constantly interrupted by pain. It was like my body just got used to the drug, so it stopped being effective. I did not get adequate pain relief from the meds. It wasn't really a lot worse than normal, though. I think that was the goal of the study, actually. They had tried to match the dosages so that the potency of the trial drug would yield the same relief I had been getting from the percocet I'd been taking.

Hope this helps. Again, please remember that my body reacts way differently to meds than many others.
Ry

PAlady
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Ry,
Thanks for answering the question. I don't think we'll feel discouraged - at least I won't. Most of us know how challenging meds. are (re: pain relief, at least) and that's referring to medications already on the market! The fact you got some relief initially is perhaps a positive sign, and hopefully they learned something useful from the trial.

Thanks again for sharing!!

PaLady
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