Posted 2/9/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -6)
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.
Posted 2/9/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -6)
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!!


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