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As I write, a part of me wishes to remain uninformed regarding this topic, and yet here I am asking the question. Like so many here I too have gone through an extensive list of treatment regimens for chronic back pain. Most recently my pain management specialist has prescribed Nucynta (non ER). It has reduced my pain level to a 3-4 on a 1-10 scale when I take it at least once a day and up to 3x a day on the bad days. I appreciate the fact that this medication just mitigates the pain - I don’t feel “drugged” or impaired. I do not drink alcohol nor do I take any other pain meds other than Lyrica for diabetic neuropathy.
My hope is that taking this medication at its lowest dosage, 50mg, will allow me to have relief more long term than previous meds. So far, I don’t feel I’ve developed any tolerance that would require asking to increase the dosage or move to an extended release form. This leads me to asking the question I really didn’t want to ask: Does anyone else have experience with Nucynta that is contrary to my experience? I have perused the Pain Med thread but have found little information. Perhaps Nucynta is not as widely prescribed as othe like meds. I do know that each time I present my prescription for refill the pharmacy has to place an order since thy do not keep #90 pills in stock. This was found to be the case in checking with all the major Rx in my area.
Look forward to positive responses!