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Can I take Nucynta ER if I have a history of alcoholism?

The pain medication Nucynta ER (extended release tapentadol) comes with a black-box warning to avoid drinking alcohol or using medication that contains it. Alcohol can cause your body to absorb Nucynta ER too rapidly and release extremely high amounts into your bloodstream. The result could be a deadly overdose.

Also be aware that Nucynta ER can be habit forming. If you have a history of alcoholism, you're at an increased risk of becoming addicted to Nucynta ER. Discuss your background with your doctor. You should be carefully monitored while taking Nucynta ER.

Take Nucynta exactly as your doctor prescribed it, and swallow the pills whole with plenty of water. Nucynta ER is formulated to release its active ingredient slowly, over 12 hours. If you crush, chew or dissolve it, you may wind up with the entire day's supply in your system at once, which could cause a fatal overdose.

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