Can I use Nucynta if I have a history of alcoholism?

If you have a history of alcoholism or if someone in your family is struggling with alcoholism or has in the past, be aware that the pain medication Nucynta (tapentadol) can be habit forming and that people with a history of alcoholism may be more susceptible to abusing it. Make sure your doctor knows about your alcohol use before you begin taking Nucynta. He or she will likely want to monitor you closely while you're on the drug.

Also, drinking alcohol (or taking medication that contains alcohol) while on Nucynta can increase the medication's potency and cause severe side effects. Let your doctor know how much you drink. He or she may decide not to prescribe Nucynta or will calculate your dosage accordingly.

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