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How can I minimize the side effects of Nucynta?

To minimize one of the most common side effects of the pain medication Nucynta (tapentadol) -- feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you get up after sitting or lying down for a while -- change your position slowly: Rest your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing.

If constipation is a problem while you're taking Nucynta, dietary changes might help. Eating more fruits and vegetables and whole grains may make it easier to move your bowels. You can also ask your doctor about taking a laxative and/or stool softener.

Nucynta has other possible side effects. The best way to prevent or minimize them is to take Nucynta exactly as it's prescribed -- don't take more or less of the drug or take it more or less often than your doctor tells you to -- and be sure to call your doctor if you develop any side effects that are bothersome or won't go away or that are serious. However, don't stop taking Nucynta without talking to your doctor first: Quitting abruptly can bring on symptoms of withdrawal.

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