What is Palexia IR
(for moderate to severe acute pain)?

Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) is the brand name of tapentadol immediate release, which is a strong pain medication. Palexia IR is used in adults for the relief of moderate to severe acute pain in adults which can only be adequately managed with opioid analgesics.4

Palexia IR is administered in film-coated tablets or oral solution.2 Find out how it works, how it will help you control your moderate to severe acute pain, and what you can expect from your treatment with Palexia IR.

What can I expect from my treatment?

You have been prescribed Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) to decrease your feeling of pain. Taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor in conjunction with a few lifestyle changes should help you to manage your pain effectively.4

Your doctor will prescribe you an appropriate dose of Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) and assess the level of pain relief you are receiving with that dose. Your doctor will want to give you the lowest dose of Palexia IR that effectively treats your pain.2,4

Recording your changes in pain as well as using an activity diary will help you and your doctor monitoring your pain. You should record any side effects you may be experiencing and note down how your pain is responding to your treatment. This is all useful information that can help your doctor adjusting the right dose of Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) for you.

To get the full benefit of Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) it is important that you work with your doctor to find the best dose for you.


What are the most common side effects?

Like all medicines, Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.4

The most common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people) side effects experienced with Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) are feeling sick (nausea), vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and headaches.4

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people) include decreased appetite, anxiety, confusion, hallucination, sleep problem, abnormal dreams, trembling, flushing, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, dry mouth, itching, increased sweating, rash, muscle cramps, feeling of weakness, fatigue and feeling of body temperature change.4

A full list of side effects can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) that is included in your Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) pack of tablets.

If you experience any side effects while taking Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain), it is important that you discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.


How do I manage my side effects?

If you experience any side effects whilst taking Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) you should discuss them with your doctor.

Your doctor may review your dose to try and achieve a balance between effective pain relief and the side effects you are experiencing.

They can also offer you practical advice, such as changes you could make to your diet or daily routine, which can help relieve pain in some cases.4


How do i take Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain)?

Always take Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) exactely as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Your doctor will adjust the dosage according to the intensity of your pain and your individual pain sensitivity. In general the lowest pain-relieving dose should be taken.

In adults, the usual dose of Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) is 1 dose every 4 to 6 hours. Daily doses greater than 700 mg tapentadol on the first day of treatment and daily doses greater than 600 mg tapentadol on the following days of treatment are not recommended.4

Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain) is an oral tablet that can be swallowed with water on an empty stomach or with food.4

If you miss a dose of Palexia IR (for moderate to severe acute pain), do not double up on your medication to make up for the forgotten dose; simply continue taking the tablets as before.4

If you feel that the effects of these tablets are too strong or weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.


 

  1. Palexia® PR SmPC, September 2013.
  2. Palexia® IR SmPC, September 2013.
  3. Palexia® PR, Patient Information Leaflet. August 2013.
  4. Palexia® IR, Patient Information Leaflet. August 2013.