What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Tapentadol Tablet to Children or the Elderly?

If you are PREGNANT

  • FDA C (unknown human fetal risk; assess risk/benefit):

If you are NURSING


If you are an adult over 60

  • management or monitoring precaution: Pulmonary-DO NOT USE in opioid intolerance. Life-threatening respiratory depression due to reduced clearance. Use cautiously with respiratory disease, when initiating, titrating and giving with other respiratory depressants. Consider naloxone Rx. Neuro/Psych-Risk for confusion, delirium and falls. Avoid treatment with 3 or more CNS active agents. Gastrointestinal-Increased rate of constipation in the elderly. Cardiovascular-Vasodilation may predispose to orthostatic hypotension.

Giving Tapentadol Tablet to a child under 12

  • Severe Precaution: Risk of respiratory depression. Safety and efficacy not established. With any opioid, access to naloxone for emergency reversal can mitigate risk from accidental ingestion/overdose.

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