Uses of Tafrodol
Tafrodol is used as a short-term treatment of severe pain in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
How does it work?
Tapentadol is a potent painkiller. The general potency of Tapentadol is somewhere between morphine and tramadol. Tapentadol helps manage pain when all other forms of medication are insufficient enough. It acts on the central nervous system by mimicking the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals to help lessen the pain.
Carisoprodol is a quick-acting muscle relaxant that helps relieve discomfort brought by acute pain. It works by relaxing the muscle and preventing the nervous system from sending pain messages to the brain. Together, this combination helps alleviate severe pain when all other treatment options are inadequate.
How much Tafrodol to take?
The dosage depends on your condition and how well you tolerate the medicine. It is vital that you should take it exactly as directed by your physician. The typical dose of Tafrodol is one to two tablets a day.
Tips for taking Tafrodol safely and effectively
- Use this drug only if clearly needed as the combination can result in serious side effects that include:
- Respiratory depression
- Profound sedation
- This drug is suitable for adults and those who are 18 years and above. It is not suitable for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, and those who are 65 years and above.
- Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your physician.
- Before taking this medication, be sure to let your doctor know about your medical history and any other medications you are taking.
- Tafrodol is intended for short-term treatment only. Avoid prolonged use as this can lead to unwanted serious side effects.
- Do not drink alcohol while using Tafrodol as this can cause serious side effects.
- Avoid doing activities that require alertness and mental focus.
- Seek medical help as soon as possible in case of serious and life-threatening side effects like:
- Severe dizziness
- Decreased blood pressure
- Low cortisol levels
- Serotonin syndrome with signs like a hallucination, agitation, fast heart rate, loss of coordination, nausea or vomiting
- Keep this medicine out of reach from children as one single misused dose can be fatal.
- Long-term use may affect infertility in men or women.
- An overdose of Tafrodol can be fatal especially if you have taken it with other drugs that can slow down your breathing.
Who can and can’t take Tafrodol?
Do not use this if you have:
- Severe asthma or breathing problems
- A blockage in the digestive tract
- You have taken MAO inhibitors in the past 14 days
- People with reducing consciousness
- Allergy to any of its active ingredients.
- Mental health problems
- An inherited blood disease known as porphyria’s