Medication Update

The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
January 2013 
Volume 38  Number 1
Pages 56 - 56
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Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has received approval for an additional indication for tapentadol extended release oral tablets (Nucynta ER).The tablets manage neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in adults when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.Nucynta ER is a centrally acting synthetic analgesic and is the first and only opioid approved by the FDA for neuropathic pain associated with DPN.The most common adverse reactions associated with the medication in clinical trials are nausea, constipation, vomiting, dizziness, headache, and somnolence.Nucynta ER labeling contains a warning about abuse potential, life-threatening respiratory depression, accidental exposure, and interaction with alcohol. Consult product labeling for important prescribing information and contraindications.Abbott's adalimumab (Humira) is now indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis (UC)

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