Tapentadol is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. It is also specifically indicated for controlling the pain of diabetic neuropathy when around-the-clock opioid medication is required.
Tapentadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
The extended-release form of tapentadol (Nucynta ER) is for around-the-clock treatment of pain that is not controlled by other medicines. Nucynta ER is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain