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What is Tramadol?

Tramadol helps to bind and activate opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system that ultimately reduces pain signals in the body and helps in pain management. 

Important Information

  • Tramadol is prescribed as an additional treatment with physical therapies to treat pain.
  • It is one of the highly addictive medicines; therefore, it is advisable to keep track of your medicine and never share it with anyone, especially those with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
  • It is also advisable to take frequent medical tests while using Tramadol; please consult your doctor regarding this.
  • You can buy Tramadol online or offline, provided that you hold an appropriate prescription from a doctor. It is because buying or selling without a proper prescription is strictly prohibited under the law, and authorities may hold you liable for punishment if you do so.

What to know before taking Tramadol?

Using Tramadol without medical advice can be dangerous. It works by activating opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system to reduce pain signals. 

To let the medicine work more effectively, you should take all the necessary precautions while taking medicine. 

In addition to above all, you need to consider the following things before starting your treatment with Tramadol:

  • Taking Tramadol might be risky if you are allergic to it or any of its components or similar medicines. 
  • You should avoid taking Tramadol if you have the following health disorders or history thereof:
    • Asthma or other breathing disorders 
    • Stomach or bowel obstruction syndrome
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping) 
    • Liver disease 
    • Kidney disorders 
    • Urination problems 
    • Problems in the functioning of the gallbladder and pancreas 
    • Thyroid disorders 
    • Stomach issues 
    • Mood or behavioral disorders 
    • Destructive and self detrimental behavior
  • Expecting women and lactating mothers should avoid taking Tramadol; it can harm their children and make them dependent on the medicine. 
  • You should avoid taking Tramadol if you have recently taken any MAO inhibitors.
  • Abrupt withdrawal of the medicine can adversely affect your health; you should consult your doctor before leaving Tramadol. Your doctor will gradually decrease your medicine dose to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • You should consult your physician to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Tramadol.

How to take Tramadol?

Tramadol should be taken as advised by your doctor because it is highly addictive and habit-forming and can adversely affect your health if taken inappropriately. 

To avoid other dangerous consequences of using Tramadol, you should follow all the necessary precautions while taking it. 

We also advise you to tell your doctor if you are not observing any improvement in your health condition.

Tramadol dosage

Tramadol is an opioid pain medication and is an effective treatment for moderate to severe pain. 

Therefore, it is a dangerous medication; you should consult your doctor for the correct and suitable Tramadol dosage.  

Your physician will examine you thoroughly before prescribing you suitable medicine dosages. Doctors generally consider the following things before prescribing you appropriate medicine dosages:

  • Age of the patient 
  • Weight of the patient 
  • The medical condition of the patient 

The following are the usual Tramadol dosage that your doctor can prescribe you:

Dosage for treating pain 

In the form of immediate-release tablets 

  • For older adults (65 years and above)

Doctors should be extra careful while prescribing Tramadol dosage for older adults as their internal organs might not work well.  

  • For adults (18 years or more but less than 65 years)

50 mg of the medicine thrice a day 

  • For children (below 18 years)

Using Tramadol for treating patients younger than 18 years of age is risky; please consult your doctor before giving it to your child.

In the form of extended-release tablets 

  • For older adults (65 years and above)

Doctors should be extra careful while prescribing Tramadol dosage for older adults as their internal organs might not work well.

  • For adults (18 years or more but less than 65 years)

100 mg of Tramadol extended-release tablets once a day. 

  • For children (below 18 years)

Using Tramadol for treating patients younger than 18 years of age is risky; please consult your doctor before giving it to your child.

Overdose

Tramadol is a first-choice treatment for moderate to severe pain but can cause an overdose if taken in excess. The Tramadol overdose looks like the following and causes the following overdose symptoms:

  • Drowsiness or dizziness 
  • Pinpoint pupils 
  • Slow breathing 
  • Breathlessness

We never advise you to ignore these fatal overdose symptoms. You should therefore consult your doctor ASAP if an overdose happens. You can also seek emergency medical help by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222.

What to avoid while using Tramadol?

Tramadol tends to impair your thought process and cause dizziness or drowsiness. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid driving and performing other activities that can cause severe injuries or accidents.

Consuming herbal products, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements might not be safe if you take Tramadol.

Taking alcohol while using Tramadol is not advisable. You may experience some dangerous side effects if you use them simultaneously.

Tramadol side effects

Although Tramadol is a safe and effective medication used in pain management, still it can cause some of the following side effects:

  • Constipation 
  • Pain in the stomach 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or drowsiness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Headache 
  • Itching 

These mild side effects don’t need much medical attention; however, you should immediately consult your doctor if they are unbearable or bothering you too much. 

You should also stop taking Tramadol and take medical assistance if you experience the following health disorders:

  • Noisy breathing 
  • Sighing 
  • Shallow or slow breathing 
  • Sleep apnea (breathing stops while sleeping 
  • Slow heart rate 
  • Weak pulse 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Seizures or convulsions 
  • Irregular mensurational cycle 
  • Impotence or other sexual disorder 
  • Problems in intimacy 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Dizziness 
  • Tiredness or weakness 
  • Infertility (both in men and women)
  • Any other severe allergic reaction to the medicine

What drugs can interact with Tramadol?

Tramadol tends to interact with the following medicine and can dangerously affect your health:

  • Cold and allergy medicines 
  • Medicines to treat asthma 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders medicines 
  • Medicines to treat motion sickness, overreactive bladder, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Narcotic medications
  • Opioid pain medications 
  • Sedatives 
  • Sleeping pills
  • Muscles relaxers 
  • Medicines used for treating mood disorders and mental illness 
  • Stimulants 
  • Antidepressants 
  • Medication for Parkinson’s disease 
  • Migraine headache medicines

As the interaction of Tramadol with these medicines can be life-threatening. Therefore you need to tell your health expert about all the medications and therapies before taking Tramadol.