I will share to you 10 very quick facts about tramadol since I have already posted in my other blog that it has been used abusively and not just merely a pain killer.
- Tramadol is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to sever pain.
- Tramadol is available as immediate release tablet (50 mg.) and as an extended release tablet (100, 200, or 300 mg.). The extended release tablets are usually reserved for patients with chronic pain who require continuous, long-term treatment. Your doctor will determine the appropriate dosage schedule for you.
- Tramadol is a prohibited drug. It is important to take tramadol properly by following the prescribed instructions. If taken improperly or in a way that is not recommended, serious side effects and even death can result.
- Tramadol can cause addiction. Take it if prescribed only.
- Do not take tramadol if taking other drugs like Carbamazepine, it reduces the effect of tramadol, Quinidine, it increases the concentration of tramadol by 50% to 60% and MAO (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) inhibitor or SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can lead to seizures or other serious side effects.
- Breathing may be affected or even stop if tramadol is combined with alcohol, narcotic drugs, anesthetics, tranquilizers, or sedatives.
- If pregnant, or wanting to get pregnant, do not take tramadol since it may cause severe congenital abnormalities to the fetus.
- Tramadol may cause nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and vomiting.
- Prolong or chronic use of tramadol can even increase resistance to pain.
- Overdosage of tramadol has already been noted to patients which lead to decreased pupil size, difficulty breathing or staying awake, unconscious, coma, heart attack, or seizure.
Take tramadol only when needed and prescribed by licensed medical practitioners.