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Tramadol drug description
Tramadol is a prescription medicine that helps treat moderate to severe pain in adults. The oral tablets of tramadol are available in both immediate and extended-release forms. It also comes as an extended-release oral capsule. Both tramadol oral tablets are available as generic medications. The immediate-release tablet of tramadol is also available as the brand-name drug Ultram. You can easily order tramadol online or from a local pharmacy store.
Do not use tramadol if you are suicidal or prone to addiction.
- People should not take tramadol if they have severe breathing problems, a blockage in their stomach or intestines, or if they have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotic medication, or an MAO inhibitor (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others).
- Patients taking tramadol have reported seizures. If you take higher doses than recommended, you are more likely to have seizures. Seizures are also more likely in people who have a seizure disorder or are taking certain antidepressants or opioid medications.
- Tramadol may be habit-forming and can slow or stop your breathing. Misuse of tramadol can cause addiction, overdose, or death, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Keep this drug out of reach of others.
- Never give tramadol to a child under the age of 12 or to anyone under the age of 18 who has recently had surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids. Do not give Ultram ER to anyone under the age of 18. Tramadol use during pregnancy can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
- If you combine this medication with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, fatal side effects may occur.
What to know before taking tramadol?
Do not give tramadol if you are allergic to it or if you have any of the following conditions:
- Obstruction of the stomach or intestines (including paralytic ileus)
- Severe asthma or breathing difficulties
- If you have recently consumed alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic drugs
- If you have taken an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days (such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine)
- Never give tramadol to a child younger than 12 years old. Do not give Ultram ER to anyone under the age of 18.
- Never give tramadol to anyone under the age of 18 who has recently had surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids.
- Tell your doctor if you ever had any of the following conditions to make sure tramadol is safe for you:
- Sleep apnea, breathing problems
- Urination problems
- Liver or kidney disease
- A stomach disorder
- Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
- Mental illness, or suicide attempt
- Some tramadol users have experienced seizures. If you ever had any of the following conditions, your risk of having a seizure is likely to be higher. These conditions include
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol
- A metabolic disorder
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorder, a head injury
If you use tramadol while pregnant, your baby may be born with fatal withdrawal symptoms and may require medical treatment for several weeks.
- Tramadol can enter into breast milk and may cause serious side effects in a breastfed child. These side effects can include slowed breathing and death. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking tramadol. Inform your doctor if you notice the nursing baby is drowsy or breathing slowly.
How to take tramadol?
Take tramadol as directed by your doctor. Do not use tramadol in larger amounts or for longer than the prescribed duration.
- Never give tramadol to anyone else, especially someone who has a history of drug addiction. Misuse of opioid drugs can result in addiction, overdose, or death. It is illegal to sell or distribute tramadol. However, you can buy tramadol online with a prescription.
- When you start taking tramadol, you should stop using all other opioid medications.
- Take tramadol with or without food, but it must be taken the same way each time.
- To avoid a potentially fatal overdose, swallow the capsule or tablet whole. Do not open, crush, chew, break, or dissolve.
- Never crush or break a tramadol tablet to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. This practice can result in death.
- If you stop using tramadol abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Before discontinuing medication, consult with your doctor.
Tramadol side effects
Common side effects of tramadol may include:
- Constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
- Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness
Serious side effects may include:
- Sighing, shallow breathing, noisy breathing, or breathing that stops during sleep
- A light-headed feeling
- A slow heart rate or weak pulse
- Seizure or convulsions
- Low cortisol levels, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness
Tramadol may be habit-forming and can slow or stop your breathing. Tramadol may cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome include fever, sweating, shivering, hallucinations, agitation, muscle stiffness, fast heart rate, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting.