Is tramadol a pain killer?

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  1. Information on tramadol

Tramadol is a powerful analgesic. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as after surgery or a serious injury.

It’s also used to treat chronic pain when weaker pain relievers no longer work.

Tramadol is only available with a prescription. It is available in the form of tablets, capsules, and liquid drops that must be swallowed. It can also be administered via injection, but this is usually only done in a hospital setting.

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  1. Important information

 The most common tramadol side effects are nausea and dizziness.

Tramadol addiction is possible, but your doctor will explain how to reduce your chances of becoming addicted. If you need to take tramadol for more than a few weeks, your treatment plan may include instructions on how and when to discontinue use. It is best not to combine tramadol and alcohol because you are more likely to experience side effects such as sleepiness.

Invodol, Larapam, Mabron, Maneo, Marol, Maxitram, Oldaram, Tilodol, Tradorec, Tramquel, Tramulief, Zamadol, Zeridame, and Zydol are some brand names for tramadol.

 

  1. Who should and should not take tramadol?

Tramadol can be taken by both adults and children over the age of 12.

Some people should not take tramadol. Before beginning the medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have: had an allergic reaction to tramadol or any other medication in the past a seizure-causing illness an injury to the head an addiction to alcohol, strong pain relievers, or recreational drugs breathing difficulties problems with the kidneys or liver  had an allergic reaction to other strong pain relievers in the past

4. When and how to take it

Follow your doctor’s instructions for using this medication. This is especially important because tramadol has the potential to be addictive. The dose varies, but you should not take more than 400mg per day.

Tramadol usually does not cause stomach upset, so you can take it with or without food.

Tramadol comes in various forms. Tramadol is available as:

fast-acting tablets contain 50mg of tramadol slow-acting tablets contain 50mg, 75mg, 100mg, 150mg, 200mg, 300mg, or 400mg of tramadol fast-acting capsules contain 50mg of tramadol slow-acting capsules contain 50mg, 100mg, 150mg, 200mg, 300mg, or 400mg of tramadol drops (usually given in hospital)

soluble tablets – these contain 50mg of tramadol an injection – these contain 50mg of tramadol an injection (usually given in hospital)

Tramadol drops, injections, and some tablets and capsules have a rapid onset of action. They begin working within 30 to 60 minutes. They are used to treat pain that is expected to last only a short period of time. You may be advised to take fast-acting tramadol only when you are in pain, rather than on a regular basis. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations.

Slow-release tramadol tablets and capsules are available. This means that the tramadol is released gradually into your body over a period of 12 or 24 hours. This tramadol type takes longer to start working but lasts longer. It is used to treat chronic pain.

Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose for you based on how sensitive you are to pain and how severe your pain is. It is possible that your dose will need to be adjusted several times before you find what works best for you. In general, you will be given the lowest possible dose that will relieve your pain.

 

How much should I take?

Dosages differ from one person to the next. Your dose will be determined by how severe your pain is, how you’ve responded to previous pain relievers, and whether or not you experience any side effects.

How to deal with it

Fast-acting tramadol is available in capsules, drops, and two types of tablets – soluble and dissolve-in-the-mouth tablets:

capsules: swallow each capsule whole with plenty of water drops: mix the drops into a glass of water before drinking the entire contents of the glass soluble tablets: Drink each tablet after dissolving it in 50ml (1/2 cup) of water.

Before handling dissolve-in-the-mouth tablets, make sure your hands are dry. Remove the tablet from the blister pack and place it on your tongue. Suck the tablet rather than chewing it. After it has melted, swallow it or drink some water. If you prefer, you can dissolve the tablet in a glass of water.

Tramadol slow-release tablets and capsules are available. Slow-release tramadol tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

Important

Slow-release tablets and capsules should not be broken, crushed, chewed, or sucked. If you do, the slow-release system will not function, and the entire dose may enter your body at once. This could result in a fatal overdose.

When should you take it?

When to take it is determined by the type of tramadol prescribed to you:

fast-acting tablets and capsules – usually three to four times per day drops – usually three to four times per day slow-release tablets and capsules – usually taken once or twice per day

If you are 65 or older, or if you have liver or kidney problems, your doctor may advise you to take tramadol less frequently.

Tramadol can be taken at any time of day, but try to take it at the same time each day and space your doses evenly. For example, if you take tramadol twice a day and take your first dose at 8 a.m., your second dose should be taken at 8 p.m.

What if I don’t remember to bring it?

This will depend on the type of tramadol you’re taking.

If you forget to take a dose, consult the patient information leaflet included with the medication or seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor.

Never take two doses at once to make up for a missed one.

If you frequently forget to take your medication, setting an alarm may help. You could also seek advice from your pharmacist on other methods to help you remember to take your medication.

What happens if I don’t take it anymore?

If you have to take tramadol for an extended period of time, your body may become tolerant to it.

This is usually not a problem, but if you stop taking it abruptly, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Talk to your doctor first if you want to stop taking tramadol. To avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, your dose will usually be gradually reduced.

If you suddenly stop taking tramadol, you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as:

agitated, anxious, shaking, and sweating

Important

If you have been taking tramadol for more than a few weeks, do not discontinue it without first consulting your doctor.

What if I overdo it?

It is critical not to exceed your prescribed dose, even if you believe it is insufficient to relieve your pain. If you believe you require a different dose, consult your doctor first.

Too much tramadol can be hazardous.

If you accidentally overdosed, you may feel drowsy, sick, or dizzy. It may also be difficult for you to breathe. In severe cases, you may become unconscious and require emergency hospital treatment.

The amount of tramadol that can cause an overdose varies depending on the individual.

If you have taken an extra dose by mistake, consult the information provided with the medicine packaging or seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor. In general, you are unlikely to experience any side effects and can proceed with your next dose as usual.

Urgent advice: Call 111 right away if you have taken two or more extra tramadol doses.

Do not drive yourself to A&E if you need to see a doctor. Request a ride from someone else or call an ambulance.

Take the tramadol box or leaflet inside the packet, as well as any leftover medication, with you.

 

  1. Using tramadol in conjunction with other pain relievers

Tramadol can be taken safely with paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin (aspirin is suitable for most people aged 16 years and over).

Tramadol should not be combined with code-ine-containing pain relievers purchased from a pharmacy. You will be more likely to experience side effects.

Some over-the-counter pain relievers contain code-ine, which is a medication similar to tramadol. code-ine-containing pain relievers available in pharmacies include co-codamol, Nurofen Plus, and Solpadeine.

  1. Adverse effects

Tramadol, like all medications, can cause side effects, though not everyone experiences them. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects bother you or do not go away.

Side effects are extremely common.

Tramadol side effects that affect more than one out of every ten people include:

feeling sick and dizzy   Side effects that are common

Tramadol side effects are common in more than one out of every 100 people. They are as follows:

headaches

feeling sleepy, tired, dizzy, or “spaced out” (vomiting)

constipation

dry mouth, sweating, and low energy

Severe side effects

Serious side effects are uncommon. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. breathing problems or short, shallow breathing

dizzy, tired, and lacking energy can all be symptoms of low blood pressure hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) confusion  seizures that make you very sleepy and make it difficult to pee or cause you to be unable to pee at all (fits)

If you have a seizure, go to A&E right away.

A severe allergic reaction

Tramadol can cause a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in rare cases.

Urgent action is required:

If you have a skin rash that includes itching, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, you’re wheezing, you have tightness in your chest or throat, you have trouble breathing or talking, or your mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat start swelling, call 999 or go to A&E right away.

You could be having a severe allergic reaction and require immediate hospital treatment.

These are not the only tramadol side effects. See the leaflet inside your medicine packet for a complete list.

Information: You can use the Yellow Card safety scheme to report any suspected side effects.

For more information, go to Yellow Card.

  1. How to Handle Side Effects

What should be done about:

If you have a headache, make sure to rest and drink plenty of fluids. It’s best not to drink alcohol while taking tramadol because you’ll be more labile.

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