What is Tramadol?
Tramadol is an opioid pain medication useful in treating mild to acute pain. The onset of pain relief begins within an hour after taking Tramadol immediate-release pills. Tramadol is available in long-acting formulations and combination with acetaminophen (paracetamol).
Tramadol binds the opioid receptors on neurons. It is also an SNRI (Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor). Tramadol can also convert into O-desmethyl tramadol to bind opioid receptors more strongly.
Tramadol got approval for medical use in the mid-1990s in America. It is available both as a generic medication and a brand name version. Tramadol was the 39th most prescribed medication in 2016 in the United States, with over 19 million prescriptions.
How is it used?
Tramadol comes as oral administration pills taken by mouth. Always seek the dose as prescribed by a medical professional. Take the immediate-release tablets every 4-6 hours with or without food, as required.
Do not take higher doses of Tramadol as it can cause a fatal overdose. Tramadol overdose causes severe symptoms and even death in serious cases.
Doctors initiate the treatment with a low dosage of Tramadol and then increase the daily doses based upon the intensity of pain and response of a patient. Doctors should increase doses of immediate-release pills every three days and extended-pills every five days.
Never stop taking Tramadol cold turkey. Talk to a doctor if you want to discontinue the medication of Tramadol. Taking it for a prolonged period can cause psychic or physical dependence. Abruptly stopping the usage of the drug can cause withdrawal symptoms. Doctors should gradually taper the doses to prevent symptoms of withdrawal from Tramadol.
What are the special precautions associated with Tramadol?
Read the following precautions before you buy Tramadol online:
- Do not take Tramadol if you are allergic to it or any inactive ingredients of the medication.
- Tell a doctor if you have a hypersensitivity to opioids.
- Tramadol interacts with many other drugs. Give your doctor a complete list of all the prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamin or nutrition supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
- Avoid taking Tramadol if you have a narrowing or blockage in your intestine or stomach, seizures, paralytic ileus, brain or spine infection, difficulty urinating, or suicidal thoughts.
- Tramadol adversely affects fertility in men and women.
- Avoid taking Tramadol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the medication causes withdrawal symptoms in an unborn or nursing baby.
- Do not do any work that needs alertness while you are on Tramadol medication as it causes drowsiness.