What is Tramadol ?
Tramadol is an opioid analgesic mainly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. This includes postoperative pain, constipation, cancer, musculoskeletal pain, dental pain, respiratory depression among other conditions.
The extended-release tablets or capsules are administered for chronic pain treatments. Tramadol is also marketed under the brand names; Ultram, Conzip, Rybix ODT, and Ultram ER.
Before taking tramadol
You should not take tramadol if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problems;
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
- if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications; or
- if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days (such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, etc..).
Tramadol should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old. Ultram ER should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years old.
Seizures have occurred in some people taking tramadol. Talk with your doctor about your seizure risk, which may be higher if you have ever had:
- a head injury, epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- drug or alcohol addiction;
- a metabolic disorder; or
- if you also use certain antifungal medications, heart or blood pressure medications, medicines to treat HIV or AIDS.
If you use tramadol while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Do not breast-feed while taking tramadol. This medicine can pass into breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing problems, or death in a nursing baby.
To make sure tramadol is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver or kidney disease;
- a stomach disorder; or
- mental illness, or suicide attempt.
How should I take tramadol?
Take tramadol exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Cautions: Tramadol may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. mis use of tramadol can cause addiction, orverdose also can cause death.
Never crush or break a tablet inhale the power or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug intoyour vein. This practice has resulted in death.
Stop taking all other around-the-clock narcotic pain medications when you start taking tramadol.
Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release tablet or capsule (ConZip, Ultram ER). Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.
If you use the tramadol extended-release tablet, the tablet shell may pass into your stools (bowel movements). This is normal and does not mean that you are not receiving enough of the medicine.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of your medicine. Tramadol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
You should not take tramadol if you have severe breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, and if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotic medication, or an MAO inhibitor.