Tramadol is the generic name for the pain reliever sold under diverse brand names such as Ultram, and Ultram ER. Doctors prescribe Tramadol to treat people who suffer from moderate to severe pain. Tramadol comes as a tablet, and as an extended – release tablet or capsule for around-the-clock pain.
It is a pain reliever called Opiate narcotic analgesics, in chemical terms which works by changing the way our body responds to pain. It may increase the levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin in the body.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tramadol in 1995 under the brand name Ultram.
Tramadol may be harmful to the consumer if:
- Seizure occurs
- You may be at a greater risk if you are already taking an antidepressant or if you have a history of drug, alcohol abuse or depression.
- Tramadol increases the amount of serotonin in the brain, you may be at a risk if you combine Tramadol with other medications.
- Tramadol may be habit-forming which means if you suddenly stop taking Tramadol you could have withdrawal symptoms, like sweating, nausea, muscle aches, insomnia, anxiety, and tremors.
Before starting Tramadol tell the doctor if you have:
- Head injury or stroke
- Liver diseases
- Digestive problems like Constipation
- Kidney related problems
- Any mental health condition like depression
- History of drug or alcohol
- Should be avoided by pregnant women
- Anyone younger than 16 should not take Tramadol
Your dosage of Tramadol will depend on the level of pain and how you react to the medication. Your doctor may start at a low dose and gradually increase it to find the dose that works for the patient.
USUAL DOSAGE INFORMATION
This is a typical dosing schedule for someone just starting to take Tramadol regular-release tablets
Your doctor will most likely start with 25 milligrams (mg) each morning.
That may increase by separate doses of 25 mg every three days to reach a maximum dose of 100 mg a day (25 mg, four times a day), depending on how much the medication is relieving your pain.
If necessary, your doctor may increase by separate doses of 50 mg every three days to reach a maximum of 200 mg a day (50 mg, four times a day).
A normal adult dose should not go above 400 mg a day.
For someone with cirrhosis (liver damage), the daily dose should not be above 100 mg in a 24-hour period.
For someone with kidney disease, the daily dose should not be above 200mg.
For someone older than 75, the daily dose should not be above 200 mg.
An overdose of Tramadol can cause the following symptoms:
- Respiratory problems like shallow breathing
- Extreme body weakness
- Dilated pupils
- Feeling dizzy
- Cold and clammy skin
- Loss of consciousness
If you think you had an overdose call the doctor immediately in case of an emergency
TRAMADOL SIDE EFFECTS AND ABUSE
If you have any side effects from Tramadol, get medical help immediately
Some common symptoms are:
- Trouble in breathing
- Experiencing chest pain
- Rapid increase in heart rate
- Fainting or feeling drowsiness
- Swelling in face
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
If you are over 65, you may be at higher risk for side effects from Tramadol, and people over 75 should take a lower dose of Tramadol than usually prescribed.
Tramadol is considered safe and has FDA approval, there have being reports of abuse because the drug has opioid-like effects, giving the users a narcotic high. People who are prone to addiction or have suicidal tendencies should not take Tramadol.
Tramadol can be purchased online at cheaper rates than in retail market and it will be delivered within 24 to 36 hours.