What is Tramadol?
Tramadol like another opiate stimulates brain opioid receptors, but it also increases brain serotonin levels. It is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is only available with a prescription from your doctor.
Although is strong as other pain relieving medications still it can be additive for the consumer, therefore, do not take this medication for a longer period than prescribed by the doctor.
- Cause fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Raised blood pressure
- Muscle weakness
- Sensory disturbances
What are the risks?
Although Tramadol is not as potent as other pain reliever drug like heroin, it still acts as an opiate and also has additional risks if the consumer has a history of epilepsy or taking certain antidepressants you should only take Tramadol with medical advice. Tramadol can depress breathing and may be risky for patients who have asthma and chronic diseases.
Pregnant women should not use Tramadol as it can be toxic to the developing foetus.
Tramadol and Alcohol.
Mixing Tramadol with alcohol can have serious consequences an overdose is more likely and this can lead to coma and respiratory failure leading to death.
Can you get addicted to Tramadol?
Tramadol is a habit- forming, this means over time Tramadol produces carvings and a psychological desire to keep using it. Tolerance can also build so that the users have to take more just to get the same effects or to avoid unpleasant withdrawal. Withdrawal signs are:
- Nervous tremors
- Runny nose
- Sleep disturbance
- Muscle pull
Your dose of Tramadol will depend on your 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 you. 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 200 mg.
For someone older than 75, the daily dose should not be above 200 mg.