What is Tramadol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Tramadol-acetaminophen

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used for the relief of moderate to moderately-severe pain. Extended release formulations are used for patients requiring around-the-clock management of moderate to moderately-severe pain for an extended period of time.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 2374 1025
Fibromyalgia 1391 635
Muscle pain 593 256
Back pain 59 24
Pain in lower back 57 65

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 138
Moderate 263
Mild 460
None 813

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 90
Nausea 80
Drowsiness 79
Dry mouth 59
Dizziness 50
Sleepiness 48

Show all 217 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
50mg as needed 41
50 mg three times daily 19
50 mg daily 14
100 mg daily 14
50 mg twice daily 11
50 mg four times daily 10
100 mg twice daily 9
100 mg three times daily 7
400 mg daily 7
2 50mg as needed 7

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 395
Side effects too severe 239
Doctor's advice 221
Other 176
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 35
Change in health plan coverage 25
Expense 24
See all 941 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 34

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 237
6 months - 1 year 139
1 - 2 years 135
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 76
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1113
Usually 334
Sometimes 175
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 60
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 198
Not at all hard to take 1309
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 12
$100-199 17
$50-99 23
$25-49 64
< $25 886
Not specified 672

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 63
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 20
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 19
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 16
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 16

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 48
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 12
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 12
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 10
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9

Show all 54 treatments patients report switching to

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145 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2018 (Started Jan 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for painful breathing)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in chest wall)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain around ribs)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for myofascial pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain around ribs)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in chest wall)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 9, 2017 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: still need the combo but pain hasn't been too bad for several months and rarely take it
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It doesn't really do anything by itself but when taken with Cyclobenzaprine and Acetaminophen, it works great!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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