What is Tramadol?

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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.

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 2367 1007
Fibromyalgia 1384 623
Muscle pain 593 248
Back pain 60 24
Pain in lower back 57 62

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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 136
Moderate 258
Mild 460
None 800

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 46

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
50mg as needed 62
50 mg three times daily 25
50 mg daily 23
50 mg twice daily 20
50 mg four times daily 19
100 mg twice daily 15
2 50mg as needed 14
100 mg daily 12
200 mg daily 11
300 mg daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 394
Side effects too severe 238
Doctor's advice 217
Other 172
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 33
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 23
See all 931 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 84
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 64

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 236
6 months - 1 year 138
1 - 2 years 133
2 - 5 years 157
5 - 10 years 73
10 years or more 19
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1096
Usually 333
Sometimes 173
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 197
Not at all hard to take 1293
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 24
$25-49 64
< $25 878
Not specified 661

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) 14

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 48
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 11
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 10
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 9

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching to

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146 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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

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

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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