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 2375 1010
Fibromyalgia 1386 619
Muscle pain 593 247
Back pain 60 23
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 135
Moderate 259
Mild 464
None 800

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 91
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 80
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 51
Sleepiness 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
50mg as needed 71
50 mg three times daily 25
50 mg daily 22
50 mg twice daily 21
100 mg twice daily 18
50 mg four times daily 18
100 mg daily 15
100 mg three times daily 14
300 mg daily 13
200 mg daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 396
Side effects too severe 238
Doctor's advice 215
Other 172
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 24
See all 931 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 93
5 - 10 years 102
10 years or more 67

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 236
6 months - 1 year 140
1 - 2 years 131
2 - 5 years 160
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1097
Usually 337
Sometimes 172
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 60
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 198
Not at all hard to take 1294
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 24
$25-49 65
< $25 883
Not specified 659

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) 17
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 46
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

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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 7, 2017 (Started Oct 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea, speedy feeling)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I just can't take pain meds. It's worse being sick to your stomach, when your in pain, and when I take it, I feel like I drank 2 pots of coffee. I'm zooming around cleaning and organizing, when I should be resting, because I'm in pain. It lessens the pain just enough , so I can do stuff, when it when wears off, the original pain comes back, and adds on the pain from what I was doing while on it. Grrrr

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