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 2372 1009
Fibromyalgia 1381 618
Muscle pain 592 247
Back pain 59 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 134
Moderate 257
Mild 463
None 799

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 90
Drowsiness 79
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Sleepiness 45

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
50mg as needed 84
50 mg three times daily 36
100 mg twice daily 22
50 mg daily 21
50 mg twice daily 21
50 mg four times daily 21
100 mg three times daily 17
100 mg daily 15
300 mg daily 12
2 50mg as needed 11

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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 237
Doctor's advice 213
Other 169
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 33
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 24
See all 926 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 108
5 - 10 years 106
10 years or more 73

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 236
6 months - 1 year 138
1 - 2 years 130
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1093
Usually 337
Sometimes 171
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 60
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 1291
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 24
$25-49 65
< $25 882
Not specified 655

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 55 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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 28, 2017 (Started Apr 25, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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