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 2778 1018
Fibromyalgia 1570 641
Muscle pain 690 238
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 251 9
Complex regional pain syndrome type II 221 13

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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 146
Moderate 263
Mild 464
None 815

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 87
Nausea 83
Drowsiness 80
Dry mouth 61
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 46

Show all 221 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients Percentage
50mg as needed 16
50 mg daily 7
50 mg twice daily 5
50 mg three times daily 5
50 mg four times daily 5
100 mg three times daily 5
100 mg daily 4
100 mg four times daily 3
200 mg twice daily 3
2 50mg as needed 3

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 412
Side effects too severe 247
Doctor's advice 227
Other 184
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 37
Change in health plan coverage 27
Expense 25
See all 977 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 36

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 201
1 - 6 months 237
6 months - 1 year 140
1 - 2 years 131
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1117
Usually 329
Sometimes 180
Never taken as prescribed 62
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 110
A little hard to take 196
Not at all hard to take 1320
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 12
$100-199 11
$50-99 24
$25-49 63
< $25 868
Not specified 710

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 63
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 24
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 23
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 16
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 16

Show all 60 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 73
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 21
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 18
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 17
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15

Show all 77 treatments patients report switching to

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142 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Oct 1, 2021 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Dec 8, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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 (for Overall)
  • 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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