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 2,341 1,003
Fibromyalgia 1,370 614
Muscle pain 583 239
Back pain 57 23
Pain in lower back 55 59

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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
Severe 133
Moderate 257
Mild 460
None 784

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 44

Show all 279 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 125
50 mg daily 59
50 mg three times daily 52
50 mg twice daily 37
50 mg four times daily 32
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 26
100 mg three times daily 24
300 mg daily 22
100 mg four times daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 387
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 210
Other 165
Course of treatment ended 95
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 23
See all 903 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 27
1 - 2 years 74
2 - 5 years 169
5 - 10 years 192
10 years or more 95

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 230
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1079
Usually 333
Sometimes 171
Never taken as prescribed 51
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 192
Not at all hard to take 1279
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 875
Not specified 645

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 60
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 19
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 18
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 45
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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146 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Nov 16, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 15, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Feb 25, 2013 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have trouble fitting in 3 doses a day - I'm just not out of bed long enough to do it safely.

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 11, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for abdominal pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Can cause constipation
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 11, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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