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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 123
50 mg daily 59
50 mg three times daily 51
50 mg twice daily 37
50 mg four times daily 32
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 24
100 mg three times daily 22
300 mg daily 21
2 50mg as needed 20

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 388
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 211
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 23
See all 907 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 189
10 years or more 94

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 232
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 67
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

May 1, 2007 (Started Mar 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (anaphylaxis)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg/24 hours Daily

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Jan 15, 2006 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: The problem I have with Tremedol along with other pain medications is that there are health risks to taking them if you take them for prolonged periods of time. I'm felt I was too young to be taking a drug for an undetermined length of time because this drug could have damaged my liver. Blood tests have to be given when Tremedol is used in a high dose. I was not on a high dose but I really didn't want to chance it.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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