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 2,323 994
Fibromyalgia 1,368 609
Muscle pain 581 235
Back pain 57 24
Pain in lower back 55 58

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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
130
Moderate
255
Mild
460
None
772

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 79
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 49
Fatigue 44

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 120
50 mg daily 50
50 mg three times daily 50
50 mg twice daily 37
50 mg four times daily 28
100 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 26
300 mg daily 22
2 50mg as needed 22
100 mg twice daily 20

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 386
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 210
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 91
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 23
See all 898 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 166
10 years or more 92

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 226
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 125
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1065
Usually 332
Sometimes 170
Never taken as prescribed 50
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 1262
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 66
< $25 869
Not specified 633

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 58
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 18
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 16
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 14
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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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Dec 1, 2007 (Started Nov 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: extreme fatigue

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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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