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 indicated 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 2,197 906
Fibromyalgia 1,286 537
Muscle pain 543 189
Back pain 57 24
Muscle and joint pain 54 25
Pain in lower back 54 37

Show all 322 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 126
Moderate 240
Mild 441
None 669

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 82
Nausea 79
Drowsiness 74
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 51
Fatigue 43

Show all 272 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 94
50 mg daily 45
50 mg three times daily 45
50 mg twice daily 39
100 mg three times daily 31
50 mg four times daily 29
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 26
200 mg daily 21
2 50mg as needed 20

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 361
Side effects too severe 227
Doctor's advice 194
Other 150
Course of treatment ended 81
Personal research 32
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 20
See all 835 patients who’ve stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 157
5 - 10 years 141
10 years or more 81

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 169
1 - 6 months 231
6 months - 1 year 132
1 - 2 years 118
2 - 5 years 139
5 - 10 years 52
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 965
Usually 306
Sometimes 160
Never taken as prescribed 45
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 56
Somewhat hard to take 100
A little hard to take 187
Not at all hard to take 1133
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 64
< $25 792
Not specified 571

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 46
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 14
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 11
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 10

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 39
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 7
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 45 treatments patients report switching to

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145 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See Kappy4's full Tramadol history

Dec 9, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Nov 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

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

Nov 14, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
hdno1
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hdno1
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F64y
FM:18y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See hdno1's full Tramadol history

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
CarynH
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CarynH
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 44
Condition: Crohn's Disease 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Crohn's Disease

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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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