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 2,123 848
Fibromyalgia 1,230 500
Muscle pain 515 174
Back pain 56 23
Muscle and joint pain 53 23
Pain in lower back 53 36

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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 117
Moderate 232
Mild 408
None 620

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 75
Nausea 71
Drowsiness 68
Dry mouth 53
Dizziness 45
Fatigue 35

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 81
50 mg daily 40
50 mg three times daily 29
50 mg twice daily 24
100 mg daily 22
50 mg four times daily 22
100 mg three times daily 18
2 50mg as needed 17
300 mg daily 15
100 mg twice daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 348
Side effects too severe 216
Doctor's advice 192
Other 147
Course of treatment ended 80
Personal research 31
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 19
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Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 115
10 years or more 42

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 157
1 - 6 months 225
6 months - 1 year 125
1 - 2 years 114
2 - 5 years 137
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 898
Usually 295
Sometimes 148
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 51
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 175
Not at all hard to take 1058
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 19
$25-49 61
< $25 735
Not specified 535

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 36
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 14
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 12
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 10
Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER) 8

Show all 44 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 34
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 7
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 7
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 6

Show all 44 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: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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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: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F63y
FM:18y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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