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 2,246 949
fibromyalgia 1,315 570
Muscle pain 553 198
Back pain 59 24
Pain in lower back 56 39
Muscle and joint pain 55 26

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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 129
Moderate 248
Mild 457
None 712

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 83
Nausea 79
Drowsiness 77
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 51
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 107
50 mg three times daily 53
50 mg daily 47
50 mg twice daily 45
50 mg four times daily 38
100 mg daily 27
100 mg twice daily 26
100 mg three times daily 26
200 mg daily 20
300 mg daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 369
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 198
Other 154
Course of treatment ended 83
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 20
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Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 58
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 157
10 years or more 80

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 172
1 - 6 months 235
6 months - 1 year 134
1 - 2 years 121
2 - 5 years 141
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1012
Usually 321
Sometimes 165
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 189
Not at all hard to take 1197
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 64
< $25 827
Not specified 606

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 49
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 11
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 11

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Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 41
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 10
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 47 treatments patients report switching to

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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

AnnieOakley
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AnnieOakley
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F44y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See AnnieOakley's full Tramadol history

Apr 28, 2017 (Started Apr 25, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
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

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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

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