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 2,269 972
Fibromyalgia 1,333 585
Muscle pain 560 218
Back pain 55 22
Pain in lower back 54 53
Breakthrough pain 51 27

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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 128
Moderate 250
Mild 458
None 744

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 84
Drowsiness 78
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 102
50 mg three times daily 50
50 mg daily 39
50 mg twice daily 39
50 mg four times daily 36
100 mg three times daily 26
100 mg daily 22
2 50mg as needed 20
100 mg twice daily 18
200 mg daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 372
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 200
Other 157
Course of treatment ended 84
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 22
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Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 170
5 - 10 years 151
10 years or more 71

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 174
1 - 6 months 236
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 123
2 - 5 years 142
5 - 10 years 57
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1034
Usually 331
Sometimes 166
Never taken as prescribed 49
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 58
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 190
Not at all hard to take 1229
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 851
Not specified 615

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 51
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 16
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 13
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 11

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

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

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

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

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
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