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 2,288 988
Fibromyalgia 1,345 599
Muscle pain 569 226
Back pain 56 23
Pain in lower back 54 56

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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 131
Moderate 251
Mild 460
None 762

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 86
Drowsiness 78
Nausea 78
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 97
50 mg three times daily 44
50 mg daily 38
50 mg twice daily 37
50 mg four times daily 34
100 mg three times daily 23
100 mg daily 22
2 50mg as needed 19
300 mg daily 18
100 mg twice daily 17

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 379
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 206
Other 159
Course of treatment ended 87
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 877 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 58
2 - 5 years 162
5 - 10 years 133
10 years or more 70

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 179
1 - 6 months 238
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 124
2 - 5 years 147
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1052
Usually 333
Sometimes 171
Never taken as prescribed 48
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 102
A little hard to take 191
Not at all hard to take 1252
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 66
< $25 867
Not specified 622

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 53
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 16
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14
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) 42
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Oct 7, 2017 (Started Oct 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (speedy feeling, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I just can't take pain meds. It's worse being sick to your stomach, when your in pain, and when I take it, I feel like I drank 2 pots of coffee. I'm zooming around cleaning and organizing, when I should be resting, because I'm in pain. It lessens the pain just enough , so I can do stuff, when it when wears off, the original pain comes back, and adds on the pain from what I was doing while on it. Grrrr

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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
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