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 2,142 865
Fibromyalgia 1,243 512
Muscle pain 523 177
Back pain 57 24
Muscle and joint pain 53 23
Pain in lower back 53 36

Show all 310 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 119
Moderate 233
Mild 416
None 635

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 77
Nausea 72
Drowsiness 70
Dry mouth 54
Dizziness 46
Fatigue 40

Show all 264 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 83
50 mg daily 38
50 mg three times daily 34
50 mg twice daily 24
100 mg daily 22
50 mg four times daily 22
100 mg three times daily 21
2 50mg as needed 19
100 mg twice daily 16
300 mg daily 15

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 355
Side effects too severe 218
Doctor's advice 191
Other 148
Course of treatment ended 79
Personal research 31
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 20
See all 816 patients who’ve stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 54
2 - 5 years 138
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 55

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 161
1 - 6 months 227
6 months - 1 year 128
1 - 2 years 116
2 - 5 years 137
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 913
Usually 298
Sometimes 151
Never taken as prescribed 41
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 52
Somewhat hard to take 94
A little hard to take 180
Not at all hard to take 1077
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 19
$25-49 61
< $25 752
Not specified 544

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 35
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 12
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 9
Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER) 8

Show all 46 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 35
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 7
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 6
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 6

Show all 43 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: 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: 3 stars
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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