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 2,257 962
fibromyalgia 1,327 576
Muscle pain 557 212
Back pain 59 24
Pain in lower back 57 50
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 128
Moderate 250
Mild 458
None 727

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 84
Drowsiness 78
Nausea 78
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 51
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 109
50 mg three times daily 55
50 mg twice daily 45
50 mg daily 41
50 mg four times daily 41
100 mg three times daily 30
100 mg daily 25
100 mg twice daily 24
300 mg daily 20
2 50mg as needed 19

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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 199
Other 155
Course of treatment ended 83
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 10
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 39
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 165
10 years or more 84

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 173
1 - 6 months 235
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 122
2 - 5 years 142
5 - 10 years 56
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1024
Usually 327
Sometimes 164
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 1214
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 838
Not specified 611

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) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 12
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 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

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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