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 2,216 924
Fibromyalgia 1,301 555
Muscle pain 547 191
Back pain 58 24
Muscle and joint pain 55 26
Pain in lower back 54 38

Show all 324 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 128
Moderate 244
Mild 448
None 689

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 82
Nausea 79
Drowsiness 74
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 51
Fatigue 43

Show all 278 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 99
50 mg daily 51
50 mg three times daily 49
50 mg twice daily 43
50 mg four times daily 33
100 mg twice daily 28
100 mg three times daily 28
100 mg daily 27
2 50mg as needed 23
200 mg daily 21

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 365
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 196
Other 152
Course of treatment ended 83
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 20
See all 846 patients who’ve stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 72
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 152
10 years or more 84

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 170
1 - 6 months 234
6 months - 1 year 133
1 - 2 years 119
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 984
Usually 316
Sometimes 163
Never taken as prescribed 46
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 56
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 188
Not at all hard to take 1162
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 64
< $25 809
Not specified 587

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 48
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 12
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 10

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 41
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

Show all 46 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: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
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: 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

  • 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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