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 2,345 1,004
Fibromyalgia 1,371 616
Muscle pain 584 241
Back pain 57 23
Pain in lower back 55 59

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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 133
Moderate 257
Mild 460
None 788

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Sleepiness 45

Show all 228 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 122
50 mg daily 57
50 mg three times daily 52
50 mg twice daily 34
50 mg four times daily 30
100 mg daily 27
100 mg twice daily 25
300 mg daily 25
100 mg three times daily 20
100 mg four times daily 19

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 388
Side effects too severe 234
Doctor's advice 210
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 98
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 23
See all 909 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 196
10 years or more 107

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 232
6 months - 1 year 134
1 - 2 years 129
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1082
Usually 333
Sometimes 171
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 193
Not at all hard to take 1282
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 880
Not specified 644

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 61
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 19
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 18
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 44
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Jul 8, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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