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 2,351 1,007
Fibromyalgia 1,375 618
Muscle pain 587 243
Back pain 58 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 256
Mild 460
None 793

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 120
50 mg daily 54
50 mg three times daily 47
50 mg twice daily 34
50 mg four times daily 30
100 mg daily 27
100 mg twice daily 26
300 mg daily 23
100 mg three times daily 22
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 390
Side effects too severe 234
Doctor's advice 211
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 98
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 23
See all 913 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 161
5 - 10 years 185
10 years or more 107

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 233
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 129
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1086
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 194
Not at all hard to take 1285
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 23
$25-49 65
< $25 880
Not specified 647

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) 45
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 10
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9

Show all 50 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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