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 2,278 977
Fibromyalgia 1,336 588
Muscle pain 562 221
Back pain 55 22
Pain in lower back 54 55

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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 251
Mild 457
None 754

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 85
Drowsiness 78
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 101
50 mg three times daily 48
50 mg daily 40
50 mg twice daily 38
50 mg four times daily 36
100 mg daily 22
100 mg three times daily 21
2 50mg as needed 21
100 mg twice daily 18
200 mg daily 16

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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 233
Doctor's advice 201
Other 157
Course of treatment ended 84
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 866 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 63
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 143
10 years or more 63

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 176
1 - 6 months 237
6 months - 1 year 134
1 - 2 years 123
2 - 5 years 142
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1042
Usually 332
Sometimes 167
Never taken as prescribed 49
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 190
Not at all hard to take 1238
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 859
Not specified 617

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 52
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 16
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 13
Ibuprofen Prescription (Ibu) 11

Show all 52 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 43
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
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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