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 2,311 992
Fibromyalgia 1,361 605
Muscle pain 576 230
Back pain 57 24
Pain in lower back 55 57

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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
131
Moderate
254
Mild
462
None
767

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 49
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 124
50 mg daily 49
50 mg three times daily 47
50 mg twice daily 34
100 mg three times daily 31
100 mg daily 28
50 mg four times daily 27
2 50mg as needed 24
100 mg twice daily 19
300 mg daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 386
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 210
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 23
See all 896 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 174
10 years or more 92

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 227
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 125
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1060
Usually 333
Sometimes 170
Never taken as prescribed 51
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 104
A little hard to take 192
Not at all hard to take 1259
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 66
< $25 868
Not specified 631

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 56
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 17
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 12

Show all 55 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
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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

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
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