What is Tramadol?

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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 2,341 1,003
Fibromyalgia 1,370 614
Muscle pain 583 239
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 784

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 44

Show all 279 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 123
50 mg daily 59
50 mg three times daily 51
50 mg twice daily 37
50 mg four times daily 32
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 24
100 mg three times daily 22
300 mg daily 21
2 50mg as needed 20

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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 233
Doctor's advice 211
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 96
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 23
Expense 23
See all 907 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 26
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 168
5 - 10 years 189
10 years or more 94

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 232
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 127
2 - 5 years 152
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1079
Usually 333
Sometimes 171
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 1279
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 875
Not specified 645

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 60
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) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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146 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Feb 6, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Jan 10, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still taking 1/2 tramadol tablet at night, with my Mirapex, still sleeping through the night. It's soooo wonderful! Here's some info for taking tramadol for RLS, in case it helps anyone: http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com/content/79/7/916.full.pdf
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking half a tablet of tramadol again, after I finally stopped taking it, in a desperate attempt to control my RLS symptoms which were being aggravated by the SNRI was on. I requested Mirapex from my doc and, after increasing the dose with no results and facing my 7th night of hardly any sleep, I read online that tramadol is sometimes used for hard-to-treat RLS symptoms. I tried taking it about 4:30 AM the first time and it worked! The next night (early morning), I tried again and it worked! The third night I took it at bedtime along with my Mirapex and I slept straight through the night for the first time in forever. I have an almost-full bottle of tramadol left which should keep me for awhile, and hopefully my RLS will have settled down to the point where the Mirapex alone will be able to control it. I know my doc doesn't like me taking tramadol along with a SNRI.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Dec 16, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: TFor general malaise and fatigue it worked wonderfully. For moderately severe pain, which is what it's designed for, well... it made you too loopy to care about your pain, so I guess it worked! A friend of mine was on it for upper back pain and he kept upping his dosage until he was up to 12 a day. We joked about how much it made us sweat. Then he scared himself and got off of it, and kept chugging along, refusing to let myself take more than 3 or 4 a day, and never taking more than 2 at a time. 2 tablets at once was enough to get me really woozy and itchy under my skin. It started becoming clear to me that I wasn't really taking the tramadol for the pain relief, which wasn't really that great. I was taking it for the energy boost. I started researching how it has SSRI properties, which got me researching antidepressants. I didn't feel depressed, but I started looking at the chemical makeup of the new SNRIs for fibromyalgia like Cymbalta and Pristiq. I decided to try Savella instead and weaned off the tramadol as I started titering up on the new drug. My dosage was pretty low but it was prolonged (daily for over a year). I think I had about 1 1/2 days of withdrawal symptoms, which happened to come on during a cold, so I was more miserable then I would have been otherwise. I also have had a fierce resurgence in restless leg symptoms, which tramadol used to take care of.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Sep 9, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

Apr 20, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive sweating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: excessive sweating, excessive sweating

  • 4 helpful marks

Mar 8, 2012 (Started Jan 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Manages all but the most severe flare, for me. No noticeable side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 20, 2011 (Started Feb 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Severe Abdominal pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (night sweats, hot flashes, serotonin syndrome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Stayed in the hospital for 6 days, had all sorts of heart tests done because they thought I had a heart attack and wouldn't admit that my dr screwed up & it was Serotonin Syndrome from being on this and Cymbalta at the same time. Even had a heart catheter, but luckily they found nothing.

  • 1 helpful mark
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