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 2,304 991
Fibromyalgia 1,354 603
Muscle pain 574 229
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
253
Mild
460
None
768

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 88
Drowsiness 79
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 53
50 mg three times daily 42
50 mg twice daily 37
100 mg three times daily 31
50 mg four times daily 30
100 mg daily 29
2 50mg as needed 20
300 mg daily 17
100 mg twice daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 383
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 209
Other 162
Course of treatment ended 89
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 889 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 71
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 174
10 years or more 87

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 181
1 - 6 months 240
6 months - 1 year 137
1 - 2 years 125
2 - 5 years 148
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1059
Usually 331
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 1257
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 66
< $25 869
Not specified 628

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 55
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 17
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 12

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 43
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

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

Oct 15, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Feb 25, 2013 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have trouble fitting in 3 doses a day - I'm just not out of bed long enough to do it safely.

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 11, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for abdominal pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Can cause constipation
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 11, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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