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 2,346 1,006
Fibromyalgia 1,371 616
Muscle pain 584 241
Back pain 57 23
Pain in lower back 55 59

Show all 283 reasons taken


  • 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 789

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

Show all 228 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 118
50 mg daily 55
50 mg three times daily 47
50 mg four times daily 32
50 mg twice daily 31
100 mg daily 28
100 mg twice daily 26
300 mg daily 26
100 mg three times daily 23
2 50mg as needed 21

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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 234
Doctor's advice 210
Other 165
Course of treatment ended 98
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 22
See all 908 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 53
2 - 5 years 163
5 - 10 years 196
10 years or more 109

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 232
6 months - 1 year 134
1 - 2 years 129
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1083
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 193
Not at all hard to take 1283
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 65
< $25 879
Not specified 646

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) 44
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 11
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 8

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in chest wall)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain around ribs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Sep 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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