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 2,359 1,013
Fibromyalgia 1,377 618
Muscle pain 588 243
Back pain 58 23
Pain in lower back 56 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 259
Mild 462
None 796

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 80
Nausea 78
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Sleepiness 45

Show all 204 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 103
50 mg daily 46
50 mg three times daily 44
50 mg twice daily 29
100 mg twice daily 27
50 mg four times daily 26
100 mg daily 22
300 mg daily 21
100 mg three times daily 20
100 mg four times daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 390
Side effects too severe 235
Doctor's advice 212
Other 169
Course of treatment ended 99
Personal research 33
Expense 24
Change in health plan coverage 23
See all 919 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 168
10 years or more 101

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 198
1 - 6 months 234
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 131
2 - 5 years 158
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1091
Usually 335
Sometimes 172
Never taken as prescribed 52
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 105
A little hard to take 195
Not at all hard to take 1291
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 24
$25-49 65
< $25 884
Not specified 650

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 61
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 19
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 18
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14

Show all 57 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) 10
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 9
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9

Show all 52 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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