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 2,301 990
Fibromyalgia 1,354 603
Muscle pain 573 228
Back pain 56 24
Pain in lower back 53 56

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
131
Moderate
253
Mild
460
None
767

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 88
Drowsiness 79
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 58
Dizziness 50
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 120
50 mg daily 55
50 mg three times daily 41
50 mg twice daily 32
100 mg three times daily 32
50 mg four times daily 31
100 mg daily 28
2 50mg as needed 21
100 mg twice daily 18
300 mg daily 16

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 384
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 208
Other 163
Course of treatment ended 88
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 3
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 65
2 - 5 years 171
5 - 10 years 172
10 years or more 85

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 181
1 - 6 months 240
6 months - 1 year 137
1 - 2 years 126
2 - 5 years 147
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1058
Usually 331
Sometimes 172
Never taken as prescribed 50
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 59
Somewhat hard to take 103
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
< $25 868
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) 16
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
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 9
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 7

Show all 49 treatments patients report switching to

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148 patient evaluations for Tramadol

Jan 15, 2006 (Started Dec 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: The problem I have with Tremedol along with other pain medications is that there are health risks to taking them if you take them for prolonged periods of time. I'm felt I was too young to be taking a drug for an undetermined length of time because this drug could have damaged my liver. Blood tests have to be given when Tremedol is used in a high dose. I was not on a high dose but I really didn't want to chance it.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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