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 indicated 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 2,233 935
Fibromyalgia 1,306 561
Muscle pain 549 194
Back pain 58 24
Muscle and joint pain 55 26
Pain in lower back 55 38

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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 129
Moderate 247
Mild 451
None 699

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 82
Nausea 79
Drowsiness 76
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 51
Fatigue 43

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 99
50 mg three times daily 52
50 mg daily 50
50 mg twice daily 40
50 mg four times daily 39
100 mg daily 27
100 mg three times daily 27
100 mg twice daily 25
2 50mg as needed 25
200 mg daily 22

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 367
Side effects too severe 233
Doctor's advice 196
Other 153
Course of treatment ended 83
Personal research 32
Expense 23
Change in health plan coverage 20
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Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 24
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 154
5 - 10 years 161
10 years or more 84

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 171
1 - 6 months 235
6 months - 1 year 133
1 - 2 years 120
2 - 5 years 140
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 998
Usually 317
Sometimes 165
Never taken as prescribed 46
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 57
Somewhat hard to take 103
A little hard to take 188
Not at all hard to take 1178
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 64
< $25 818
Not specified 595

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 48
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 15
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 15
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 12
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 10

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Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 41
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 10
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 8
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 6

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147 patient evaluations for Tramadol

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AnnieOakley
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AnnieOakley
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F44y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 28, 2017 (Started Apr 25, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Kappy4
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Kappy4
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Dec 9, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Nov 21, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Nov 14, 2016 (Started May 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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hdno1
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hdno1
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: most
Description:F64y
FM:18y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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

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