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 2,323 994
Fibromyalgia 1,368 609
Muscle pain 581 235
Back pain 57 24
Pain in lower back 55 58

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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
130
Moderate
255
Mild
460
None
772

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tramadol

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 79
Nausea 77
Dry mouth 57
Dizziness 49
Fatigue 44

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Tramadol

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 119
50 mg daily 51
50 mg three times daily 48
50 mg twice daily 35
50 mg four times daily 30
100 mg daily 27
100 mg three times daily 27
2 50mg as needed 23
100 mg twice daily 21
300 mg daily 18

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Why patients stopped taking Tramadol

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 386
Side effects too severe 232
Doctor's advice 210
Other 166
Course of treatment ended 91
Personal research 32
Change in health plan coverage 24
Expense 23
See all 898 patients who've stopped taking Tramadol

Duration

Currently taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 67
2 - 5 years 164
5 - 10 years 166
10 years or more 91

Stopped taking Tramadol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 199
1 - 6 months 226
6 months - 1 year 135
1 - 2 years 125
2 - 5 years 151
5 - 10 years 65
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1065
Usually 332
Sometimes 170
Never taken as prescribed 50
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 1262
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 16
$50-99 22
$25-49 66
< $25 869
Not specified 633

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tramadol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 58
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 18
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 16
Ibuprofen Prescription (Motrin Prescription) 14
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 14

Show all 56 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tramadol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 45
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

Oct 7, 2017 (Started Oct 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (speedy feeling, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I just can't take pain meds. It's worse being sick to your stomach, when your in pain, and when I take it, I feel like I drank 2 pots of coffee. I'm zooming around cleaning and organizing, when I should be resting, because I'm in pain. It lessens the pain just enough , so I can do stuff, when it when wears off, the original pain comes back, and adds on the pain from what I was doing while on it. Grrrr

  • 0 helpful marks

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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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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