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    What is Tramadol used for?

    Tramadol is a noncontrolled pain reliever used to treat moderate-to-severe pain. Some patients find it more effective than the closely related NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen. This drug is also available as an extended-release tablet, which is used to treat moderate-to-severe pain in individuals who require around-the-clock treatment. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Tramadol?

    The dosage of Tramadol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Tramadol can be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Tramadol?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tramadol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Tramadol?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tramadol, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Tramadol?

    • Amitriptyline
    • Clomipramine
    • Desipramine
    • Isocarboxazid
    • Phenelzine
    • Tranylcypromine

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Tramadol.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tramadol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Tramadol can interact with antidepressants.

    Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

    What are the side effects of Tramadol?

    Like other medicines, Tramadol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tramadol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tramadol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tramadol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Tramadol can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tramadol.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tramadol?

    Is it possible for me to take Tramadol with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tramadol?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Tramadol?
    How will Tramadol work in my body?
    How should Tramadol be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Tramadol drug interactions and side effects?


    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tramadol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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