What is Tramadol?
Tramadol is a commonly prescribed pain reliever. Your doctor may have prescribed this medication as part of your pain management regiment. A Tramadol prescription is used to treat moderate to severe pain. This medication may be prescribed for off label uses, ask your doctor for more information.
You should take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food. You should take this Tramadol prescription with a full glass of water. As this medication is taken on a need basis, there shouldn’t be any problem if you miss a dose, just remember to wait the directed amount of time before taking another dose. Never take a double dose of this medication. Healthy adults should take no more than 100mg of Tramadol every 4 to 6 hours. Adults over 75 years of age should take not more than 300mg in a day.
Talk to your doctor before taking any Tramadol prescription and have experience any of these conditions:
- If you ever had an allergic reaction to any narcotic pain reliever, such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), meperidine (Demerol), propoxyphene (Darvon), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (Percocet), any other medications or corn.
- Have a kidney, lung or liver disease
- Have a drug or alcohol addiction, past or present
- Have a central nervous system infection
- Have a history of seizures or epilepsy
- Have a head injury or metabolic disorder
- Have diabetes
- Are pregnant, plan to conceive or are breastfeeding
- Plan on having any type of surgery
- Take any psychiatric medications such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), haloperidol (Haldol), loxapine (Loxitane), mesoridazine (Serentil), perphenazine (Trilafon), thiodazine (Mellaril), thiothizene (Navane), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxentine (Paxil) sertraline (Zoloft) or citalopram (Celexa) bupropion (Wellbutrin), monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, including isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Eldepryl), and tranylcypromine (Parnate). There are numerous other medications that may interact with Tramadol so be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or over the counter medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins.
Like any prescription medication, there is a risk of side effects. They include, but are not limited to:
If you experience the following, seek immediate medical attention:
- An allergic reaction which may be difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in the face, lips, throat, or tongue
Less serious side effects include:
- Dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, headache or drowsiness
- Tremor, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
- Itching, sweating, or dry mouth
Important Reminders When Taking a Tramadol prescription:
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how this medication will affect you.
- Do not take more than the prescribed amount for this medication. It may be habit forming if taken for a long period of time or high doses.
- Do not abruptly stop taking this medication, as withdrawal symptoms can occur. Your doctor should gradually decrease your dosage.
- Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medication, including over the counter medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.