Tramadol is a medication used as an analgesic to relieve pain. It is a synthetic opioid. However, it is unrelated to other opioids such as morphine and codeine. Tramadol was produced by Grünenthal GmbH.
Grünenthal GmbH is a German pharmaceutical company that licensed the drug to other companies as well. These companies have released the drug under various names including, Contramal, Lumidol, Siverol, Tiparol, Tradol, Tradolan, Tramacet, Tramacip, Tramal, Tramahexal, Tramedo, Ultram, and Zydol
Tramadol is taken either orally or as an injection. Although it is an opioid, it is only 10% as effective as morphine when given by injection. When prescribing tramadol, your doctor may prescribe a lower dosage at first. Tramadol may be taken every 4 to 6 hours. However, it is up to your doctor to let you know what amount of Tramadol is recommended for you.
Like any drug, Tramadol may have side effects. These side effects may include vomiting, nausea, and sweating. However, some side effects common among opioids are not as severe with Tramadol. Although drowsiness is seen in some Tramadol users it is less sever than other opioids. Also, respiratory depression is less of a problem with Tramadol.
The German pharmaceutical company that developed the drug argues that it is less habit forming than other opioids. However it can still be habit forming and there is no real evidence that it is less habit forming than other opioids.
It is wise to take this drug only as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more than what is prescribed or take the drug more often than what is prescribed. It is also a good idea not to suddenly stop taking the drug. This may cause you to experience side effects. If you experience any side effects that are sever or do not go away, inform your doctor.
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