The most common form of Tramadol on the pharmaceutical market is Tramadol HCL. This is the hydrochloride salt Tramadol hydrochloride and is available in oral or injectable form. Tramadol HCL can be found under different names in different countries and if you tell the pharmacist or doctor that you are looking for Tramadol HCL he knows exactly what kind of medication you need. The injectable form of Tramadol HCL can be given as an intravenous or an intramuscular injection, while the oral form is some kind of pill.
Tramadol HCL in intravenous form is approximately 10% as potent as morphine and even though it belongs to the group of opioids it is not a controlled substance in many countries. In the United States Tramadol is available as a prescription drug and is often prescribed as a pain reliever for muscular injuries. Several versions of Tramadol come also combined with paracetamol/acetaminophen, another very commonly used over the counter pain reliever. And believe it or not, a few countries actually sell Tramadol HCL as an over the counter drug.
Important to know while taking Tramadol HCL or any other version of Tramadol is that the drug should not be shared with any person other then the prescription holder and that the recommended doses should not be taken any different than prescribed. Serious side effects can occur while overdosing on Tramadol HCL and even if the drug is not taken in excess amount, some side effects can still occur. Should you feel any of the side effects related to Tramadol HCL you need to contact your physician’s office immediately.
Less serious side effects of Tramadol can include dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, blurred vision, flushing or sleep problems. The more serious side effects of Tramadol HCL that occur rarely are seizures, red and blistering skin, shallow breathing and a weak pulse.
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