Clinical tests show that some of the side effects associated with Tramadol include: nausea, dizziness, constipation, vomiting, drowsiness and headache. Other less common side effects include: sweating, rash, vertigo, itching and diarrhea. Anxiety, electrical shock sensation and buzzing have also been observed with Tramadol. Seizures and convulsions were experienced especially on those patients who had a history of head injury, seizures, metabolic disorders and those who were taking certain medicines( such as narcotics, antidepressants, muscle relaxers or medicines for vomiting and nausea) at the time of administration of Tramadol. The risk of experiencing fatal serotonin toxicity is normally increased when taken with SSRIs.
About Tramadol: Tramadol is a central acting and synthetic opoid analgesic medication. Its trade names include Ultram and Tramal. It is believed to work the same as morphine though its exact action mode is unknown. It is primarily used for treating either moderate or severe chronic pain. Tramadol works primarily by altering the way the human body senses pain. Since it has weak agonist actions at its opioid receptor, it releases serotonin. This also causes the inhibition of norepinephrine.
The Most Common Uses Of Tramadol: Tramadol is used for the treatment of moderate and severe pain. It is also used as an ingredient in creams, multi-agent topical gels, rectal foams, and nerve pain solutions. Its investigational uses include premature ejaculation, diabetic neuropathy, antidepressant withdrawal aid, post herpetic neuralgia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Some Precautions To Follow While Under Tramadol Treatment: Avoid taking an overdose of Tramadol or more than the prescribed amount since this often leads to dependency. Do not take it while intoxicated or drunk. If you are allergic to it, have a history of drug addiction or have ever attempted to commit suicide, then don’t use Tramadol. You should also avoid it if you are taking narcotic pain medicine, street drugs, sedatives, depression medicines and mental illness medicines. Inform your doctor if you have conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, and stomach disorders or a history of depression. If you are expectant or planning to get pregnant, while taking Tramadol, it is important to inform your doctor since Tramadol may cause fatal or serious side effects if you use it. Though the effect of Tramadol on unborn babies is not known definitively, it can pass into the breast milk thus harming the nursing baby. Persons younger than 16 years of age should not be administered Tramadol.
How To Take Tramadol: Tramadol has a mildly bitter characteristic and an unpleasant taste. Tramadol usually comes in several forms such as capsules, tablets, suppositories, effervescent powders, sterile solution ampoules and powders for compounding. The maximum Tramadol daily dosage for oral use is 400mg and 600 mg for parental use. For a Tramadol over dose, call the poison control center in your locality.
You can take Tramadol with or without food. Avoid chewing, crushing or breaking the Tramadol tablet. In case Tramadol seems to stop relieving pain or stops working, inform your doctor immediately. Always keep the Tramadol tablet in its usual blister pack. Keep Tramadol tablets in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.