Tramadol
DESCRIPTION

Tramadol is an analgesic medication. It can be found in quantities of 50mg, 100mg, 150mg, 200mg, and 300mg.

How It Works

Unlike many other pain relievers, Tramadol is largely involved in the chemical reactions in the brain. It has also has two different purposes here. First, it is to with the actual perception of pain. Pain is a sensation that is experienced when the brain receives rapid signals from a particular part of the body. What Tramadol does is to block the transmission of these messages to a certain extent. Therefore, the patient is less likely to perceive discomfort or pain. The second function involves the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is associated with pain relief. Tramadol ensures that there is a greater level of norepinephrine present.

Uses

Tramadol is used as a pain reliever. It can be used to dissipate pain that is either moderate or severe in nature.

Dosage

Tramadol has been classified as an opiate and as such requires a medical prescription. Due to the potency as well as the probability of tolerance, you should follow a doctor’s directions very carefully. You should only take the amount of Tramadol that you have been directed. If you feel as though Tramadol is not having the same effect as before, you should inform your physician immediately. Do not attempt to increase the dose by yourself.

Tramadol should only be taken by those who are above seventeen years of age.

The amount of Tramadol can vary from 50mg to 100mg. This can be taken every four or six hours, depending on the level of pain.

Patients should not consume more than 400mg of Tramadol a day.

Side Effects

Along with the analgesic effects of Tramadol, you may find certain other issues presenting themselves. These can include but are not limited to:

 Discomfort in the stomach
 Tense mood
 Distress
 Constipation
 Cough
 Poor moods
 Lightheadedness
 Loose bowel movements
 Increase in skin temperature
 Feeling cold
 Fever
 Heartburn
 Headache
 Joint pain
 Lowered interest in food or pleasure
 Itchy skin
 Reduced strength
 Muscle pain
 Symptoms of cold
 Nausea

These problems may appear in the initial stages of treatment but may soon go away. If the issues persist, you should relay your problems to a doctor.

Precautions

With Tramadol, do not take if:

 You are allergic
 You are pregnant
 Have asthma or difficulties with breathing
 Blockage of the intestine or stomach
 Have recently drunk alcohol or taken tranquilizers, sedatives, or narcotics
 You should not drink alcohol while taking Tramadol.
 You should not crush the Tramadol tablets. You should also not consume or inhale the powder or residue of Tramadol.

You should tell your physician if these are things that are related to you in any way:

 Previously had a head injury
 Seizure disorder such as epilepsy
 Metabolic issues
 Currently taking a different sedative
 Kidney or liver disorders
 Mental health problems
 Taking drugs for mental disorders, migraines, infections, Parkinson’s or nausea treatment
 History of dependence on either drugs or alcohol

Self-Care

Tramadol is not safe for expectant mothers. Taking Tramadol while you are pregnant could cause your baby to become dependent on Tramadol and require withdrawal treatment once born.
Tramadol can pass through breast milk and should not be taken by mothers who are breastfeeding.

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