What is Tramadol?
Tramadol (Ultram) is a drug-like drug used to treat and manage pain. It works by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain by nerves. Two types of tramadol are used: fast acting and slow release. Fast-acting tramadol is often used for pain that lasts for a short time and will be effective within 30-60 minutes.
This is the type of tramadol that is most often used in hospitals and can be found either in the form of drops, injections, or tablets, or capsules. Slow-release Tramadol is used to treat chronic pain conditions, and it will usually work for 12 or 24 hours as it slowly releases into your body. This type of tramadol often comes in the form of tablets or capsules.
What is the treatment?
Tramadol is often used to treat severe pain, such as after an operation, or for long-term pain issues where other pain relief methods have failed or had no effect.
How do I know if Tramadol is right for me?
You should work with your doctor or another medical professional to find out if Tramadol (Ultram) is right for you. They will be able to discuss with you some risk factors, such as:
- Whether you are pregnant or nursing,
- If you have a mental health problem or are at risk of suicide,
- If you have a pre-existing condition that affects your breathing, such as asthma or sleep apnea
- If you have liver or kidney disease or have urinary problems,
- Or problems with your stomach, cheek bladder, thyroid, or pancreas.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Tramadol, your first step should be to consult the information sheet inside your Tramadol packaging. Alternatively, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what to do next.
You should not try to take 2 doses at a time to ‘make up’ for the same dose, which you forgot to take, as it will increase your risk of side effects or maybe an overdose. You may want to set an alarm on your phone or leave your medicine in a place where you can easily see it (out of reach of vulnerable adults or children) to help you remember.
What if I take too much?
If you take more than 1 dose, you should call your doctor right away, or go to the emergency unit at a nearby accident and hospital. Due to the nature of medicine, you should not drive yourself, and you should take someone else there.
What happens if I stop taking Tramadol?
If you want to stop taking Tramadol (Ultram), you should talk to your doctor first. This is because tramadol can cause unexplained withdrawal symptoms. You should stop taking it suddenly. These include anxiety, agitation, shivering, and sweating. Your doctor will work with you to create a plan that will gradually take you away from tramadol, thereby reducing your risk of developing symptoms.
Are there any noticeable side effects I should be aware of?
The most common side effects of the tramadol experience are feeling sick or dizzy. Some users may experience headaches, tired energy, or constipation. Tramadol can cause seizures, and if you take more than the dose recommended by a medical professional, your risk of having a seizure will increase. Seizures can also be experienced by people who are taking any opioid medication or are on certain types of antidepressants.
Because it is a drug, some users may experience confusion or delusion. If Tramadol should be taken incorrectly, or in combination with any risk factors such as alcoholism or some pre-existing medical conditions, it can cause difficulty breathing or death. For a complete list of side effects, it is recommended to read the information sheet attached to the medicine. Should you experience any serious side effects (such as difficulty fitting or severe breathing) or suffering from any type of allergy to tramadol, seek medical attention immediately?
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If you are suicidal or have a drug problem, it is not recommended that you take Tramadol. In addition, it should not be taken with depression, such as alcohol or any medication that may cause drowsiness, or slow your breathing, for example, a sedative or tranquilizer. Pregnant women and children under 12 are strongly advised not to take Tramadol and should work with a medical professional to find a painkiller for them.