How effective is tramadol for pain relief?

How effective is tramadol for pain relief?

Tramadol belongs to the class of opioid analgesics. It is an effective synthetic (man-made) analgesic to relieve moderate to severe pain. Besides it also is an opioid and narcotic-like short term pain management technique. 100mg Tramadol, as compared to its class of other drugs, comes with less severe side-effects, hence prescribed worldwide to treat the pain where no other pain killer works. It is an around the clock pain management technique and used as-needed basis.

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Tramadol 100mg can act as an anti-depressant. It works by prolonging the action of neurotransmitters associated with your mood. Ultram can deal with pains like long-term cancer pain, pain originating after a surgery, acute back and muscle pain, arthritis and osteoarthritis pain, and other chronic pain.

Tramadol is the generic name and the popular brands, it comes in are ConZip, FusePaq Synapryn, Rybix, Ryzolt, and Ultram

100mg Tramadol can be habit-forming if administered for a longer period, hence the drug enforcement administration and FDA has classified Tramadol as a schedule IV controlled substance.

The other drugs which feature in schedule IV controlled substance are Valium (anxiety disorder, seizure, muscle spasm, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal), Xanax (anxiety disorder and panic attack), and Ambien (Sleeping Pill)

The way 100mg Tramadol works is similar to Morphine but its strength is one-tenth of Morphine’s potency.   

Is Tramadol pain medication good for all kinds of pain?

The immediate-release form of tramadol (Ultram) is the most popular and prescribed opioid pain killer in the world. Tramadol is prescribed for back pain, sciatica, and post-surgery pain after spine surgery. The maximum safe and recommended dose in adults is 400mg of the immediate-release tablets in a day.

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100mg Tramadol comes with relatively less severe side-effects as compared to other drugs of its class.

Some of Tramadol side-effects are:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Headache

Less common side effects include:

  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Dry Mouth
  • Vertigo

Serious side effects include:

  • Seizures
  • Serotonin syndrome
  • Symptoms such as muscle rigidity
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Slowed breathing
  • Life-threatening allergic skin reactions
  • Angioedema
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

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A few facts about Tramadol may be useful to discuss here.

  • Is Tramadol the same as NSAID?

Tramadol is an opioid agonist. It works by binding to the receptors (opioid) in the brain to provide pain relief. Some people mistakenly consider Tramadol as NSAID which it is not. Although Tramadol is not NSAID, NSAIDs may be prescribed combined with Tramadol to reduce its side effects. 100mg Tramadol offers different side-effects than that of NSAID.

  • Who cannot be prescribed for Tramadol?

Children below 18 years cannot be treated with Tramadol unless otherwise prescribed by a Doctor.

Breastfeeding mothers are not recommended to be treated with Tramadol

It is not recommended to be used during pregnancy

Tramadol not to be administered along with Alcohol

Ultram(Tramadol) Interactions with other drugs plays an important role before administering Tramadol

  • Tramadol doses and dosages

Tramadol DosagesTramadol comes in Immediate-release and extended-release forms. It also comes in Tablet, Capsule and in Injectable forms.

The Dosages are immediate-release tablets Tramadol 50mg. Extended-release Tablets Tramadol 100mg, 200mg, 300mg. Extended –release mechanism is used for patients with chronic pain who require long-term medication. At the first instant it can get up to 5 refills in 6 months. You need to get a new prescription to buy Ultram online refills or if 6 months are over.

Dosages are to be followed as per doctor’s prescription.

  • How to administer Tramadol

To be swallowed as is, not to be crushed or chewed or broken in the mouth. This may cause an overdose by faster metabolism and Tramadol reaching your bloodstream concentration peak quicker.

  • Tramadol Can Be Habit Forming

Ultram(Tramadol) if used for longer duration can cause addiction. You you feel that your dependency on the drug is increasing, you need to immediately consult your doctor.

  • Dangerous Drug Interactions Are Possible

Tramadol causes life-threatening interactions like breathing problems, sedation and coma. Please consider interactions with benzodiazepines, such as Ativan (lorazepam) and Klonopin (clonazepam), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as Nardil (phenelzine) and Parnate (tranylcypromine), all other medical supplements of past, present and future before administering Tramadol in any form.

  • Withdrawal Symptoms of Tramadol if stopped abruptly

Gradually reducing is recommended and never stop Tramadol abruptly because it may cause severe withdrawal symptoms.

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