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What is Tramadol?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Lucy, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Lucy

    Lucy Member

    This is a stupid question...but what is tramadol? Thanks.
  2. Charles P.

    Charles P. Community Advocate

    Lucy, did you ever get your question answered?
  3. Determined2014

    Determined2014 Senior Contributor

    I would say that it is a pain killer, in the lower opiate group that could become addictive to one with time.
  4. Charles P.

    Charles P. Community Advocate

    Lucy, I am sorry that I took so long to respond to your question. Tramadol, or Ultram, is becoming more popular as more and more doctors are starting to prescribe it to their patients. Please do not listen to anyone that says that it is non-addictive. That is just not true. I am an addiction counselor, and I have personally worked with clients that started taking Tramadol because they were told that it was non-addictive. Anyhow, I wanted to share a web-site with you, if you ever have any other questions about any other substances.

    I hope that this helps.


    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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  5. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    It is true that a lot of doctors and healthcare professionals will tell you that Tramadol is completely non-addictive, and far too many people are finding out the lie behind such statements. For many users, Tramadol can be just as addictive as more powerful prescription drugs. I think it's a little reckless and negligent of healthcare professionals to suggest that ANY drug is non-addictive.
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  6. Charles P.

    Charles P. Community Advocate

    I agree, as I am drinking my daily Diet Coke. (not just drugs)
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  7. ally79

    ally79 Member

    I didn't realize that Tramadol was considered addictive. My husband took it for years until it quit working. Tramadol basically works the same as an NSAID like Tylenol with a little extra kick.
  8. Davienna

    Davienna Community Champion

    I am learning so much here, I had no idea what Tramadol was and didn't even know it existed but curiosity brought me here. I will try my best to stay away from this, in the event that it is recommended by a doctor I can tell him/her to recommend something else.
  9. ally79

    ally79 Member

    The thing to remember is that all of these drugs have legitimate uses, but some of them are addictive, especially for people who are already prone to addiction. I just found out today that virtually no one can write a prescription for any kind of pain medication anymore. My husband is being referred to a pain management clinic until he can meet with a specialist about his hands.
  10. Nate5

    Nate5 Active Contributor

    Thanks for the information! I didn't realize that there are legal drugs of this kind that can be addictive. From what I've researched, it does indeed seem like Tramadol can be dangerous, and can be just as addictive as other drugs. I'm glad you brought this to my attention, and I've learned something new today.
  11. Tramadol is a pain reliever used to deal with acute to severe pain. It is narcotic analgesics medicine.
  12. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Well what happens is the pharmaceutical reps are told one thing and they pass that along to the doctors. The doctors trust them and then they say what they are fed to the patient. Not so smart on their part with out doing the research.
    OK THE PART THAT GETS ME IS WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT BLOCKAGE IN THE INTESTINES OR STOMACH;;; THIS IS A BIG ONE--- the majority have this and they don't know it and it is caused by an ingredient that is the staple of the american diet. GLUTEN

    The side effects of this tramadol; (from the drug company)
    narcotic/pain reliever
    Seizures (convulsions) have occurred in some people taking this medicine. Tramadol may be more likely to cause a seizure if you have a history of seizures or head injury, a metabolic disorder, or if you are taking certain medications. such as antidepressants, muscle relaxers, narcotic, or medicine for nausea and vomiting
    Tramadol may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Never share the medicine with another person. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATION CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Tramadol may cause life-threatening addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
    Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with tramadol.
    Do not crush the tramadol tablet. This medicine is for oral (by mouth)
    You should not take tramadol if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
    • severe asthma or breathing problems;
    • a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
    • if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications.
    Seizures have occurred in some people taking tramadol. Talk with your doctor about your seizurerisk[​IMG], which may be higher if you have:
    • a history of head injury, epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
    • a history of drug or alcohol addiction;
    • a metabolic disorder; or
    • if you are also using certain medicines to treat migraine headaches, muscle spasms, depression, mental illness, or nausea and vomiting.
    To make sure tramadol is safe[​IMG] for you, tell your doctor if you have:

    • liver or kidney disease;

    • a stomach disorder; or

    • a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, mental illness, or suicide attempt.
    Tramadol is more likely to cause breathing problems in older adults and people who are severely ill, malnourished, or otherwise debilitated.

    Tramadol may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for.
  13. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I guess I'm still in the dark when it comes to prescription drugs. I have never heard of Tramadol either. I guess i should because it seems a lot of people i know are always talking about painkillers and other types of prescribed drugs. It seems their like a candy bar and soda. People now days eat pills while they drink.
  14. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Tramadol is a very useful painkiller but has huge potential for abuse due to its narcotic effects. I think many people become dependent on it as they are given these tablets to mask pain and nothing is being done to address the underlying causes.
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  15. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I agree, when it comes to painkillers people become dependent on them. Instead of trying to correct the the problem that is causing their pain. It's just really easy to take a pill, and zone out. I suppose some people maybe afraid of surgery or they don't have insurance to cover it.
  16. petesede

    petesede Active Contributor

    All doctors know Tramadol is addictive, I think the confusion is that it is less addictive than some other pain killers and is generally prescribed only for short-term pain relief, which gives it even less chance of causing an addiction problem. If pain persists longer than a typical prescription of Tramadol, then the patient needs other care for the injury because the treatment that should have alleviated the pain did not work.
  17. catherine_sky

    catherine_sky Member

    I had never heard of this drug.......until I had an operation! I was the prescribed this and I can honestly say it was brilliant. It worked fantastically as a pain killer to quite a cutting pain and it did offer quite a content floaty feeling. From this feeling I can see how this becomes addictive, most definitely. If I could of gotten this repeatedly prescribed then I think I would of taken this happily. This just shows you....actually quite a lot!
  18. morganmar33

    morganmar33 Member

    Tramadol can produce mild euphoria for some people. It can also cause horrible withdrawal symptoms. Anything that makes you feel good when you take it and miserable when you don't has the potential for addiction. Maybe the doctors feel it is less addictive because not everyone experiences the euphoric feeling. Those who don't obviously won't exhibit the drug seeking tendencies that people who are addicted to opiates show. This may make the doctors feel it is safer to prescribe.
  19. kevinmclain2

    kevinmclain2 Member

    I am 45 years old and I took ultram for years. The withdrawal was horrible. I have been completelt sober for over 5 years. Then I relapsed multiple times and each time the withdrawal was relentless. That is until a friend of mine turned me on to withdrawal ease. This is a miracle drug as far as I am concerned. Its not a narcotic but it conteracts the tramadol. No more sweats. No more joint paid, stomach problems or anything else that accompanies ultram withdrawal. I included the link.
  20. GettingBetter

    GettingBetter Senior Contributor

    As I understand, Tramadol has tylenol in it and works more as a pain reliever than an anti-inflammatory (as someone posted it's like an NSAID, which is a different class of pain relievers that reduce inflammation in the body). I know it is legal in many countries outside of the USA and I hear the most stories of addiction to this from European countries. It does seem like a safer opiate-based medication than some of the other options out there. I really hope I don't need this type of pain med for a medical procedure though, because any opiate-based medication can get a person in trouble.