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When patients suffering from moderate pain approach doctors, Tramadol is the most common medication. Tramadol tablets are a kind of analgesic that relieves moderate to severely moderate pain. It is a synthetic opioid and inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine thus giving relief from pain. Often it is combined with paracetamol to improve its efficacy in pain relief. It is sold by the popular brand name Ultram among others.
How it works
Tramadol is an analgesic that is narcotic-like synthetic medication. It acts quite similar to morphine but only has around 10% of its potency. It works to bind the opioid receptors which reduce the body’s capacity to sense pain. Arthritic pain is commonly relieved by using it. It has been approved by U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Federal Controlled Substances Act has placed it in Schedule IV. Similar Schedule IV drugs are Zolpidem (Ambien), Xanax and others.
The class of drugs that Tramadol belongs to is known as opiate agonists. This classification is owing to its action of binding to opioid receptors in the brain to relieve pain. There is a belief among many people that it is a Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug which is false.
Tramadol is available in both immediate releases as well as extended release formulations. The immediate release is of 50 mg potency whereas extended -release is in the potencies of 100mg, 200mg, and 300mg.Patients suffering from chronic pain like arthritis are prescribed extended release tablets. Extended release is a long term treatment. Precaution needs to be taken while using extended release tablet in a way that it should be taken as the whole. Splitting, crushing or chewing may cause excessive release of the drug.
Benefits and Uses
The most common use is for treating osteoarthritis. It is a long term medication for chronic sufferers. It may be prescribed for a year or little more depending on the condition of the patient. Tramadol is only a painkiller and gives relief from the pain suffered due to osteoarthritis. It does not in any way treat arthritis and cannot be used for this purpose. Extensive research is being conducted to ascertain its benefits. It has shown promising results in the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, and post traumatic disorders. It may be used as antidepressants too. Tramadol Tablets start taking effect and gives relief within one hour from the time it is taken. The duration of relief is between 3 to 6 hours.
Precautions and side effects
It has been found to be become a habit in some people. Remember that it should be taken only up to the prescribed quantity and no more. Taking more is the main cause of dependency. Tramadol must be stopped gradually under the supervision and guidance of Doctor. Stopping it suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. You must tell your Doctor if you are taking any other medicines as it has interactions with certain drugs which can cause complications. Some of the interactions are – Quinidine increases the concentration of Tramadol by up to 50-60 percent. If you are taking SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) then taking Tramadol along with them may cause seizures. The same is applicable to MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) too.
You can be greatly relieved of pain by using Tramadol tablets. It is important to follow the Doctor’s guidance strictly and share all your medicinal intake before the doctor prescribes it. When used under the supervision of Doctor the temporary side effects will subside once the medication is stopped after being relieved of pain. To get your Tramadol delivered, Contact us!