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Tramadol

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Tramadol 50mg Tab
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
Pill Identification: 93,TV  |  58
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Tramadol 100mg ER Tab
Par Pharm
Pill Identification: PAR 821 
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Tramadol 300mg ER Tablet
Par Pharm
Pill Identification: PAR 823 
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Tramadol 50mg Tab
Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
Pill Identification: AN 627 
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Tramadol 50mg Tab
Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC
Pill Identification: AN 627 
Overview Information on Tramadol
Pharmacist Tip
Tramadol may cause constipation. Drink plenty of fluids while you're taking it to help avoid or lessen this side effect.     
Tramadol is an analgesic medicine more commonly called a "pain pill." Your doctor may have given you tramadol to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

Although it is not completely understood how tramadol works to relieve pain, it is thought that it increases certain chemicals and changes the way the body feels pain.

Tramadol is the generic name for a number of brand-name products, including ConZip, Ryzolt®, and Ultram®.

Tramadol comes as capsules, tablets, and extended-release tablets. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for taking tramadol. If your doctor has prescribed tramadol extended-release tablets, swallow them whole. Never break, crush, or chew tramadol, because this can cause too much medicine to be released into your body at once. Your doctor may advise that you always take tramadol either with or without food. Be consistent and follow your doctor's recommendations as to when and how to take tramadol.

Before taking tramadol, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to tramadol or any pain medicine. Discuss with your doctor any health conditions you have or have had in the past. Your doctor will want to know if you have:
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Breathing or lung problems
  • An infection
  • Depression or other mental illness
  • Stomach problems, including ulcers
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • A history of head injury or seizures
  • A history of drug or alcohol abuse
Tramadol is habit-forming. Take it only as directed. Taking more tramadol than your doctor allows, for even in one day, can result in respiratory depression or seizure. Never take more tramadol than what your doctor instructs you to.

If you are still having pain, let your doctor know so that he or she can adjust your dosage. Do not double up or skip dosages.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you plan to become pregnant while taking tramadol. If you become pregnant while taking tramadol, notify your doctor right away.

Talk with your doctor about other medicines you may be taking, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements. Some may have dangerous reactions with tramadol. You should also not mix tramadol with "street drugs" or drink alcohol while taking tramadol.

Tramadol may cause side effects, including feeling nervous, anxious, agitated, other changes in mood, and hallucinations. Talk with your doctor if you experience these side effects.

Other common side effects of tramadol include:
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Mild itching
  • Chills
  • Increased sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
This is not a complete list. Tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms you experience while taking tramadol. Also, if any side effect becomes worse, won't go away, or worries you, contact your doctor.

Some side effects may be more serious and require immediate medical care. Seek help right away, or call 911 if an emergency, if you notice signs such as these while taking tramadol:
  • Signs of allergic reaction: itching or hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, throat, or hands; chest pain or tightness; or trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Extreme skin reaction: redness, peeling, or severe rash
  • Extreme light-headedness or fainting
  • Severe sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
Report these or other alarming symptoms right away to a medical professional.

Never share tramadol with others, even if they tell you they have the same pain symptoms as you. Doing so is dangerous and could result in death. It is illegal to share prescription medicines with others, including tramadol.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Tramadol is an analgesic medicine more commonly called a "pain pill." Your doctor may have given you tramadol to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

Although it is not completely understood how tramadol works to relieve pain, it is thought that it increases certain chemicals and changes the way the body feels pain.

Tramadol is the generic name for a number of brand-name products, including ConZip, Ryzolt®, and Ultram®.

Tramadol comes as capsules, tablets, and extended-release tablets. Carefully follow your doctor's directions for taking tramadol. If your doctor has prescribed tramadol extended-release tablets, swallow them whole. Never break, crush, or chew tramadol, because this can cause too much medicine to be released into your body at once. Your doctor may advise that you always take tramadol either with or without food. Be consistent and follow your doctor's recommendations as to when and how to take tramadol.

Before taking tramadol, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to tramadol or any pain medicine. Discuss with your doctor any health conditions you have or have had in the past. Your doctor will want to know if you have:
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Breathing or lung problems
  • An infection
  • Depression or other mental illness
  • Stomach problems, including ulcers
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • A history of head injury or seizures
  • A history of drug or alcohol abuse
Tramadol is habit-forming. Take it only as directed. Taking more tramadol than your doctor allows, for even in one day, can result in respiratory depression or seizure. Never take more tramadol than what your doctor instructs you to.

If you are still having pain, let your doctor know so that he or she can adjust your dosage. Do not double up or skip dosages.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you plan to become pregnant while taking tramadol. If you become pregnant while taking tramadol, notify your doctor right away.

Talk with your doctor about other medicines you may be taking, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements. Some may have dangerous reactions with tramadol. You should also not mix tramadol with "street drugs" or drink alcohol while taking tramadol.

Tramadol may cause side effects, including feeling nervous, anxious, agitated, other changes in mood, and hallucinations. Talk with your doctor if you experience these side effects.

Other common side effects of tramadol include:
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nervousness
  • Mild itching
  • Chills
  • Increased sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
This is not a complete list. Tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms you experience while taking tramadol. Also, if any side effect becomes worse, won't go away, or worries you, contact your doctor.

Some side effects may be more serious and require immediate medical care. Seek help right away, or call 911 if an emergency, if you notice signs such as these while taking tramadol:
  • Signs of allergic reaction: itching or hives; swelling or tingling in the face, lips, mouth, throat, or hands; chest pain or tightness; or trouble breathing or swallowing
  • Extreme skin reaction: redness, peeling, or severe rash
  • Extreme light-headedness or fainting
  • Severe sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
Report these or other alarming symptoms right away to a medical professional.

Never share tramadol with others, even if they tell you they have the same pain symptoms as you. Doing so is dangerous and could result in death. It is illegal to share prescription medicines with others, including tramadol.


Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013

CVS Patient Statistics for Tramadol
Usage by Age
0.81%
under20_base
15.89%
20to40_base
42.74%
40to60_base
40.56%
over60_base
Most Commonly Used By CVS Patients
Usage by Gender
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64.58%
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male_fill_graph
35.42%
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