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How to take Tramadol pain killer

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever that belongs to the class of drugs known as opiate agonists. The drug works mainly by changing the way our bodies sense pain and has a mode of action similar to that of morphine. Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain, particularly when treatment is required around the clock. Here is what you should know about using tramadol.

Before you take Tramadol

Tramadol should not be taken during pregnancy. The medicine has been shown to affect the development of a baby in the womb in some way, depending on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached and when you take the medicine. Talk with your doctor to discuss your personal circumstances and other available treatment options if you are pregnant or want to become pregnant.

Also, do not take tramadol if you are allergic to the drug, have ever attempted suicide or have ever been addicted to alcohol/drugs. It is also very important that you don’t take tramadol while you are intoxicated (drunk) or taking narcotic pain medicine, tranquilizers like Valium, anti-depressants or medicine for mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Serious seizures have occurred in some people for taking tramadol while intoxicated. Talk with your GP about your seizure risk before you begin treatment.

Beginning treatment

Read the manufacturer’s directions on the printed information leaflet and take the drug exactly as directed by your doctor. Never take more than your prescribed dose or share the drug with someone else, especially someone with a history of drug addiction or abuse. Tramadol may be habit forming and can lead to mental or physical dependency.

If you have been prescribed oral drops or soluble tablets, dissolve them in a small glass and then take as directed. If you have been prescribed modified-release capsules and tablets that release tramadol slowly over time to give a more prolonged, even effect, swallow whole without breaking or chewing as directed by your doctor. This way the tablets do not release tramadol too quickly and cause side-effects.

Bottom line

Always take tramadol exactly as prescribed by a qualified doctor. Never take more than the prescribed dose and keep the medicine out of the sight and reach of children. If you suspect you or someone else has taken an overdose of the medicine or experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine, rush to your local hospital’s accident and emergency department at once. Your doctor will begin necessary treatment to correct the problem.

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