Uses:Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. It also may be used
to treat pain caused by surgery and chronic conditions such as joint pain.
How To Take This Medication:
Tramadol hcl comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 4-6 hours as
needed. It may be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription
label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not
understand. Take tramodol exactly as directed.
Tramadol can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger
dose, take it more often, or for a longer period than your doctor tells you to.
Hcl Side Effects:
Although side effects from tramadol are not common, they can occur. Tell
your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- blurred vision
- upset stomach
Before taking tramadol,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to
tramodol, codeine, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and
nonprescription medications you are taking, especially other pain relievers; carbamazepine
(Tegretol); MAO inhibitors [phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate)]; medications
for depression; quinidine; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney
or liver disease, a history of seizures, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become
pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking tramdol, call your
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery,
tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking tramdol.
- you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do
not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
- remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused
by this drug.
Drug Interactions: Although
certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different
medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your
doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are
taking tramodol, it is especially important that your health care provider know if you are
taking any of the following:
- Carbamazepine (e.g., Tegretol)May decrease the
effects of tramadol by decreasing the amount of medicine in the body
- Central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines
that cause drowsiness)Using these medicines with tramadol may increase the chance of
serious side effects or increase the risk of convulsions (seizures)
- Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (furazolidone
[e.g., Furoxone], isocarboxazid [e.g., Marplan], phenelzine [e.g., Nardil], procarbazine
[e.g., Matulane], selegiline [e.g., Eldepryl], tranylcypromine [e.g., Parnate])The
chance of convulsions (seizures) may be increased
If you think that this medicine is not working as well after you have been
taking it for a few weeks, do not increase the dose. Instead, check with your medical
doctor or dentist.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for
the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take
a double dose to make up for a missed one.
To store this medicine:
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Store Tramadol tablets away from heat and direct light.
- Do not store tramdol tablets in the bathroom, near
the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to
- Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer
needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.