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The Facts About Tramadol

Tramadol is used to treat pain. If you have any kind of pain, you should talk to your doctor about tramadol. Before you take this medication, there are some things that you should consider.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

If you miss a dose, you should take the dose as soon as you realize it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, you can skip the missed dose and take tramadol at the following regularly scheduled time. You should not take extra medication to make up for the missed dose.

What Should I Do If I Overdose?

You should go to the emergency room if you overdose or you can call your local Poison Control Center. An overdose on tramadol could be fatal. The symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, shallow breathing, extreme weakness, slow heartbeat, clammy or cold skin, a light-headed feeling, coma or fainting.

What Should I Avoid When Taking This Medication?

Stay away from alcohol when you take tramadol. Alcohol can cause a decrease in breathing when mixed with this medicine, and it is very dangerous. Cold or allergy medicines, sleeping pills, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxers, medicine for seizures, anxiety or depression may increase sleepiness when taken with tramadol. If you use these medicines, you should tell your doctor. Tramadol can impair your thinking and reactions, so be careful when you drive or do anything that requires that you be awake and alert.

What Are The Side Effects For Tramadol?

You should get emergency medical help if you have an allergic reaction to the medication such as trouble breathing, swelling of your lips, tongue, face or throat. Stop using the medication and call your physician if you experience serious side effects like seizures or convulsions, a red, blistering or peeling skin rash, shallow breathing, or a weak pulse.

Less Serious Side Effects

Less serious side effects that may occur include dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, blurred vision, flushing, redness, warmth, a tingly feeling or sleep problems like insomnia. This list of side effects is not complete and you may experience other problems.

If you experience any side effect that is serious, bothersome or unusual, you should tell your doctor. You can report the side effects to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. If you experience bothersome side effects, your doctor may be able to adjust your dose.