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A Guide To Using Tramadol
If you are suffering from pain, you can talk to your doctor about taking tramadol. It may reduce your pain and your emotional responses to pain. There are some things you should know if you are planning to take tramadol.
What You Should Know Before You Take Tramadol
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, dyes, additives or foods. Tell him if you have any medical problems and conditions like liver disease, kidney disease, low thyroid function, or Addison's disease- which is low adrenal function. These health problems may require that your dose of tramadol be adjusted.
If you have pain in your abdomen or any kind of disorder that involves blocked or slowed intestines, like paralytic ileus, tramadol can make the problem worse. If you have difficulty passing urine, a narrow urethra, or an enlarged prostate, tramadol can make it more difficult for you to urinate.
Tramadol can increase the risk of seizures, so talk to your doctor if you have had a seizure in the past, a head injury, or problems with infection, pressure or a tumor in your brain or head. In addition, tramadol can make your blood pressure worse if you have low blood pressure. If you have chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, asthma, emphysema, or some kind of breathing problem, tramadol can make it worse.
Please note that if you have taken MOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) in the past 2 weeks, taking tramadol can lead to a coma, shallow or slow breathing, low blood pressure, seizures, excitability or shock. Tramadol can cause major side effects when taken with certain drugs like medication for mental, emotional illnesses or depression.
If you drink any kind of alcohol or take a medicine that affects the nervous system or brain, the side effects for tramadol may get worse. Do not drink alcohol when you are taking kind of medication. If you are depressed or you have a history of suicidal thoughts or actions, you should not take tramadol.
If you take prescription or nonprescription medications, over-the-counter pills, vitamins, supplements or herbal pills, you should tell your doctor and keep a list of what you take and the doses in case you become ill or have an emergency.
If you are concerned about the side effects and risks for taking tramadol, you should consult with your doctor. Your doctor will help you determine if tramadol is the right medication for you. Your doctor may be able to start you off with a low dose. Otherwise, there may be a different medication that will work better for you.
Make sure you are completely honest with your doctor about any medicines that you take and medical conditions that you have.