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What You Need To Know Before You Take Tramadol

Keep in mind that you should take tramadol as it was prescribed to you. If you take more than you were told to take, you may develop a dependency on the medication. You should not stop taking tramadol unless your doctor told you to do so. If you stop taking the medication suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor can lower your dose of tramadol gradually, if you want to stop taking it.

Possible Drug Interactions

Inform your doctor if you take any kind of medicine or drug. For instance, carbamazepine decreases the effect of tramadol. Quinidine raises the concentration of  this medication by 50 to 60 percent. Combining tramadol witih a MAO (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) or SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can cause seizures or other dangerous side effects.

In addition, if tramadol is combined with certain substances, it can increase respiratory and central nervous system depression. To put it simply, your breathing may stop or be affected if you take alcohol, anesthetics, narcotic drugs, tranquilizers or sedatives while you take tramadol. You should not take this medication if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to become pregnant.

Side Effects For Tramadol

Usually, tramadol is well-tolerated and the side effects are temporary in most cases. Some of the common side effects that have been reported include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and vomiting. Less common side effects include sweating, rash, diarrhea, dry mouth and vertigo. Some patients have experienced seizures after they took tramadol. Keep in mind that an extended release tablet may cause the tablet shell to pass through your stools. This is completely normal, and it doesn't mean that you are not getting enough of the medication into your body.

Treating Osteoarthritis With Tramadol

Research shows that when tramadol is taken for 3 months or so, pain may be decreased, and there may be improvements in stiffness, function and overall well-being. However, tramadol may cause side effects that may require individuals to stop taking it.

Overdose On Tramadol

Symptoms of overdose on tramadol includes decreased pupil size, trouble breathing or staying awake, unconsciousness, heart attack, coma or seizures. Call 911 or your local poison control center if you think you took too much and you are not sure what you should do.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Tramadol can be habit-forming. Do not change your dose without talking to a doctor. If you stop using it suddenly, you could experience serious side effects or  withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, sweating, diarrhea, chills, tremors, trouble sleeping, hallucinations or breathing problems. Your doctor can lower your dose slowly, if you want to stop taking tramadol.