Tramadol is a painkiller which is the generic version of Ultram. It is a synthetic, analgesic medication that has similar effects of morphine but only about 1/10 of morphine’s potency. It reduces the body’s ability to feel pain because it binds with the opioid receptors. Thus, it is commonly prescribed to those who have arthritis. There are 4 things you should know before you purchase tramadol to ensure it is appropriate and safe for you to use.
- Avoid Splitting, Chewing or Crushing Tramadol Tablets. Tramadol tablet must be swallowed as a whole. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the drug to be released at on time. It is important to take Tramadol as how your doctor has prescribed you. Improper intake of Tramadol can lead to serious side effects which may include death.
- Prone to Drug Dependency. It is important to note how often and how much Tramadol you should intake as prescribed by your doctor because taking more can often lead to dependency. Similarly, you should consult your doctor before stopping because you might experience withdrawal from stopping suddenly.
- Highly Dangerous when combined with Recreational Substances. Taking Tramadol while using recreational substances or other non-prescribed substances such as alcohol, narcotics, or tranquilizers may affect your breathing or cause a respirational distress. It can even cause breathing to stop.
- Dangerous for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women. Since Tramadol carry high risks of intake, including respiratory distress and even death, it was believed to carry greater risks if allowed for children younger than 18 years of age. It is also discouraged for breastfeeding mothers because it may possibly harm their infant. Moreover, Tramadol should not be used during pregnancy as its safety, both for the mother and the baby, has not been established.
Tramadol overdose includes symptoms of decrease pupil size, slowed or trouble with breathing, difficulty staying awake, heart attack, unconsciousness, coma or seizure. If anyone you know is experiencing any one of the mentioned symptom who has been taking Tramadol immediately call for help.