Tramadol is a medication which is prescribed for people with moderate to severe pain. Tramadol can be prescribed to be taken regularly or else it can be taken only when pain relief is required. This medication is a strong opioid. Tramadol works to reduce the feeling of pain by working on the brain as well as the nervous system.
There are different kinds of Tramadol and these either are used for quick pain relief or others work slower and take a long time including probably hours to provide relief. The latter kind is called modified release.
Take right dosage of Tramadol based on the severity of the pain
If the adult has mild or even moderate, chronic, severe pain and does not require rapid analgesic effects of the medication, 25 mg every morning should suffice as an initial dose. Then 25 mg increments can be made every 3 days till 100 mg per day is reached. This means that 25 mg is taken 4 times a day. The Tramadol dosage can still be increased by 50 mg every 3 days till 200 mg is reached a day and after this, the drug can be administered every 4 hours – 6 hours but 400 mg per day cannot be exceeded.
If it is Tramadol extended release pill, then 100 mg daily once a day can be taken and it can be increased by 100 mg after 5 days based on the tolerance levels the person has to the drug. At the most, 300 mg per day can be administered.
For those people who require immediate analgesic effects,100 mg of Tramadol can be taken every 4 to 6 hours but the total dosage per day should not exceed 400 mg.
For those who are geriatric patients, the Tramadol dosage should be lower as there are more chances of decreased liver, kidney and other functions.
Follow this precautions when taking Tramadol
Tramadol though it is used for pain relief can be habit forming and this, when misused can cause addiction or even overdosage or death. Therefore, Tramadol needs to be taken with proper caution.
Tramadol should not be taken for a longer period than what is prescribed or in larger quantities than prescribed.
When tramadol is crushed and inhaled or diluted and injected, it can cause side-effects, over dosage and even death at times. The same goes for people who crush or even break or even open the extended release pills. This can even cause fatal consequences.
Tramadol can be taken for all kinds of pains but it should not be taken when alcohol, sedatives or even tranquilizers have been consumed few hours in the past. When Tramadol and alcohol are combined, the side effects caused can be dangerous.
Tramadol should never be taken when you are pregnant as the newborn may face withdrawal symptoms which are life threatening. Tramadol should not be taken by nursing mothers as well as those who are intending to get pregnant in the near future.