Tramadol is a pain medication which is used for treating moderate and severe pain. It is also used for other medical conditions or as a part of other treatments. One of the important advices that your doctor would give you while taking Tramadol is to stick to the dose. It is not safe to alter the dose as you wish. The drug is easily found in many Canadian drug store sites. It is easy to get drugs and use them as you wish especially when the pain is not controlled with the dose that your doctor mentioned. It is important to take the pill as per the specified dosage due to its potential of abuse and addiction. Discussed below are the few consequences of not taking tramadol in the right dosage.
Consequences of not taking tramadol in the right dosage
This drug is a kind of sedative drug and it is similar to narcotic drugs. If you change the dose without any consideration, it can slow or sometimes stop your breathing. This happens when you increase the dose or take it for longer than what was prescribed.
One of the main disadvantages of Tramadol is addiction. It can become a habit if you do not follow the direction in terms of dose and length of course. Addiction may lead to overdose which can at times lead to death.
The dose prescribed by your doctor is determined by taking into account a lot of criteria like age, gender, previous medical conditions, current medical currents, other drugs consumed etc. If you change the dose, there is a chance for you have an overdose of the medicine in your body. Overdose of Tramadol would lead to slow breathing, cold skin, severe drowsiness, fainting, slower heart rate and in some cases fatal too. If overdosed, get emergency medical help immediately.
Decreasing the dose
Just like increasing the dose, decreasing the dose as you wish can also cause problems. When you decrease the dose significantly or stop the drug abruptly, you would experience withdrawal symptoms. Common withdrawal symptoms of Tramadol are anxiety, irritability, mood swings, tremors, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, flu like symptoms, sleeping disorders including nightmares, sweating, shivering, tingling sensation, shock like sensation and many others. The withdrawal symptoms can sometimes become life threatening too. These symptoms occur when you alter the dose after using Tramadol, for a long time.
Your doctor would decrease the dose gradually along with providing other drugs to cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Thus, if you think that your pain has reduced, talk to your doctor about stopping or reducing the drug.
For moderate chronic pain, 25mg four times a day for three days is the common dose. The dose can be increased by 50 mg for three days till it reaches 200mg per day but each interval will still have smaller doses. For severe pain, 100mg per day is used and can be increased to another 100 mg in three or five days. For children between 4 and 16 years, 1mg per kg should be given every 6 hours. The maximum dose per day should not increase more than 8 mg/kg per day or 400 mg per day. For children more than 16 years, 50 mg for every 6 hours is the normal dose. This is very generic information. If your prescription dose is different from this generic information, stick to your prescription, at all times.
Overdose can also occur by not using the right form of the medicine. Extended release Tramadol is not the same as immediate release pill. Do not switch the type of pill, as per your whims. Breaking, splitting, dissolving or chewing the tablet rather than swallowing would cause improper functioning of the pill. The pill can be taken with or without food. Tramadol can be taken with a glass of water or any non-alcoholic drug. Consuming alcohol with the drug can cause some serious problems. Beyond all the information provided in this article, there are a lot of other criteria which can determine your dose limit. Hence always take the medicine only upon prior approval from a doctor.