Risk in Taking Tramadol

Tramadol is a synthetic analgesic medication and is used as a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate painful reaction due to some bone and joint illness such as arthritis and gout.  It is under the classification of central nervous system drug that is available both as injectable and oral dosage.  Its main function is to work in the brain to change how we respond to pain and how we feel.

Tramadol intake must be carefully administered with a doctor’s prescription and is best used during the initial implications of the symptoms.  The maximum dosage allowed for person consumption is 400 milligrams a day.  Over dosage of this medicine is not advisable and if taken for a longer duration, it may result to withdrawal reactions.  Withdrawal sign includes runny nose, sweating, nausea, restlessness, muscle aches and watery eyes.  On the contrary, withdrawal symptoms can also occur when you abruptly stop taking this medicine so one must gradually reduce the dosage to avoid this complication.

Tramadol interactions with other drugs are possible such as with narcotic antagonists and certain pain medications.  But when combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors it can lead to seizures.  Before having a dosage, you should tell your doctor of the medicines you previously took for the past two weeks because some serious complications may result from tramadol interactions such as serotonin syndrome if you happen to mixed tramadol with drugs that increase serotonin substances in the body.  Serotonin is a depressant substance that may cause the risk of suicidal tendency.  The effect of tramadol also decreases when you happen to took medicines with azole antifungals, rifamycins, macrolide antibiotics and HIV medicines.  The possibility of suffering from serious side effects such as severe drowsiness and difficulty in breathing may take place if you mistakenly combined tramadol with other medicines.

Tramadol interactions with other substances should also be avoided.  Be sure that your alcohol content in the body is low, if not totally at zero percentage.  Do not take this medicine when you are drunk because it can make you feel dizzy.  Avoid driving activities after your intake because it can cause accident due to the loss of control and it lowers alertness.  Pregnant women should also avoid unnecessary and prolonged intake of tramadol because it may damage the unborn child.   If the baby was over exposed to this medicine when still inside the mother’s womb, he will show withdrawal symptoms such as diarrhea, persistent crying, and irritability.  It is also not safe to take this tablet or injection while you are breast feeding your baby because he might be able to suck the harmful components tramadol possess.  People with internal body organ damages should also not take this medicine because it will further threaten the organ that already has illness.  This includes stomach disorder, liver and kidney diseases.

In general, tramadol interactions with various medicines and other substances can result to allergic reactions such as rashes, swelling of the mouth, face, or lips, difficulty or even worse, stoppage of breathing, chest pain and hallucinations.  Also, prolonged intake of this may cause indigestion, constipation, weakness, trouble in sleeping and diarrhea.  So better have the proper guidance from your doctor before taking tramadol.