Things you should know about Tramadol
Try as we might, we cannot escape feeling physical pain every once in a while. Yes, this is horrible, but it is also true. As kids on the playground we break noses and pop kneecaps, and as adults we are a lot more likely to undergo surgery or sprain an ankle while running after our children. The matter of fact is that these things happen, they are a part of everyone’s life, and we shouldn’t lament any of this too much.
Thankfully, for situations in which we experience prolonged pain, there are medications that could help alleviate this incredibly irritating ailment. Remember, physical pain is really stressful for your body, and it is always best to be medicated, rather than to endure the pain. This is why painkillers are so popular and among them Tramadol is one of the most famous and enduring ones.
Tramadol as we know it has been on the market for almost four decades, during which it has become one of the most well-known and efficient drugs for treating moderate to moderately severe pain cause by any kind of accident or illness. It acts as a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, releasing serotonin into the system. It is a centrally-acting analgesic, which means it controls your nervous system, preventing the pain impulse from ever reaching it. This are just the basics in layman’s terms, as the real mechanism of Tramadol is very difficult to explain. What matters is that it is one of the best analgesics, commonly used for treating conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome.
Because of its pharmacologically delicate structure and mechanism of action, Tramadol is currently in investigational use for a wide range of conditions, some of which are depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and even premature ejaculation. However, since it hasn’t been established that Tramadol is actually effective in treating any of these diseases, you shouldn’t even think about using it for any of those, but rather just for pain. If we were to compare Tramadol to any other known painkiller, it would probably be Codein, though they are pharmacologically different medications.
The bad news is that Tramadol has a characteristic unpleasant taste, which is why it will probably relieve you to know that it comes in many forms, such as suppositories, powders, ampules and even special, chewable tablets with many pleasant tastes, such as pineapple and pear. The maximum daily dosage of the drug is 400mg if you are using it orally and 600mg for parenteral use.
You should also always be aware of the fact that Tramadol, although not dangerous, is a strictly prescription-only drug and you have to consult your doctor before you start taking it. It has few and uncommon adverse effects, but they still might occur. Some of the side effects of Tramadol are nausea, vomiting, itching, sweating and constipation. Drowsiness might also occur, but since Tramadol is an opioid, this isn’t dangerous.