Tramadol – Overdose, Side Effects and Contra- Indications

Tramadol is a morphine like narcotic slow release analgesic recommended for short term use only and is used to treat acute and chronic pain. Tramadol is habit forming and should not be taken by people that have had previous additions such as drug abuse or alcohol abuse. When taking this medication you must strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage recommended by your practitioner. The dosage should not exceed 300 milligrams per day.

Overdose of Tramadol:-

An accidental overdose of Tramadol is fatal and symptoms may include shallow breathing, decreased heart rate, drowsiness, lethargy and weakness, light headedness, fainting, cold and clammy skin or the person could go into a coma.  Should any of these symptoms occur contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital immediately. Tramadol tablets must not be crushed the tablet must be taken whole. This medication should not be crushed and inhaled or injected as this can lead to life threatening circumstances, over dose or even death.

Side Effects of Tramadol:-

Side Effects of Tramadol

Side Effects of Tramadol

Side effects when taking Tramadol are: constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, dry mouth or nausea may occur.

If you have a sudden loss of appetite or experience sudden weight loss, disturbed sleep, increased sweating contact your doctor immediately.

If you should experience serious side effects such as severe or mild headaches, difficulty with swallowing, sudden mood swings, seizures, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and your stools are black contact your practitioner immediately or go to the nearest emergency hospital.

Allergic Reaction to Tramadol

Symptoms of an allergic reaction will present with a red raised rash, severe dizziness, extreme itching and swelling around the face and throat, difficulty in breathing then seek immediate medical attention. This drug must not be taken when driving. Do not consume any alcohol when you are on this medication. People suffering from liver disease, kidney disease, stomach ulcers or have a history of mental illness should not take Tramadol.

Tramadol is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. The side effects are fatal to the unborn child or if breastfeeding can pass through the breast milk which may harm the baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Tramadol must not be given to anyone under the age of 18.

Drug Interactions with Tramadol

If you taking other medications such as carbamazepine, digoxin, antidepressants, tricyclics, warfarin, MAO inhibitors or SSRI’s inform your practitioner as the combination may trigger a seizure.  In the case of an overdose contact your local poison centre or emergency room immediately.

When you stop using Tramadol you could experience withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, nausea, tremors and chills, hallucinations, disturbed sleep, anxiety as well as breathing difficulties. Medications should be out of reach from children and should not be given to anyone else.

Contraindications of Tramadol:-

* People suffering from epilepsy or any type of metabolic disorders or have had any

*  Previous head injuries should refrain from taking Tramadol as this medication has been known to induce seizures.

* Previous allerigic reaction to any narcotic drug.

* Tramadol should not be taken with other medications such as muscle relaxants, anti nausea and anti depressants as you may have a seizure.

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