Made during the late 70’s by German pharmaceutical company, Tramadol was initially considered to be less harmful than opioid analgesics. Tramadol still targeted the opioid receptors, but its characteristics of being synthetic, man-made, and a milder version of common narcotic pain relievers set it apart.
Uses – Tramadol is effective as a pain reliever for moderate to extreme pain, like arthritis pain. Studies have also demonstrated that tramadol can be useful in treating depression and anxiety due to its action with the noradrenergic and serotonergic systems; its involvement appears to play a role in its ability to reduce the sensation of pain.
Side effects – Look out for these dangerous side effects requiring immediate medical attention: seizure; red, blistering, or peeling skin; and shallow breathing accompanied by a weak pulse. Minor side-effects are: dizziness, sleepiness, general fatigue, queasiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, blurry or poor eyesight, loss of sleep, facial itching.
Withdrawal – Misleading perhaps, tramadol was always regarded as a safe, non-addictive substitute to narcotic opioid painkillers. Just within recent years, medical professionals, as well as the general public, discovered exactly how dangerous and addictive these drugs may be, most importantly after high dosages and long-term use. Withdrawal symptoms associated with Tramadol include: seizure, excessive sweating, nervousness and anxiety, tingling in extremities, nausea, vomiting, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, hypertension, etc. Someone who is abusing or using tramadol should not stop taking it until they seek a doctor in order to help gradually reduce the dosage amounts. A “taper” supervised by a doctor – otherwise defined as a resolution to slowly reduce intake over a period of time dependent on use history – is the method advised for quitting the drug, since abrupt cancellation or sudden changes in medicinal routines is very dangerous and can bring about a wide range of medical symptoms.
Tramadol popularly remains the only potentially addictive painkiller still offered by online pharmacy with no need for a prescription.
“Brand name” Tramadol drugs include Ultram and Ultracet.