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Tramadol, 5 facts you must know about usage

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever. Sold under the brand name Ultram among others, is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. When taken by mouth in an immediate-release formulation, the onset of pain relief usually occurs within an hour.

However, there is some reasonable concern as it is now is linked with drug abuse, addiction, and overdose. Many Nigerian youths use it as a recreational drug and it has been linked to mental instability in some rare cases.

Here are some facts to know about Tramadol:

Side Effects

Tramadol has a number of side effects:

  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired mental abilities and confusion

Don’t stop taking Tramadol abruptly

If you have been taking Tramadol for pain, stopping abruptly will lead to withdrawal symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, sweating or tremors may occur.


Before taking Tramadol, inform your doctor or pharmacist of any allergies you may have. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. It is not a recreational drug and should not be taken as such.


Do not take Tramadol if you have used any alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medication because of the risk of slowed breathing or other nervous system depression.


If you are concerned you are becoming addicted, talk to your doctor about an alternative pain medicine. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you are dependent upon Tramadol, but may be lessened by a slow, dose reduction combined with symptomatic support, as directed by your doctor.

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