HOW TO USE TRAMADOL:
Take Tramadol by mouth as prescribed. Tramadol is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Use Tramadol exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your Tramadol dose, use Tramadol more frequently or use Tramadol for a longer period of time than prescribed because Tramadol can be habit-forming. Also, if Tramadol is used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using Tramadol without your doctor’s approval. When Tramadol is used for extended periods, Tramadol may not work as well and may require different dosing. Consult your doctor if Tramadol stops working well.
TRAMADOL SIDE EFFECTS:
Tramadol may cause dizziness, weakness, incoordination, nausea or vomiting, stomach upset, constipation, headache, drowsiness, anxiety, irritability, dry mouth, or increased sweating. If any of these effects of Tramadol persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop any of these serious effects while taking Tramadol: chest pain, rapid heart rate, skin rash or itching, mental confusion, disorientation, seizures, tingling of the hands or feet, trouble breathing. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Tramadol, seek immediate medical attention. Tramadol symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, seizure disorder, lung disease, history of drug or alcohol dependency, any allergies you may have while taking Tramadol. Limit alcohol as it may add to the dizziness or drowsiness effects caused by Tramadol. Because Tramadol may make you dizzy/drowsy, use caution performing tasks requiring alertness such as driving. Tramadol should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Tramadol (Ultram) is excreted into breast milk. Because the Tramadol effects on a nursing infant are not known, consult your doctor before breast- feeding if planning to take Tramadol.
TRAMADOL DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Before taking Tramadol, tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: carbamazepine, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), drugs used to aid sleep, antidepressants (e.g., SSRI-types such as fluoxetine or fluvoxamine), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), psychiatric medicine (e.g., nefazodone), “triptan”-type drugs, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), sibutramine. Also, report use of certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine) which are also present in many cough-and-cold products. Do not start or stop Tramadol or any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If Tramadol overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of Tramadol overdose may include cold and clammy skin, low body temperature, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, deep sleep, loss of consciousness, or seizures.
Do not share Tramadol with others.
MISSED TRAMADOL DOSE:
If you miss a Tramadol dose, take Tramadol as soon as remembered; do not take Tramadol if it is near the time for the next Tramadol dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the Tramadol dose to catch up.
Store Tramadol at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store Tramadol in the bathroom. Keep Tramadol and all medications out of the reach of children.
Important tramadol note:
the following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using tramadol.