Tramadol

  • Mode of action
    • binds to mu opioid receptors
    • inhibits reuptake of noradrenaline and serotonin
  • Used for moderate to severe pain including neuropathic pain
  • Available in a variety of formulations including 12 hour and 24 hour controlled release tablets 
    • It is important that controlled release tablets are swallowed whole, and the tablets must not be crushed or chewed
  • common side effects of tramadol are:
    • headache
    • weakness
    • sweating
    • sleeep disorder
    • dyspepsia
    • itch, rash
    • changes in mood
  • Tramadol interacts with a number of medications.  Some of these include antidepressants, other opioid analgesics, weight loss medication and illicit drugs.
  • It is important to consult your doctor and inform them of  any medications you are taking.

 

29 May, 2011