Tramadol is a pain reliever that is often prescribed to those who are experiencing pain that ranges from moderate to severe. It provides an extended release that offers round the clock relief and should not be taken as needed.
Those who have recently used tranquilizers, alcohol or other sedatives should not use Tramadol for pain. If you have problems breathing or struggle with asthma, you should be not take this medication. Any blockage in your intestines or stomach or prior usage of a narcotic medication will preclude you from taking Tramadol.
There are also a number of side effects that can take place after the use of Tramadol. Some of these side effects are common and much less serious than others, while some side effects require the user to seek emergency help immediately. Let’s take a closer look at these side effects, how to avoid them and what to do if they take place. We begin by examining the most common side effects.
Common Side Effects
Tramadol can cause feelings of nausea, dry mouth, dizziness and vomiting for those who rely on oral tablets or oral extended release tablets. Constipation, coughing, anxiety, feelings of sadness or emptiness, headaches, heartburn, irritability, loss of appetite or strength, sore throats, stuffy noses and sweating are also common.
Back pain, bladder pain, cloudy urine, flu like symptoms, excessive gas, ear congestion and drainage and hot flashes are less rare, but should also be monitored by a doctor.
Fortunately, these conditions can often be treated by modifying the Tramadol dosage during a visit to a medical professional. Some of these side effects are also part of the body becoming accustomed to the medication and often disappear as time goes on. Check with a medical professional if the symptoms persist or worsen.
Side Effects Requiring Immediate Emergency Assistance
Some symptoms fade away over the course of time, while others are an indicator of a far more serious issue. If you are experiencing a dramatic change in your consciousness or a decreased sense of overall awareness, visit an emergency room immediately.
Other side effects that require immediate emergency assistance include difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded, shortness of breath, pinpointed pupils, excessive sleepiness and an irregular heartbeat. Do not ignore any of these symptoms or wait for them to subside.
Additional Side Effects
Did you know that Tramadol side effects can continue to take place, even after you have stopped taking the drug? Patients may continue to experience certain side effects that require immediate medical attention.
Tramadol users that begin to notice any of these side effects should consult with their trusted medical practitioner immediately: increased blood pressure, sweating or yawning, goose flesh, trembling and/or shivering and pupils that have become unusually large.