Posted by William on September 2, 2009
Tramadol was made in the late ’70′s by a German pharmaceutical company; and it was regarded as a safer alternative to opioid analgesics. Tramadol still targeted the opioid receptors, but its characteristics of being synthetic, man-made, and a milder version of the various narcotic pain relievers gave it the reputation of being superior.
Uses – The most common use of Tramadol medications is the treatment of arthritis and other serious chronic pain. Research has also proven that tramadol has potential benefits in the treatment of depression and anxiety because of how it interacts with the noradrenergic and serotonergic systems – a key component to its success as a good pain reliever.
Side Effects – Dangerous side effects to look out for that require fast medical attention: seizure; red, blistering or peeling skin; and shallow breathing accompanied by a weak pulse. The more manageable side effects are: dizziness, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, imperfect eyesight, loss of sleep, facial itching and flushing of the skin.
Withdrawal – Misleadingly perhaps, tramadol has always been regarded as a safe, non-addictive substitute to narcotic opioid pain killers. It has only been recently that it was proven just how dangerous and addictive these drugs can be, particularly after using them in high doses for a long time. Seizure, excessive sweating, nervousness and anxiety, tingling of the extremities, queasiness, dizziness, vomiting, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, chronic diarrhea, hypertension – these are all withdrawal symptoms associated with Tramadol. Users of Tramadol who would like to stop using the drug should seek medical assistance before reducing their intake. A “taper plan” is defined as a resolution to gradually decrease the intake over a specific period of time depending on the history of dependency; a taper that is supervised by a doctor is the method advised to quit the drug, since sudden changes in the routine, or stopping out of the blue is very dangerous and can trigger a wide range of medical symptoms.
Ultracet and Ultram are included in the list of tramadol drugs that are “brand names”.