Applications of Tramadol (Other Than Pain)

Reasons Tramadol is Prescribed Other Than Pain

Since first being introduced to the public, Tramadol has been considered an excellent medication for treating moderate to severely moderate pain. However, many people are unaware this particular drug can be prescribed for reasons other than pain. Because there are misconceptions about Tramadol, we wanted to take the opportunity to offer insight into some of the additional uses. Keep in mind that using this drug for reasons other than pain might not be for everyone but for some people, this might be a discussion to have with a medical doctor.

What is Tramadol?

For starters, we wanted to offer a general introduction into the makeup of Tramadol. Regardless of the brand name, this drug is a "centrally acting synthetic", which means it inhibits the reuptake of norepinephrine and induces the release of serotonin. The effects of Tramadol are very similar to codeine and although a common prescription drug, it is often used when other forms of pain medication have failed.

Tramadol offers narcotic-like relief but because this drug is not a narcotic, it does not need to be controlled by the US federal government. One caveat is that when prescribed for intravenous use, there is government control in certain states to include Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming, as well as the United States military.

Additional Used for Tramadol

Again, Tramadol is most commonly prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The benefit of this drug is its effectiveness for a wide variety of pain types although the most common uses are acute postoperative, back, osteoarthritis, and neuropathic pain. However, in addition to pain, a doctor may choose to prescribe Tramadol for treatment of the following:

Potential Risk Factors

In addition to the conditions listed, there are others that would respond favorably to this anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal medication. Even though Tramadol is considered effective and extremely safe, there are some risks. Of course it would be essential to discuss any concerns or questions with a doctor. Someone with a history of any of the following would be at greatest risk for problems.

Additionally, if someone is currently taking any other type of narcotic pain medication, sedative, antidepressant, muscle relaxer, antipsychotic, anti-nausea/vomiting medication, or drug for treating mental illness, the doctor should be notified. Another caution that people should be aware of is that Tramadol is unsafe to unborn babies in that it can cause serious side effects or even lead to death.

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