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Tramadol Oral: Side Effects, Uses, Interaction and Overdose

Tramadol Oral: Side Effects, Uses, Interaction and Overdose


Tramadol is an opioid pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults. It is sold under the brand names — Ultram, Ultram ER and ConZip. It is available as a generic medicine.


Common tramadol side effects may include [Trusted Source 1]

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness

Call your doctor right away if you have [Trusted Source 1]

  • Sleep apnea or interrupted breathing during sleep
  • A slow heart rate or weak pulse
  • seizure (convulsions)
  • Mental or mood changes such as agitation, hallucinations
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Missed menstrual periods
  • Difficulty while urinating
  • Erectile dysfunction or impotence, sexual problems, lack of interest in sex


Some drugs may interact with Tramadol. Tell your doctor about the medication you are currently taking. Do not stop, start or change the dose of any medicine without your doctor’s approval. Tell your doctor if you are using any other medications; such as [Trusted Source 1] [Trusted Source 2] [Trusted Source 3]


Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or health care provider if you are allergic to it or if you have a history of any other allergies.

Before using Tramadol, tell your doctor about your medical history; especially of [Trusted Source 1] [Trusted Source 4]

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Brain disorders such as head injury, seizures, tumor
  • Breathing problems — asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Mental, mood or behavior disorders — depression, confusion, suicidal thoughts
  • Personal or family history of drug addiction or excessive use of alcohol
  • Stomach or intestinal problems — constipation, blockage, paralytic ileus, diarrhea due to infection

Tramadol is not safe to use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Ask your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

It is not clear if this medicine passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor if you’re breast—feeding.


As this medicine is used for pain, so you aren’t likely to miss a dose. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for next scheduled dose. Do not take extra drug to make up the missed dose.


Tramadol overdose symptoms may include —

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Slow heart rate
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Very slow breathing or coma

Seek emergency medical help or call at 1—800—222—1222.


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