If you're experiencing moderate-to-severe levels of pain, then there's a good chance that you've tried a lot of things to get rid of it. You might have tried massages, painkillers or other types of medicine, and nothing seems to work. Fortunately for you, there is a generic prescription that has been developed, which does a great job at relieving pain often without a lot of adverse side effects. That medication is Generic Tramadol, and you can find more details about it below.
Generic Tramadol: What Is It?
The technical name for this medication is Tramadol hydrochloride, which is a prescription medication that has been approved for treating moderate to severe back pain in adults. It is not considered a controlled substance or narcotic, though it does have some potential to be abused (see dosing and interaction with other drugs below). This medicine is available in pill form, with only one strength, which is 50mg.
Important Information About Tramadol
While generic Tramadol has been approved for relieving back pain, it does have the potential to cause harmful side effects if you are part of the following categories of people. Before taking this medicine, be sure to check with your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions:
- Epilepsy or seizures
- A head injury or other kind of high intercranial pressure
- Drug or alcohol dependency in your past
- Liver disease, like cirrhosis, liver failure, or any kind of hepatitis
- Kidney disease or failure
- Severe abdominal or stomach pain
- Any allergies
- Lung disease of any kind
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
You may still be able to take Tramadol with these conditions, but it is better to be safe and check with your doctor first.
Side Effects of Tramadol
This medication has side effects just like any other kind of medicine, but fortunately, most of the effects are mild. In fact, some people who take generic Tramadol don't experience any side effects at all. Here are some things that you may experience while taking this medication (see our Tramadol side effects page for more):
- Dizziness or vertigo
How to Take Generic Tramadol
Of course, talk to your doctor to find out exactly how he wants you to take this medication. Here are some general suggestions for taking Tramadol.
- Never consume alcohol while taking this medication.
- Your doctor may suggest that, at least initially, you start with a lower dose and work your way up to a higher one.
- This medication is taken in pill form, by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed.
- Tramadol may be taken with or without food, but if it causes an upset stomach without food, you should take it with a meal.
- Never, ever change your dosage or the frequency of when you take this medication. Only your doctor should make these changes. In addition, do not suddenly stop taking Tramadol, especially if you've been taking it regularly for longer than a few weeks.
What To Do About Missed Doses or Overdosing
Overdosing with Tramadol can potentially be very dangerous. If you've taken too much, immediately seek medical attention. Regarding missed doses, these are not a concern because this medication is taken "as needed." If you miss a dose and don't feel any pain, then no problem. If you do have pain, and if it's been 4 to 6 hours since your last dose, then you can take another. Never take two pills within 4 to 6 hours unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.
What Drugs Should I Avoid While Taking Generic Tramadol?
There are many prescription and non-prescription drugs that can interact with Tramadol. Talk to your doctor before starting this medicine if you are currently taking any of the following:
- Triptans (any drug ending with "-triptan")
- St. John's wort
- Some antihistamines
- Sleep medications
- Narcotic pain relievers
- Most antidepressants
- Anxiety medications
- Antipsychotic medications
- Dextromethorphan (used in cough medications)