Tramadol Side Effects

If you're suffering from chronic pain, then you may already know that the generic prescription medication Tramadol has been shown to be effective in treating that pain. If you're thinking about taking this medicine, then you should be aware of the potential side effects that you may experience. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before taking this medication, and he can give you a more accurate idea of what to expect, depending on the state of your health. You should be aware that you probably will not experience all, or even most of the effects that are listed here. You may not even have any at all while you're taking this medicine. Below is a list of common side effects that are reported while taking Tramadol.

Common Side Effects of Tramadol

Below is a list of common, mild side effects that you may experience while taking this medication.

  • Frequent urination, or difficulty emptying the bladder fully
  • Vision problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Confusion
  • Hot flashes or flushing
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Itching or sweating
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nervousness, shakiness, agitation, or anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Less Common, Serious Tramadol Side Effects

The below symptoms are not nearly as common as those listed above, but should be taken very seriously. Let your doctor know right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Seizures
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Significant effects on mental health
  • The urge to take more medication than prescribed, or to take it for a non-medical purpose
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Signs of an allergic reaction (hives, itching, rash, difficulty breathing, etc.)

Rare, Serious Side Effects

These side effects occur in less than 1% of people who take this medication. These Tramadol side effects are very rare, but are equally dangerous. Contact your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:
  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • Cataracts
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Liver failure
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Difficulties with menstruation
  • Painful urination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Abnormal walking pattern
  • Significant weight loss
  • Accidental injury

Again, it should be stated that you will probably only experience a few of the more common side effects, if you have any at all. You are not likely to have any of the less common ones. Your healthcare provider will be able to give you a more accurate idea of which side effects, if any, you may experience. As always, seek advice from your doctor if something just doesn't feel right, regardless of whether that feeling manifests itself as a specific symptom or not.