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How is tramadol prescribed?

What do doctors prescribe tramadol for?

Tramadol is a prescription drug used to manage mild to moderate pain, as well as the withdrawal symptoms of opiate and opioid addiction.  How does tramadol affect the brain?  Tramadol works by altering the way that pain is perceived in the brain. Because tramadol can sometimes cause feelings of euphoria, and tramadol dependence time occurs within 3-4 weeks of use, tramadol is only available and used legally with a prescription from a medical doctor.

Tramadol prescription dosage

Tramadol duration of action for immediate release versions is around 4-6 hours.  Doctors will usually start patients on 25 mg of tramadol. Eventually, you may end up taking 50 mg – 100 mg doses not more than 4 times a day. The safe dose of tramadol will depend on your unique medical history as well as your previous exposure to opiates or opioid medications.

Tramadol prescription cost

As with any prescription drug, the cost of paying to fill a prescription for tramadol will depend on your insurance. In some states, generic tramadol is offered by various drug store chains for less than $10. But tramadol can cost around $60 per refill if you don’t have insurance and are not eligible for a discount program.

Can you get tramadol over the counter?

No. You cannot get Tramadol over the counter. Tramadol is available by prescription only.Tramadol is potentially addictive, and although the addiction liability for tramadol is relatively low when compared with other opioids like hydrocodone or oxycodone, tramadol is only prescribed to people experiencing pain which can’t be helped by over-the-counter medication.

Signs of Tramadol prescription drug abuse

If you use tramadol to help manage pain, you might develop a tolerance and dependence on the medication, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are addicted to tramadol. Instead, tramadol abuse and resulting addiction usually occurs when people take tramadol specifically to get high.

Tramadol is less addictive than other, similar medications, but it can still be abused to “get high”. An addiction to tramadol results in a psychological compulsion to seek out the drug, even when it has negative effects on the addict’s personal or professional life. And signs of tramadol prescription drug abuse include taking tramadol:

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1. in higher doses than prescribed

2. more frequently than prescribed

3. without a prescription

Tramadol prescription questions

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Reference Sources:PubMed Health: Tramadol
DailyMed: Tramadol Hydrochloride
ToxNet: Tramadol

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16 Responses to “How is tramadol prescribed?
Is it also anti inflamitory
1:49 am May 22nd, 2014

Is it anti infamotory

10:21 am May 23rd, 2014

Thanks for your question. Tramadol can relieve pain in inflammatory conditions, as it inhibit the development of experimental inflammation an reduces prostaglandin (PG)E(2) concentrations in the inflammatory exudate. More here or Google the phrase: site:.gov tramadol anti inflammatory

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11124014
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10226767

Jeanne Boyd
12:05 am June 23rd, 2014

I have been taking oxycontin nearly 19 years prescribed by my primary care physician, sated at 10mg,then 20mg then as years went by the mg went to 4omg then for the past 3 to 4 years my dr. has prescribed me 240mg daily to take. He has discharged me from his practice with no reason, no referrals to pain mg, nothing. I have called many times with no return calls. I have written a few letters asking why he discharged me? and there has been no response. I have ask for my Medical records(filled out a release form) there has been no response. Nothing bad has happened. My last appointment with my Dr. was on March 25th @ 3:30 the appt. went well. I am at a lost. I search for another dr. for over 2 months that could treat me for my many conditions. Found one Dr and he prescribed me Tramadol (generic) I am scared to take it I do not know anything about it, the dr. did not tell me about it. I am still at a huge lost. I am trying to see if a medication named Vitadone will help me with my horrible sickness of withdrawls I am having or what/ Can anyone please help me

with kind regards Jeanne

2:27 pm June 23rd, 2014

Hello Jeanne. I’d suggest that you check with your state Attorney General’s office to see what rights you have in terms of collecting your medical records. Then, consult with a new prescribing doctor or a pharmacist about the symptoms that you’re experiencing. Record them on a calendar, including dosing information and intensity of symptom…and seek professional medical help. Best to you!

Colin
2:23 am October 29th, 2014

I am on 150 mg a day and find i am stagering when walking would this be because of the meadication.or what

colin

10:42 am November 6th, 2014

Hi Colin. If you experience problems while taking tramadol, you should talk to your doctor immediately about discontinuing the medication. Tramadol is not right for everyone. There may be other medications you’re taking which interact with tramadol, so always check with your pharmacist before taking any new medications.

oranetta
5:41 am April 24th, 2015

Is taking two 50mg tramadol harmful?

John
2:38 am April 27th, 2015

I take 50mg Tramadol tablets. I have one pill that broke in half. Is it ok to take one half with another whole pill. Or is it bad to take them once they have been broken?
Thanks

2:29 pm May 4th, 2015

Hello Oranetta. If you have taken them at once as prescribed by doctor, then you should be ok. If you are not prescribed Tramadol and especially if you are not a regular user, you shouldn’t be talking it in any dosage.

1:44 pm May 8th, 2015

Hi John. Why not take the broken pieces of the pill together? Nothing bad or dangerous will happen, but you have no reason to take a higher dose of tramadol.

Jacqueline
12:52 am May 23rd, 2015

Can I take paracetamol while taking tramadol

11:33 am May 26th, 2015

Hi Jacqueline. Yes, doctors may prescribe tramadol and paracetamol to patients who need greater pain relief. You will be safe as long as you take it in the time-frames and doses recommended by your doctor.

Llod
8:35 pm December 5th, 2015

Can I use a pill splitter on a 50 mg tramadol pill. Not er

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:23 pm December 11th, 2015

Hello, Llod. Yes, you can use a pill splitter. But, have talk with your doctor about tramadol dosage? If not, please do.

Rowena
8:48 pm August 23rd, 2016

My doctor wants me to come off tramadol but I suffer with fibromyalgia/chronic pain. How on earth will I be able to cope with the terrible pain I experience if and when I come off it. I have tried before without success because of the awful all over body pain I suffer from.

12:07 pm August 24th, 2016

Hi Rowena. If you need pain management and are coming off of Tramadol, your doctor should prescribe you another medication that will help you deal with your condition. Ask your doctor why s/he feels it’s necessary to quit Tramadol. And, if s/he plans to provide another medication for pain relief?

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