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Some Helpful Facts on Pain and Tramadol

We all experience pain. Pain is a feeling or sensation that is felt as a result of the normal functions of the nervous system. It may come and go, or it may be constant. A person may feel pain in one area of the body such as the back, abdomen, or chest. Much worse, the pain may be felt all over the body especially when a person is suffering from the flu.

Still, pain is a natural human response to physical stress. It is actually a means to protect our body from more serious harm or injury. Without pain, a person might seriously hurt himself without knowing it. Without pain, a person would not have a compelling reason to stop a strenuous activity or take time to rest. Pain and illness, in general, help us realize the need for rest and recognize a medical problem that needs appropriate treatment. Once a person takes care of the problem, the pain eventually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat pain.

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol is in a class of medications called opiate agonists. It works by changing the way the body senses pain. Tramadol extended-release tablets are only used by people who need regular round-the-clock pain medication.

Tramadol is available as a prescription drug and sold under the brand name Ultram. Other brands or generic formulations are also being sold in the market. Tramadol should be taken exactly as directed by the doctor. If a person does not understand directions for the patient information leaflet that comes with every Tramadol pack, it is advisable to again consult the doctor who gave the prescription.

Tramadol comes in tablet form and has an extended-release variant that is also taken by mouth. The regular tablet is usually taken with or without food every 4-6 hours as needed. The extended-release tablet should be taken once a day. Tramadol should be taken exactly as directed. The medication should not be taken more than prescribed by the doctor.

However, almost all drug-related literature or pharmacy sites provide information about known and possible side effects of a certain medication. Side effects are often minor problems that occur when treatment goes beyond the desired effect.

Tramadol side effects have been carefully documented by its manufacturers, most of which are tolerable and pose no serious health risk. However, it is standard procedure for drug manufacturers to list all known side effects of their products.

Tramadol side effects include constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, dizziness, a fast or fluttering heartbeat, mild hallucination, mood changes, confusion, so-called “pins and needles”sensation, mild sexual problems, skin rashes, or difficulty in urination. Tramadol side effects other than those mentioned may also occur. There are other Tramadol side effects that could be experienced by its users. It is advisable to inform the doctor about any unusual problems encountered while taking this medication.

Side effects cannot be anticipated. Along with their useful effects all medicines can cause unwanted side effects, which usually improve as the body adjusts to the new medicine. When side effects of necessary medications become severe, the corrective measure usually involves taking a second medication, having a lifestyle or dietary change, and other health-promoting actions that may help reduce the pain.

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