Despite its status as non-narcotic, tramadol can have serious side effects, including potential dependency. Some non-life-threatening side effects of the drug include abdominal pain, diarrhea, drowsiness, heartburn, and irritability.
If you experience side effects such as difficulty breathing, lightheadedness, severe sleepiness, or irregular heartbeat, you should seek emergency healthcare immediately.
Common Effects of Tramadol
Tramadol is prescribed for moderate to fairly severe pain.
The following are commonly reported side effects of taking Tramadol:
- Anxiety and agitation
- Itchy skin
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Heavy sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
Here is a comprehensive list of less common or rare side effects.
Is Tramadol Addictive?
While tramadol is not typically addictive (as compared with its opioid counterparts), research has linked tramadol abuse to a condition called Serotonin Syndrome. When used incorrectly or when taken in conjunction with certain illegal drugs or some antidepressants, tramadol can contribute to a dangerously high level of serotonin in the body’s system.
Be sure to speak with your physician about all medications you are taking before starting or continuing to take tramadol.
Tramadol vs. Opioid Pain Relieving Drugs
Tramadol works differently than opioid medications, which are classified as narcotics. The drug activates neurotransmitters such as serotonin and releases endorphins in the brain. These natural chemicals change how your body deals with and experiences pain.
Opioids, however, attach to specific protein receptors found throughout the body, reducing the perception of pain. Opioid side effects often include a dreamy or drowsy state that can become addictive.
Consult the Medical Professionals at FastMed Urgent Care
At FastMed Urgent Care, we’re committed to providing care that is high quality, compassionate, and affordable. We make it a priority to educate our patients on any medication they’re taking, and our medical professionals take particular care when it comes to pain management.
If you are experiencing any non-life-threatening conditions that are common side effects of tramadol, consult with a provider from FastMed Urgent Care. You don’t need an appointment, and our professionals can help manage your symptoms and decide a course of action.
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