Tramadol is a painkiller used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It is a morphine-like (opioid) drug and is only relevant to use if weaker analgesics do not provide adequate efficacy or cannot be used for specific reasons.
Tramadol reduces pain
The Tramadol capsules release the active substance after ingestion over time. It means that the pain signals sent to the brain are interrupted, and in addition it works in the brain to stop the pain feeling. It does not, therefore, remove the cause of the pain, but ensures that moderate to severe pain is less felt.
Effect / Properties
Tramadol works by altering the pain perception and raising the pain threshold. About. 10% of the population does not convert tramadol to the active substance that produces analgesic effect and therefore will not get good pain relief. Tramadol is available in various formulations: prolonged-release tablets and capsules. Common capsules provide pain relief for 3-5 hours. Replacement tablets are designed to provide prolonged duration of action, with pain relief for 12 or 24 hours. Carefully check the type (formulation) you have received. It may take ½ -1 hour after intake before pain relief is achieved.
Effective Dosage of Tramadol
Usually, tramadol capsules can be dosed 3 times a day and tramadol prolonged-release tablets once or twice a day. The dose is individually adjusted and must be discussed between you and your doctor. It is important that you do not increase the dose on your own, but agree with your doctor. You may be asked by a doctor or nurse to assess the efficacy of the medicine (for example, on a scale of 1 to 10) in relation to your pain experience, your activity level and your quality of life. It may be appropriate to combine tramadol with other weaker analgesics such as paracetamol to improve pain relief. Discuss this with your doctor. If tramadol is used over time (weeks, months), the dose should be gradually reduced. The length of the tapering time is individual and can last from a few days to several weeks. It depends partly on how long you have been using the medicine and what dose you have used. Discuss the treadmill with your doctor. The prolonged-release tablets and capsules are taken with or without food. Do not chew, divide or crush the prolonged-release tablets, and swallow them whole, otherwise the medicine will be released too quickly in your body and this may cause overdose.