Tramadol is a pain reliever used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It belongs to the class of opioids, like morphine and codeine, and acts on the central nervous system to block pain signals.

This article aims to inform you about the key points to know before taking Tramadol, particularly its risks and side effects.

If you ever see a change inform your doctor.

  • Allergic reactions

    Rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.

  • Central nervous system depression

    Slow or shallow breathing, shortness of breathfeeling faint, dizziness, confusion, difficulty staying awake.

  • Low function of adrenal glands

    Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual weakness or fatigue, dizziness.

  • Low blood pressure

    Dizziness, feeling faint or dizzy, blurred vision.

  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

    Tremors, anxietysweating, cold or clammy skin, confusion, dizziness, fast heartbeat.

  • Low sodium

    Muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headache, confusion.

  • Skin reactions

    Redness, blisters, peeling or sagging of the skin, including inside the mouth.

  • Epileptic seizures

Other side effects

Other side effects of Tramadol are:

  • Constipation ;
  • Dizziness;
  • Somnolence ;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Headache ;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting.

These side effects usually do not require medical attention, but report them to your doctor if they persist or are bothersome.

Risks of treatment with Tramadol

Increased tolerance

If the pain persists or increases after taking the medicine, you may develop a tolerance to Tramadol. In this case, your doctor may suggest increasing the dose or changing treatment. It is normal when taking a medication to develop tolerance, particularly during long-term treatment.

Serious skin reactions

Red or purple patches that may turn into blisters or peeling of the skinaccompanied by a red rash, swelling of the face, lips, and lymph nodes in the neck or under the arms.

Drowsiness and dizziness

Tramadol can cause somnolence and dizziness, especially when taken in combination with other medications such as narcotic pain relievers, benzodiazepines, or sleeping pills. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take.

do not forget


Tramadol is a potent medicine and should only be used under medical supervision. Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage and duration of treatment. Never exceed the recommended dose or use Tramadol for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and any medications you are taking. Keep Tramadol out of the reach of children and animals.

Anya El Hamdaoui


May 3, 2024, at 2:58 p.m.

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