Tramadol is most precribing Pain Killer
Doctors have been prescribing Tramadol as a commonly used painkiller at a greater rate. Prescriptions for Tramadol have almost risen to double in the past few years, from 5.9 million in 2006 to 11.1 million in 2012.
It’s popularity has shot up partly because it is economical, also, it is now accessible as a non-branded generic drug. People’s concern about other pain-killer’s risks has also made Tamadol an attractive option.
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Tramadol, which also comes under brand names such as Ultram, Zydol and Zamadol, is a synthetic (chemically made) opioid drug, alike natural opioids acquired from poppy seeds, such as morphine. However, it’s exact mechanism of action is not completely determined by doctors and other specialists. It is generally prescribed for the treatment of moderate to extreme pain after surgery, toothache or long-term conditions like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis.
Similar to other opioids, Tramadol sticks to the opioid or narcotic receptors in the brain that are significant for the transmission of the sensation of pain from throughout the body to the brain. This changes the way your body feels and reacts to pain. And it also intensifies the effects of two brain messengers: Serotonin and Noradrenaline.
Tramadol should strictly not be taken with any other medicines or things which have a sedative effect on the central nervous system since the dual mechanism of Tramadol makes the interaction with other drugs more risky and can lead to hazardous effects.
But regardless of these well-known warnings, various patients end up being prescribed Tramadol with their sleeping pills and also antidepressants, because generally pain, mood and sleep problems are interlinked.
Various patients underestimate Tramadols strength and end up taking stronger or extra doses of the same, which often leads to various side effects such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, itching. The extra doses might even cause some serious health issues.
The drug is extremely beneficial to health and has various advantages but it has it’s downfall if the patient starts misusing the drug