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All medications come with a dose of risk. From minor side effects to life-threatening allergic reactions, every decision to take a medication should be made only after the expected benefits are weighed against the known risks. Recently, I wrote about how newly approved drugs often accumulate new warnings about their safety, including a gout medication that garnered a new warning due to an increased risk of death.
Now, according to a new study, the common prescription pain medication tramadol may earn a similar warning. When first approved intramadol was not considered an opiate like morphine or oxycodone even though it acted in similar ways. However, because there were cases of abuse and addiction with its use, the thinking and warnings changed. Inthe FDA deated tramadol as a controlled substance. This means that although it may have accepted use in medical care, it also has potential for abuse or addiction and therefore is more tightly regulated.
For example, a doctor can only prescribe a maximum of five refills, and a new prescription is required every 6 months. Compared with other controlled substances, tramadol is at the safer end of the spectrum. Heroin, for example, is a Schedule I drug high abuse potential and no acceptable medical use. OxyContin is a Schedule II drug it also has high abuse potential, but has an accepted medical use. Classified as a Schedule IV drug, tramadol is considered useful as a pain reliever with a low potential for abuse.
Despite these concerns, tramadol is one of many common treatments recommended for osteoarthritis and other painful conditions. Several professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, include it in their guidelines as a recommended drug for osteoarthritis.
Researchers publishing in the medical journal JAMA examined the risk of death among nearly 90, people one year after filling a first prescription for tramadol or one of several other commonly recommended pain relievers, such as naproxen Aleve, Naprosyndiclofenac Cataflam, Voltarenor codeine. All participants were at least 50 years old and had osteoarthritis. Those prescribed tramadol had a higher risk of death than those prescribed anti-inflammatory medications.
For example:. Meanwhile, people treated with codeine had a similar risk of death to people treated with tramadol. In fact, the patients for whom tramadol is prescribed could make it look riskier than it truly is. Medical research studies may draw faulty conclusions for a of reasons. Perhaps there were too few participants to find meaningful differences.
Maybe the dose of the treatment was too high or too low. But a major source of error in studies is called confounding. It means an unexpected or external factor — not the one actually being examined — has led to the observed. One might conclude that dietary choices led to poorer heart health. But what if those with the unhealthy diet also smoked far more than the healthy eaters? The smoking could be the real culprit. It is a confounder that must be ed for if the research is to have credibility. With this new study of tramadol, confounding is a real concern.
For example, for a person who has both kidney disease and arthritis, doctors may prescribe tramadol rather than naproxen because the latter may worsen kidney disease. Yet kidney disease could increase the risk of other health problems, including a higher rate of death, which could then be attributed to the tramadol.
In other words, the very reason your doctor chose tramadol could make this medication appear riskier than it really is. The authors of the study acknowledge this possibility and took measures to limit it. In fact, many studies try to avoid these sorts of errors, but they are impossible to avoid completely.
If you take tramadol, talk to your doctor about this study. If tramadol does increase the risk of death, we want to understand why and what to do about it for example, is it an easily avoidable risk, such as an interaction with other medications? Further research can also help educate doctors and patients about all of the potential risks of tramadol treatment. As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content.
Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician. I am just shocked to hear all the horror stories!
After being off of the medicine, the doctor put me back on it but at a lower dose to take in conjuction with my other pain medicine to aid in controlling severe pain that i suffer from, and again,……. Taking this med is like drinking water to me! But my doctor is convinced that it does help! Fortunately for me, i have not been affected in any way, good or bad! I have been taking tramadol since my microdisectomy on June I am one of the few that got no relief from surgery from my nerve pain.
I definitely notice when it is time for my next dose because the pain intensifies. I was doing some research on it and discovered it is addictive. I am on a script of 50 mg 4 times a day as needed. Just the pain subsides measurably for a few hours.
It cuts the pain without petting me on Mars. You need to drink a lot of water, and having to get up often at night is a hassle. You do have to slowly go off it though. I was prescribed Tramadol for severe back pain a couple of years ago. I was unable to sleep due to the pain, which is really a horrible thing! The Tramadol worked beautifully for me. I felt no pain, and my mood seemed slightly elevated. It was great. That was a mistake. I could not sleep, and was horribly depressed. I cried at silly television dramas; tears streamed down my face.
I felt a cold, deep sense of dread.
It was awful. But, once it dawned on me why it was happening, I was able to handle it OK. I take it for back and neck pain. It fogs me up sometimes, especially if I take muscle relaxers too, so sometimes I quit for a while.
I went through very similar withdrawal symptoms too, but it seemed to ease up after three nights of no sleep and all that. By the fourth night I was able to get some decent sleep. CBD seems to help ease it some, btw, in case others read this. I had dental surgery a few years back BIG owieand the dentist asked if I wanted to try Tramadol gave me a prescription for Tramadol because it was not a narcotic. Well, of course I wanted to try it. I have been on tramadol since before it was deemed a controlled substance.
I had a failed spinal fusion in and have had continuous pain from both that and osteoarthritis. Several years ago I had shingles down my right leg and developed a neuropathy from that. I am an avid hiker and would not be able to do the things I do without the nerve relief I get from tramadol, taken responsibly twice a day. It also assists in controlling irritable bowel syndrome, which I developed after being treated with Carac for skin lesions. I do not understand changing this to a controlled substance as I do not get anything but consistent nerve pain relief on a small dose.
I get no high whatsoever. No ill side effects. I really think this is an overreaction to the opioid abuse by some which is causing undue stress on prescribing physicians and responsible pain patients. I am a retired RN and worked 35 years in critical care, a very physical job, thus the spinal fusion.
I take my medication responsibly for a good quality of life and to be able to continue to hike, which keeps me healthy! There are risks from any medication a person takes, always the possibility of side effects. Even OTC cold medicines have caused strokes. Need to always know risks and benefits of all medication you take. If you really question addict has abused other illegal substances in past. For true chronic or intractable pain patients we would do as well as if we ate the buttons off our shirts.
The other hard drugs upset my body. Went to Cardiac Specialist and was reassured medication has done no harm at this point. My neuropathy is idiopathic due to a spinal injury. My Spinal Cord stimulator helps, but I will need medication also.
Tramadol is perfect for me. I was prescribed tramadol as an alternative to opiates, for ongoing pain. I took them as prescribed, and developed a tolerance. The withdrawals were worse than those of opiates and took longer. This was supposed to be the miracle drug for pain with no chance of dependency. What happened? This worked for me. Eliminate 50 mg every weekI had very little discomfort and I am now on mg.
I feel great. I hope this helps.
I definitely do not feel addicted anymore. I was prescribed Tramadol after I injured my back. I gained weight, had severe t and body pain. My heart would race. If not for a family member telling me to stop the tramadol I believe I would have died…. I have taken Tramadol since it first hit the market and was called ultram. I hv osreoarthritis and fibromyalgia and I suffer, even taking Tramadol and Celebrex.Is tramadol an opiate or opioid
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