Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Take tramadol as directed with a glass of water.
Swallow the slow release tablets whole.
Measure the liquid carefully with an oral syringe or measuring spoon.
If tramadol is taken regularly, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with tramadol including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. valerian) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Muscle twitching or shaking you can’t control, confusion, heavy sweating, fever
Slow or shallow breathing, hard to wake up
Change in heartbeat
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Dizziness, agitation, hallucinations, mood swings, trouble sleeping
|Tell your doctor|
Drowsiness, weakness, headache
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset
Dry mouth or throat, changes in vision, trouble peeing
Swollen feet or legs
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2020
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed