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Video:10 Things to Know About Tramadol

with Dr. Bob Lahita

Tramadol is a popular, effective, non-addictive pain reliever often prescribed for a number of conditions. This health video from About.com gives a profile of tramadol.See Transcript

Transcript:10 Things to Know About Tramadol

I'm Dr. Bob Lahita, Chairman of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and I'm talking to you about the drug, tramadol.

How Tramadol Is Used

Tramadol is an effective pain reliever. We call it an analgesic. It can be taken in low dose, it is non-addictive and it is very effective. It can be used in combination with other drugs, most commonly acetaminophen, or Tylenol. Now, one of the problems with Tylenol, acetaminophen, in combination with Tramadol is that if you are a heavy drinker, we worry about your liver, and it can cause liver disease. This drug can cause respiratory depression. It can cause anaphylaxis, or an acute allergic reaction. It can cause depression. And, it can cause seizures.

Side Effects of Tramadol

Seizures are particularly worrisome because a lot of the patients that take the drug may have a low threshold for seizing, and they may start to seize when they take it. It also can cause kidney failure. As I mentioned, hepatic disease, and it can cause other kinds of things like slowing of breathing, or the respiratory function.So, it is not a drug to be taken lightly. It should and can be taken in combination with acetaminophen, or Tylenol, but one has to be careful and understand some of the very, very bad side effects.

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