Before you can start taking this pain relief medicine, it is important that you first talk to your doctor and get a prescription from him. In case you are allergic to it, or have ever tried to murder yourself (or inflict any sort of injury upon yourself) or have been addicted to alcohol or drugs, then you should not be taking this drug and the doctor will not write you a prescription. You also need to tell your doctor about any other drugs that you are taking at the moment, like anxiety or depression medicine, sedatives, pain medicine, drugs for bipolar disorder or some other mental illness and so on. Your doctor will also need to be informed about any of the following conditions: kidney disease, liver disease or stomach disorder. Finally, the drug shouldn’t be given to children under 16 years old or pregnant women.
Most people, when they start taking some drug for the first time are concerned about the side effects that it might cause, and rightfully so, I might add. In case of Tramadol, some of the less serious side effects are: headache, nervousness, anxiousness, drowsiness and dizziness. You should be a lot more concerned if you experience any of the following, however: seizure, loss of coordination, skin rash, hallucinations, fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting faster heart rate, etc. If you experience any of these, you should call your doctor ASAP.
You should take Tramadol only as it is prescribed, don’t take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. You will normally be taking one pill every 4 or so hours, depending on several factors (your overall medical condition, your need, etc). If you need a larger dose, you will have to talk to your doctor and explain this to him so he can increase your dosage safely. On the other hand, if you want to get off this medicine, don’t just abruptly stop taking it as this is a sure way of suffering from a number of withdrawal symptoms and you would like none of them, I can assure you of that. What you need to do is to slowly decrease the dosage so that your body can be cleaned of as much of this drug as possible before it will be safe to stop completely.
Finally, you should keep Tramadol in its original package. Don’t take the pills out until you have to take them and keep them in a place protected from direct light and sources of heat. You should also keep Tramadol in a dry place and in a room temperature. It also goes without saying that you need to keep this pain relief drug somewhere where it will not be in children’s reach. This medicine can make your life a lot easier, but if you allow your kid to take it, you are in trouble.