TRAMADOL

RELATED TERMS: ULTRAM, TRAMAL.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol, like other opiates, stimulates brain opioid receptors but it also increases brain serotonin levels. It is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is only available with a prescription from your doctor. Other opiates include codeine, methadone and heroin.

Although tramadol is not as strong as heroin, it shares many of the same effects and both are addictive.

Tramadol can:

  • Produce feelings of warmth and well-being, relaxation and sleepiness.
  • Cause fatigue, drowsiness, loss of appetite, nausea and retching, diarrhoea, and dizziness or fainting.
  • Worsen side-effects and risks when used with certain antidepressants that tend to increase serotonin levels.

See also: opiate/opioid painkillers

10th June 2014 – Tramadol is now a Class C drug

What does tramadol look like?

Tramadol is usually available as white pills, tablets or coloured capsules, although liquid forms are produced.