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.
- 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.