Tramadol hydrochloride is a medication that is prescribed by a doctor, which is used to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain. If you or someone you know suffers from this kind of pain, then there's a good chance that you've heard of Tramadol before. However, most people don't know that it's not the only thing that this medicine can be used for. This article will briefly summarize the various uses of Tramadol, and give a description of how it helps to relieve pain.
It should be noted first of all that Tramadol was originally advertised as a medication which had weak narcotic effects, and therefore had little potential for abuse. Because of this, most doctors viewed the medication as a pretty safe drug for use in people who had a risk for abusing drugs, like people who had previous problems with drug or alcohol dependence. Since that time, however, more research has been done, which has concluded that this medicine works much in the same way that morphine does, and there have been many cases of abuse of and dependence on Tramadol. Therefore, it is recommended that patients who are at risk for abusing the medication should seek an alternative.
Use of Tramadol in Children
This medication is not approved for children who are under 16 years of age. It is best to talk to your child's doctor about an alternative to Tramadol, which has been approved for younger children.
Off-Label Uses for Tramadol?
While not common, your healthcare provider may recommend that you use this medication for something other than pain (referred to as "off-label" use). Currently, there is no universally accepted off-label use for Tramadol, but your doctor may prescribe it for another condition if he deems it necessary.
Pain: Doing What it Does Best
To summarize, the only common usage for Tramadol is to treat chronic pain. It it not generally used for a multitude of conditions, like other medications may be. It was designed to help relieve moderate to severe pain, and that's what it does best.
Tramadol works by focusing on the central nervous system (the spinal cord and brain) and treating pain the same way that morphine does. It bonds to certain opioid receptors ("mu" receptors) in the nervous system and blocks the pain signals that the brain sends throughout the body. It also works like an antidepressant, in that it inhibits the production of certain chemicals in the brain (serotonin and norepinephrine), which are used to relay pain signals through the nervous system.
If you've been looking for a reliable and effective way to relieve your pain, then consider talking to your doctor about Tramadol. While each case is different, it has been shown to be effective in treating pain, and it has thousands of supporters around the country which will testify to that fact. You can have freedom from your pain. Talk to your doctor today and see if this medication is right for you.