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Is My Pain Medicine Addictive?

By    |   Monday, 05 May 2014 05:00 PM

Question: I take Tramadol — 50 milligrams, two tablets three times a day. Is this medicine addictive?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Tramadol is a pain medication. It is an opiate (narcotic drug) with serotonin and nor-epinephrine re-uptake inhibition, with numerous drug-drug interactions and cautions. Its use with antidepressants and certain herbs, including St. John's Wort, may be fatal. It is indeed a habit-forming drug that can cause withdrawal symptoms and physical dependence with long-term, high-dose use. Recreational use can be dangerous, and is associated with convulsions and death.
 
It is generally intended for short- to intermediate-term use, and is not usually the best choice for extended long-term pain management. I prefer to use agents with a cleaner and more predictable side-effects profile when possible.
 
Ask your prescribing doctor about other options.

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