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FAQ

Tramadol

Answer from the pharmacist

Tramadol belongs to the group of medicines called morphine-like painkillers or opioids. It has a strong analgesic effect. Doctors prescribe it for pain. A damaged part of the body sends a to the brain via sensory nerves. The brain responds to this by moving, for example, pulling away the hands from a heat source, and with emotions, such as fear. In many situations these reactions are useful, but in sickness, operations and previous injuries is often not so. In case of pain, the doctor usually first prescribes a simple painkiller, such as paracetamol, acetosal or ibuprofen. Then paracetamol often with codeine. If that does not work sufficiently, the doctor sometimes prescribes tramadol. Tramadol ensures that the in the brain does not arrive or arrives less strongly. This makes you feel the pain less and you react more calmly. With the regular tablets and drops you will notice that the pain decreases within one hour. The suppositories work within two to three hours. The effect of the suppositories and regular capsules lasts six to eight hours. The modified-release tablets and capsules work for about 12 hours or about 24 hours. The after-effect of tramadol is therefore limited, up to a maximum of 24 hours. When tramadol is used for long periods (months), there is a chance of habituation and dependence. In your case, it is advisable to take tramadol during the holiday in case of pain. Taking it alone is not enough to also get through the holiday without problems.