Tramadol is one of the most widely used painkillers in the world. But, according to the best pathologist from Ireland, this drug wipes out more human lives than any other drug. Now, you probably ask yourself how such a popular pain reliever can be so dangerous even fatal for the human health!?
Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface
Millions of people around the world take Tramadol every day in order to relieve pain. This drug is in some way similar to the narcotic analgesics because it changes the way how the body responds to pain.
Most of the people who consume Tramadol do not realize how harmful this drug is. They think that Tramadol is safe because it is a prescription drug.
According to the statistics, in North Ireland, there were 33 deaths associated with this prescribed drug. In April 2016, a man from West Belfast died after taking several prescription drugs with Tramadol-reports BBC.
The Availability of Tramadol
Tramadol should only be available on prescription. In 2014, this opiate-based drug was reclassified as an illegal Class C drug without a prescription.
Taking drugs without a prescription is considered a criminal offense.
The anti-drug campaigners indicate that the number of people who tend to turn to the black market to get this drug is increasing every day.
The Professor Jack Crane worries that numerous of people will die unless an action is taken. That’s why he calls for a restriction on the black market.
According to him, Tramadol should be classified as Class A drug rather than Class C drug.
He explained that it was the effects of Tramadol, worsened by the presence of diazepam and alprazolam that pushed this man into a deep sleep, then into a coma and then he stopped breathing.
What Must You Know?
If you take Tramadol correctly and in prescribed amounts, it can’t cause any harm. But, if you combine it with alcohol and other drugs, it can be very dangerous.
If you have consumed tranquilizers, narcotic medications, alcohol or sedatives, you shouldn’t take Tramadol in the next few hours.
If you change the dose, it can affect and even stop your breathing.
Never take this painkiller in larger amounts than the ones prescribed.
Tramadol can be an addictive drug. So, it is very important for you to take the amounts your doctor has prescribed.
You mustn’t borrow or share Tramadol with another person because it is too risky and dangerous.
Pregnant women should avoid this drug as it can cause life-threatening symptoms in the newborn baby.
Never crush the Tramadol pill because it is only for oral use.
You should never inhale the powder from a crushed Tramadol because it can lead to overdose and death.
Drugs That Affect Tramadol
Tramadol can work together with many drugs. This combination can cause many side effect and even death. Don’t forget to inform your doctor of the medications you take, before you start using Tramadol.
- Narcotic medications – prescription cough or opioid pain medicine
- Drugs that make you sleepy or drugs that slow down the breathing– tranquilizer, sleeping pills, muscle relaxer, antipsychotic or sedative medicine
- Drugs that affect the level of serotonin in the body – medicines for depression, migraine headaches, severe infections, Parkinson’s disease or prevention of nausea and vomiting
Tramadol Side Effects
If you notice that you have any signs of allergic reactions to Tramadol such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, hives or difficulty breathing, immediately seek medical help.
Also, immediately call the doctor if you notice:
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Low levels of cortisol – weakness, loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or worsening tiredness
- Severe skin reactions – burning in the eyes, fever, skin pain, purple or red skin rash, or swelling of the face or tongue
Tramadol is forbidden for children. If somehow a child has taken this drug and has a noisy breathing, blue colored lips, slow breathing, and being unusually sleepy of hard to wake up, call your doctor as soon as possible.