As long as I can remember, I have been bothered by a stuffy nose, which causes difficulty breathing. Because I hate taking medicines, I have mostly just tolerated the symptoms. Now that I take a couple of Tramadol tabs every morning for my back and leg pain, I find that both nostrils are wide open and I can breathe freely all day long. I've experimented with this, too, alternating NOT taking the med and noticing stuffiness, then TAKING the tabs and almost immediately noticing my stuffy nose opening up, so I'm sure this is not just coincidental.
NOW --- has anyone else had such an experience, or am I just as weird as some say I am?
I've heard of hydrocodone clearing up, suppressing coughs, but not so much nasal congestion. And no, you're not as weird as some think you are. :-)
Who knows, there may be some ingredient in the tramadol that has an effect on you this way. Anything's possible, I suppose.
Best wishes, chris
14 Feb 2011
it wasn't tramadol but it was another analgesic that I had the same effect with so if people think you are weird then I am right along side of you, but I am not offended by that in the least, its good to have company!! Seriously, I mean that with all sincerity, there is a lot of caring people who are in this group of people who I am honored to be part of
14 Feb 2011
I have allergies, & when I've been on pain type of medicines, they did the same thing to me. My doctor told me that they actually dehydrate you, so be sure to drink lots of water! Take care.
10 Mar 2014
I realize it has been a few years since you posted this question but I just found it. And Yes, I have found that it does relieve my nasal stuffiness! I wish I knew what was causing the stuffiness and why Tramadol works. Just wanted you to know you are not alone.
30 Mar 2017
Old thread. But just had to add my 2 cents.
Tramadol shuts off the mucus. At least for this weirdo :-) Works better than any decongestant or expectorant. Which is why I'm here. Had to check if I was the only one. The effect is immediate and dramatic. I'm suffering from a terrible head cold and took a couple of Tramadols for the aches and pains. And, surprise, I got this much welcomed side effect. For several hours I don't sound sick. Otherwise I'm drowning, going through boxes of tissues.
18 Apr 2017
2 birds with one stone , Tramadol releaves my backpain and clears my sinuses
28 Dec 2017
I took some Tramadol in the wee hours of the morning for a raging headache, and it didn't do so much for the headache, but my sinuses cleared up for the first time in days. It wasn't your imagination.
13 Feb 2018
The reason it works is because Tramadol also acts as an SNRI. The increased action of norepinephrine likely produces the vasoconstriction in the nasal and sinus passages similar to that of pseudoephedrine.
11 Mar 2018
hello, yup me too so i guess we're all weirdo's lol i am amazed at how quickly it relieved my sinus after taking for rheumatoid pain...
18 Jun 2018
Yes it works for me 50mg a day and my head is clear and cough is gone,but I have a hard time finding a doc to give prescribed it. Richard
12 Dec 2018
Yes... I’m on Tramadol for back pain but I’m having problems with my sinuses/cold... decided to take half of a Tramadol and now I can breathe... my symptoms are gone, but it has made me dehydrated a little...
28 Apr 2020
I have chronic sinus infections with chronic nasal congestion. I take tramadol for back pain. I also noticed after taking Tramadol I can actually breath. It works better than anything else I have tried. I just happened to google this cuz I never heard of that, and saw your thread.
17 May 2020
Yes! Absolutely... It works better than Mucinex or Sudafed!!! ... if I take a Tramadol for pain, my sinuses clear up within an hour!!! It is Amazing!!! ... and it doesn’t dry you out like sinus meds.
30 May 2020
It does that for me too!
22 Mar 2021
After suffering with nasal drainage and coughing every night, I would never get a good night's sleep. Would end up sitting up in a recliner using too much cough syrup in desperation. Visited several specialist doctors, but all the meds, whether liquid or inhaler, only lasted 4-5 hours before waking back up choking and coughing (was not sleep apnea) and back to the recliner. It wrecks your schedule and you're dragged out. Accidentally, discovered taking tramadol for my migraine while having a cold miraculously cleared up my sinuses and slept like a baby for the first time in years ALL NIGHT and did not feel "hung over" the next morning as with the other meds prescribed. Now the question remains, "How long before this positive effect is recognized and used as such by the medical community?"