This question has also been asked and answered here: Is tramadol a narcotic?
There is so much controversy over this medication! Many people consider it a narcotic, and the FDA at this point has classified it as non-narcotic (I believe), yet it is an opioid, a synthetic opiate, and it has SNRI qualities to it.
It is used for short term pain management, such as dental pain, and is very effective for that. If one takes it for an extended period of time, tis addictive (as jenail said) and unpleasant to withdraw off of.
Please be very careful with this medication, and if you've been on it a long time, and want off of it, one must do a very slow taper to get off.
Best wishest to you,
Sweetlemon is correct. I have been told by a doctor that they reason they like to prescribe it is the fact that the ingredients don't have the narcotic effects until they enter your body, & you body chemistry makes them act as a narcotic. The pill itself is non narcotic, but be careful with it. You can become addicted as many on here will tell you so. Just my thoughts...
YES! Tramadol hydrochloride IS a narcotic! It's like a VERY weak morphine (Opiate) (An old insert even stated "Morphine like") My doctor told me it was a narcotic because i was taking Tramadol hydrochloride for my lower back before i started seeing her and she gave me Hydrocodone and told me not to be mixing them... And the script had her DEA # on it as well!, Taking enough can be "Potent" Especially taking it with Xanax!
My PDR does not show it as a narcotic, however my pain management doctor says it's a class III narcotic. My PDR says that it "binds to our opioid receptors". So I'm a bit confused as well. I'm a Medical Assistant and have been since 2003 and I'm confused by all this talk of tramadol being a narcotic. I plan on talking to my pharmacist tomorrow. Will update as soon as I get a clearer answer.
Legally, chemically? Probably, empirically absolutely. After stopping completely after many years daily use, the withdrawals were terrible many physical flu like symptoms, weak burning limbs, restless arms legs at night.
The mental symptoms were if anything much worse but that is a different story.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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