I'd never give a teenager a drug that is adictive, Tramadol is, so I say it is not safe to give her. Getting her on the pill can help with menstral symptoms and simple over the counter medication like Midol will help greatly. Have her sit with a heating pad to help with the pain.
I agree that Tramadol can be addictive but it can also be a good medicine. Why should a teen suffer greatly just because she is a teen? Pain is pain no matter what age you are! I would use the Tramadol as a last resort though. Has she tried any other drugs like anti-inflammatories? Anaprox or naproxen can be very good for menstrual complaints. If she has tried a lot of other medications and the cramps are severe and limiting her normal activities then Tramadol may be a good option but I would want to keep a close watch on her taking it to be sure she uses it properly and only takes for bad cramps and nothing else. Trouble with meds comes when people start using it for reasons other than prescribed, because they like the "feel" of a drug. Not everyone who uses a pain med gets addicited, in fact most folks dont! Tramadol is considered an "opiate like" drug. It is not chemically an opiate.
It is not a derivative of opium but it does affect the opioid receptors in the body. It also has some antidepressant properties. It can very well be a good drug when used properly and conservatively. It is your choice Mom! If you think your teen has tried other options to no avail and you feel she can handle the drug safely then go ahead and let her try it. If she hasnt tried other options then you might look into those first. Try the anti-inflammatories. Also heat can help to relieve cramps so the heating pad idea is a good one. Some girls and women have really debilitating mentstrual cramps to where they are absolutely sick and cannot function for the first few days of their period. If this is the case with your daughter then a trial of the Tramadol might be a life saver for her.
If at any way possible I would avoid that at all costs. No matter how many people say that Tramadol/Ultram is not addictive, they will never convince me! I know because I have taken Tramadol for 16 years now and from the first, I loved it. It helped my pain, made me feel better, just elevated my mood. Now I'm on 400 mg a day. and God forbid I go a day without it. Not pleasant at all. I've never felt so awful as I do if I don't take Tramadol. It's like the flu on steroids. I would ask the doc to try something else. I hope my experience helps and I also hope your daughter feels better. I've been there on the menstrual cramps too. Good luck to you both!
Don't take this this wrong way I am not trying to be mean, but don't give your teenage daughter tramadol for menstrual cramps. It is one of the worse drugs out there. I have been struggling with these pills for two years. There are many over the counter things that are very strong that don't have an opiate or opiate like agent in them.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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