Recently, I have encountered a doctor and several nurses who claim tramadol functions like an NSAID. I see nowhere that is does in my reading. Also, I take tramadol with an NSAID and have for 9 years. Does anybody know why these professionals are so sure that tramadol works as a NSAID ?
Tramadol has no anti inflammatory qualities. They both relieve pain if that's what they mean. I don't know where they'd get that idea.
Kaismama and I are both nurses and we both know that Tramadol has no anti-inflammatory actions. Tramadol relieves pain and it is chemically similar to antidepressants but not NSAIDs. The only similarity that Tramadol and NSAIDs have is that they relieve pain. I dont know where they got the idea that tramadol and NSAIDs are the same unless they are thinking of antidepressants and confusing that with NSAIDs. Tramadol does have similarities to certain antidepressants.
There is an NSAID named Toradol which is commonly confused with Tramadol (the narcotic). It may be the case that someone is mixing up the NSAID pain reliever Toradol with the narcotic pain reliever Tramadol. Happens all the time.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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