Tramadol is meant to be swallowed whole. If it was meant to dissolve in the mouth your Rx label would specifically say to dissolve in the mouth. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist. Here is what the literature states:Take tramadol exactly as prescribed. Never take tramadol in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Tramadol can be taken with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Do not crush, chew, or break a tramadol tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. This medicine is for oral (by mouth) use only. Powder from a crushed tablet should not be inhaled or diluted with liquid and injected into the body. Using this medicine by inhalation or injection can cause life-threatening side effects, overdose, or death.
There is a form that is a disentigrating tablet called Rybix ODT that is dissolved in the mouth. Here are the directions:To take tramadol orally disintegrating tablets (Rybix ODT):
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it.
Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away.
Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. If desired, you may drink liquid to help swallow the dissolved tablet.
This is the only form of Tramadol to be taken this way and you would know if it were this form because it would come in a special individual blister/foil pack. If your Tramadol is in a bottle, it is the kind to swallow whole.
As I said before, if you are in doubt about which form you have, consult your pharmacist.
Hi, you can get an orally dissolving version of Tramadol, but it isn't available in all countries, i've copied and pasted a paragraph confirming this from 'Wisegeek' website...
"Tramadol is an opiate painkiller prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain, usually for short periods of time. The medication comes in several different oral tablet forms, both in generic form and under several different brand names. Tramadol tablets are divided into different groups depending on their strength, whether they are mixed with other medications, and whether they are immediate or extended release. Most tramadol tablets are either round or oblong shaped and are swallowed. Dissolving oral tablets are available for patients who have trouble swallowing medications".
If you have the orally dissolving form then let it dissolve on your tongue. Don't try it with standard tablets or capsules though because, as one member has stated, it tastes horrendous! But can also actually be dangerous if a capsule dissolves in you throat.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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