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Tramadol hydrochloride 50mg capsules
Tramadol Hydrochloride 50mg capsules
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- What Tramadol capsules are and what they are used for
- Before you take
- How to take
- Possible side effects
- How to store
- Further information
1. What Tramadol capsules are and what they are used for
Tramadol hydrochloride is one of a group of medicines called centrally acting analgesics and are used for the relief of moderate or severe pain.
2. Before you take
Do not take Tramadol capsules and tell your doctor if you:
- are allergic (hypersensitive) to tramadol hydrochloride, or any of the ingredients (see section 6).
- are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding.
- have recently taken alcohol, sleeping tablets, other strong pain killers or medicines to treat mental illness.
- have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant within the last two weeks.
- have severe liver, kidney or lung (breathing) problems.
- suffer from epilepsy (fits) not controlled by treatment from your doctor.
- are undergoing treatment to withdraw from use of narcotics.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Tramadol capsules if you:
- have been or are presently addicted to alcohol or any other drug.
- have epilepsy or suffered head injury or raised pressure in the skull (may cause painful eyes, changes in vision or headache behind the eyes).
- have liver, kidney or lung (breathing) problems which are not severe.
- are in shock following a severe injury or blood loss.
- are sensitive to opiates.
Other important warnings:
taking a painkiller for headaches too often or for too long can make them worse.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs, e.g. moclobemide), or have taken these within the last 2 weeks.
- any opioid medicines which include strong pain killers such as morphine, pethidine, buprenorphine, nalbuphine and pentazocine.
- medicines which slow your reactions and breathing down.
- carbamazepine (for epilepsy or nerve pain).
- sleeping tablets.
- cimetidine (for gastric ulcers).
- ketoconazole or erythromycin (for infections).
- ondansetron (to prevent feeling or being sick).
- warfarin (for thinning the blood).
- medicines to treat depression (including fluoxetine, paroxetine, amitriptyline or lofepramine).
- medicines to treat anxiety or mental illness.
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
Do not take Tramadol capsules if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breast-feeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Tramadol capsules may make you feel drowsy, dizzy or in rare cases blur your vision. This may be made worse if you drink alcohol or take other medicines such as strong painkillers with tramadol. Make sure you are not affected before you drive or operate machinery.
3. How to take
Always take Tramadol capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
You are advised NOT to drink alcohol with this medicine.
The effects of Tramadol capsules are not affected by food.
Swallow these capsules whole with a glass of water at the same times each day.
- Adults and children aged 12 years and over
Acute pain (such as after an operation): One to two capsules three to four times a day. To be taken for as long as prescribed by your doctor.
Chronic pain (such as that associated with cancer): one or two capsules at first, then one to two capsules every 4 to 6 hours according to the severity of your pain.
Take no more than eight capsules (400mg) in any 24 hour period unless told to by your doctor.
- Elderly: One to two capsules every 9 hours.
- Patients with liver or kidney impairment: One to two capsules every 12 hours.
- Children: Not recommended for use in children aged under 12 years.
How long should you take Tramadol Capsules
You should not take Tramadol Capsules for longer than necessary. If you need to be treated for a longer period, your doctor will check at regular short intervals (if necessary with breaks in treatment) whether you should continue to take Tramadol Capsules and at what dose. If you have the impression that the effect of Tramadol Capsules is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of capsules at the same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. Signs of an overdose include narrowed pupils, being sick, heart problems, sleepiness, coma, fits and breathing difficulties.
If you forget to take the capsules
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.
If you stop taking the capsules
Do not stop treatment early because you may experience withdrawal effects. If you stop taking the capsules you may develop agitation, anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, tremor, over-activity, pins and needles or ringing in the ears. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking the capsules and follow their advice.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Tramadol capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following effects or any effects not listed.
Contact your doctor at once if you experience:
- an allergic reaction: itching, skin rashes, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, narrowing of airways, worsening of existing asthma, shock or collapse.
- slowed breathing - usually when high doses of Tramadol capsules are being taken or with other medicines that slow breathing.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects or notice any other effects not listed:
- Very common (more than 1 in 10 users): dizziness, feeling sick.
- Common (less than 1 in 10 users): increased sweating, tiredness, drowsiness, sleepiness, headache, stomach ache, dry mouth, being sick, constipation.
- Uncommon (less than 1 in 100 users): itchy rash, itching, fast heart beat, palpitations and sudden heart problems, dizziness on standing up due to low blood pressure, diarrhoea, retching and bloating.
- Rare (less than 1 in 1000 users): extreme sense of wellbeing (euphoria), false sense of uneasiness (dysphoria), confusion, hallucinations (sensing things that are not real), altered mental state (delirium), changes in ability to think or sense clearly, sleeping problems (including nightmares), anxiety, ‘pins and needles’, tremor, muscle spasms, fits, fainting, blurred vision, slow heart beat, high blood pressure, changes in appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty urinating or inability to urinate.
- Very rare (less than 1 in 10,000 users): flushing.
- Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data): changes in liver enzyme levels (detected through blood tests), speech disorders.
You may become dependent on the tablets and find it difficult to stop taking them or feel you need to take them more often than necessary. If you stop taking the tablets suddenly you may suffer from withdrawal reactions (see section 3 for withdrawal symptoms).
5. How to store
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not use Tramadol capsules after the expiry date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Tramadol capsules contain
- The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablet work) is tramadol hydrochloride.
- The other ingredients are pregelatinised starch, microcrystalline cellulose (E460), magnesium stearate
- The capsule shell contains gelatin, iron oxide (E172), titanium dioxide (E171), indigo carmine (E132). The printing ink contains shellac glaze, iron oxide black (E172) and propylene glycol.
What Tramadol capsules look like and contents of the pack
Tramadol capsules are yellow and green, opaque, hard gelatin capsules.
Pack sizes are 30 and 100.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
Date of revision: May 2012
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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