Orally Disintegrating Tramadol
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A head injury or high intracranial pressure
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- Lung disease of any sort
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Tramadol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Tramadol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Orally Disintegrating Tramadol to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Orally disintegrating tramadol has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse, similar to morphine. Initially, tramadol (the active ingredient) was marketed as a pain medication with little potential for abuse.
However, healthcare providers quickly recognized that many of their patients had become addicted to tramadol. Now, the prescribing information for tramadol medications contains numerous different warnings about the potential for abuse.
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