What Is Orally Disintegrating Tramadol Used For?

How Does Orally Disintegrating Tramadol Work?

Tramadol is classified as a "centrally acting opioid analgesic." This means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. And like morphine, orally disintegrating tramadol binds to certain opioid receptors in the body known as μ ("mu") receptors.
Orally disintegrating tramadol also works a little like some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of certain chemicals in the brain (serotonin and norepinephrine). These are two of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
As a message travels down a nerve, it causes the end of the cell to release serotonin or norepinephrine. The serotonin or norepinephrine enters the gap between the first nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough serotonin or norepinephrine reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell and the message continues on its way. The first cell then quickly absorbs any serotonin or norepinephrine that remains in the gap between cells; this is called "reuptake."

Can Children Use It?

Orally disintegrating tramadol is not approved for use in children or teens (i.e., anyone under the age of 17).

Is Orally Disintegrating Tramadol Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This would be known as an "off-label" use. There are currently no universally accepted off-label uses for orally disintegrating tramadol.
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