What Is Tramadol ? Tramadol is a strong painkiller. It's used to treat moderate to severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury. Tramadol works by blocking pain signals from travelling along the nerves to the brain. Key Points- The most common side effects of tramadol are feeling sick and dizzy. It's possible to become addicted to tramadol, but this is rare if you're taking it to relieve pain and your doctor is reviewing your treatment regularly. It's best not to drink alcohol with tramadol as you're more likely to get side effects like feeling sleepy. Tramadol is also called by the brand names Invodol, Larapam, Mabron, Maneo, Marol, Maxitram, Oldaram, Tilodol, Tradorec, Tramquel, Tramulief, Zamadol, Zeridame and Zydol. Uses Of Tramadol ? · Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. · Tramadol may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications. How Tramadol Works ? Tramadol belongs to a class of drugs called opioid agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Tramadol works by changing how your brain senses pain. Tramadol is similar to substances in your brain called endorphins. Endorphins bind to receptors (parts of cells that receive a certain substance). The receptors then decrease the pain messages that your body sends to your brain. Tramadol works in a similar way to decrease the amount of pain your brain thinks you’re having. Side Effects of Tramadol? The more common side effects of tramadol can include: dizziness headache drowsiness nausea and vomiting constipation lack of energy sweating dry mouth How to take tramadol This dosage information is for tramadol oral tablet. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on: your age the condition being treated how severe your condition is other medical conditions you have how you react to the first dose Before taking this medicine You should not take tramadol if you are allergic to it, or if you have: · severe asthma or breathing problems; · stomach or bowel obstruction (including paralytic ileus); · if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications; or · if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days (such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine).