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Can I use Ryzolt if I have a history of breathing problems?

If you have a history of breathing problems -- such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sleep apnea -- talk to your doctor before taking Ryzolt (tramadol extended-release tablets), a prescription drug for moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. Some studies suggest that Ryzolt may be a good opioid pain medication option for people with pulmonary disorders because its use does not release histamine, a chemical that is known to aggravate breathing problems. However, opioid pain medications in general can worsen breathing conditions, so your doctor may monitor you closely or recommend a non-opioid pain medication instead.

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