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What should I know about tramadol before using it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Tramadol increases the risk of seizures for those with a seizure disorder.

If you are allergic to opioids, tramadol may not be a good option for you.

If you have ever attempted suicide, you should not take tramadol.

If you are prone to addiction, you should not take tramadol.

If you have severe kidney function impairment or severe liver function impairment, you should not take tramadol extended-release tablets.

If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or may be pregnant, tramadol may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

Tramadol is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for breastfeeding women.

If you have had a recent head injury, tramadol may not be a good option for you.
 

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