Tramadol Responsible for More Deaths than Any Other Drug
According to a top pathologist from Ireland, Tramadol, the most widely used painkiller worldwide, wipes out more human lives than any other drug. You will probably wonder how such a popular painkiller can be so dangerous even lethal for the human health!?
Danger Lurks Beneath the Surface
Thousands of people take Tramadol on a daily basis in order to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is in some way similar to the narcotic analgesics since it changes the way how the body feels and responds to pain.
Unfortunately, most of them do not realize how dangerous this drug is. They believe it is safe since it is a prescription drug.
Statistically, there were 33 deaths in North Ireland associated with Tramadol. As BBC reported, in April 2016 one west Belfast man died after taking several prescription drugs with Tramadol.
Tramadol can interact with many drugs thus causing many dangerous side effect or even death. So, before you start using Tramadol, inform your doctor of all your current medicines.
- Narcotic medications – prescription cough or opioid pain medicine
- Drugs that slow down the breathing or drugs that make you sleepy – muscle relaxer, sleeping pills, tranquilizer, sedative or antipsychotic medicine
- Drugs that affect the level of serotonin in the body – medicines for migraine headaches, depression, severe infections, Parkinson’s disease or prevention of vomiting and nausea
However, these are not the only drugs that interact with Tramadol, there are much more including the over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, and vitamins.
Tramadol Side Effects
If you have any signs of allergic reactions to Tramadol such as difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the lips, face, throat or tongue immediately seek medical help.
Also, call the doctor if you have:
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Low levels of cortisol – vomiting, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness or worsening tiredness
- Severe skin reactions – skin pain, fever, purple or red skin rash, swelling of the tongue or face and burning in the eyes
Tramadol is strongly forbidden for children. If a child has taken it and experiences sighing, noisy breathing, slow breathing, blue colored lips and being unusually sleepy of hard to wake up.