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Tramadol ER

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Tramadol ER?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
  • Seizures or epilepsy
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • A head injury or high intracranial pressure
  • Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Lung disease of any sort
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • A history of drug or alcohol dependence
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Tramadol ER to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

Abuse Potential

Tramadol ER has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse, similar to morphine. Initially, tramadol (the active ingredient in tramadol ER) was marketed as a pain medication with very little potential for abuse. However, healthcare providers quickly recognized that many of their patients had become addicted to tramadol. Now, the prescribing information for tramadol medications (including tramadol ER) contains numerous different warnings about the potential for abuse.
 
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