Before starting a course of Tramadol treatment there are certain points you should discuss with your doctor in order to make the course as effective as possible.
First thing you should inform your doctor about are the substances you are currently taking and the medical conditions you have. By substances you should denote any prescription, non-prescription or recreational drugs, dietary supplements, herbal solutions, vitamins as well as alcohol. You should devote more attention on the following types of substances when discussing Tramadol use with your doctor:
- narcotic analgesics
- mental disorder medications
- recreational drugs
Your doctor may warn you about the possibility of experiencing seizures (convulsions) while taking Tramadol. The probability of having seizures as a side effect with Tramadol is increased if you have previously experienced any of the following conditions:
- drug or alcohol abuse
- previously experienced seizures
- head injuries in the past
- metabolism issues
- taking antidepressants or muscle relaxants
Your doctor must examine your medical situation before making any suggestions about the risk of seizures for you while taking Tramadol. The situation depends on your individual conditions and if in some cases it is harmless to take the drug, in other cases seizures can be very bad with Tramadol.
Having allergic reactions to Tramadol or any of its components poses great danger to your health so you should inform your doctor about it when discussing Tramadol treatment. Make also sure to inform your physician about the following conditions if you were diagnosed with any of them:
- liver or kidney disorders
- stomach diseases
- clinical depression or mental disorders
These conditions should be studied carefully by your doctor in order to determine a dose of Tramadol that won’t affect them. There’s also a risk of increasing side effects probability with these conditions so be rather careful.
Tramadol is known to pose danger for the developing fetus sometimes resulting in fatal consequences so it should not be used by pregnant women or those who are expecting to become pregnant. Tramadol may pass with breast milk to the newborn and affect its development. So make sure to consult with your doctor about pregnancy and breastfeeding when discussing the treatment. There’s no sufficient information on the effects of Tramadol in children under the age of 18 years old so you should consult with your doctor about that before giving the medication to a minor.
Ask your doctor about the effects of Tramadol on attention and thinking. Sometimes Tramadol is known to impair perception therefore you should be very cautious or even avoid performing tasks that require awareness and concentration. It is highly recommended to learn how Tramadol affects your attention before operating any machinery, driving or performing complex mental tasks.
Do not consume alcohol or recreational drugs while taking Tramadol. These substances will increase the probability of developing negative side effects of the drug and may even alter the mechanism of its action. Therefore you should avoid taking any mind-altering drugs and alcohol during the treatment in order to avoid unpleasant and even harmful effects on your health.