Is Tramadol Responsible for More Deaths than Any Other Drug?

Ireland’s top pathologist claims that Tramadol, the most popular painkiller in the world, is responsible for more deaths than any other kind of drug. How is this possible? How can such a popular medicine be so harmful for humans that it even leads to millions of deaths worldwide?

The danger of tramadol

The truth is that tramadol is used by millions of people around the globe on a daily basis, for all kinds of aches and pains. It has a similar effect to narcotic analgesics, changing the way your body responds to and feels pain. However, all of these people don’t have a clue how dangerous tramadol can be and live under the delusion that if it’s issued by a doctor it’s got to be safe for use.
According to statistical information from Northern Ireland, 33 people died from complications from tramadol. BBC reports that last April one man from west Belfast died after mixing some prescription drugs with tramadol.

Tramadol’s availability

Since tramadol is an opiate based drug is only available on prescription. Back in 2014 tramadol was reclassified as a class C medication which is illegal without a prescription.
Even though it’s illegal to possess drugs without a prescription many people turn to the black market when they want to purchase tramadol if their doctor hasn’t issued a prescription. This becomes an even bigger problem because people take this drug without their doctors’ knowledge and end up doing more harm than good.
Professor Jack Crane, a respected scientist, calls for a different approach to this problem. He says that tramadol should be reclassified into a class A drug and he believes that it may not resolve the problem entirely it will improve the situation.

Most important facts about Tramadol!

  • If you take tramadol correctly and as your doctor prescribed tramadol isn’t harmful on its own. But people make a mistake when they combine it with other medications and even worse with alcohol. This increases the risk and the dangers of the drug.
  • You shouldn’t take tramadol if you have taken alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or narcotics in the past couple of hours.
  • If you change the dose, your breathing will be affected momentarily and it can even cause you to stop breathing .
  • Never take tramadol in large amounts than what the doctor prescribed.
  • Tramadol is highly addictive so it’s important to remember not to take it in larger amounts than what the doctor prescribed or take it for longer periods of time.
  • Never share tramadol with people who haven’t been prescribed the drug, it can have deadly consequences
  • Pregnant women are advised to be extra careful with tramadol because it can have life-threatening consequences for the newborns.
  • Tramadol is only for oral use.
  • Never crush a tramadol pill or inhale or inject the powder, this can lead to an overdose and lead to death.

Drugs That Affect Tramadol

It’s especially important to remember that tramadol can have serious side-effects when combined with other drugs so before you start a tramadol therapy you have to tell your doctor about all the drugs and medications you’re currently taking.

Tramadol shouldn’t be combined with:

  • Narcotic drugs
  • Muscle relaxers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, sedatives or antipsychotic medicine
  • Drugs for headaches, migraine, depression, serious infections, Parkinson’s disease or anti-nausea medications

Be advised that aside from these above mentioned medications there are many others that might interact with tramadol adversely.

Tramadol Side Effects

Tramadol can have some serious side-effects. If you notice symptom of allergy like difficulty breathing, swelling, hives or something similar you need to call your doctor immediately.

You should consult whit your doctor as well if you notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Weak/shallow breathing
  • Infertility
  • If you feel like you’re dizzy, the urge for vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite or fatigue
  • Adverse reactions on the skin

Important warning: Tramadol shouldn’t be given to children under no circumstances!

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