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Type Psychoactive
Legal Status Class C
Tramadol is is a synthetic opioid chemically similar to codeine and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It depresses the central nervous system, and acts as an analgesic, cough suppressant, and sedative.
Addiction Potential
Tramdol has a high potential for addiction as tolerance builds.
Short Term Effects
Tramadol causes relaxation, sleepiness, pain relief, mild euphoria, warmth and a feeling of well-being. However, it may also result in dizziness, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, headaches, sleepiness, sweating, tiredness, vomiting. Other risks include interaction with other medicines such as anti-depressants and other pain killers - get medical advice if you have taken this drug with other medicines. Risks also include respiratory depression, convulsions, accidents, confusion and overdose.
Long Term Effects
Tolerance resulting in physical and psychological dependence, and risk of overdose.
Death Data
Recent years have seen an increase in Tramadol related deaths.