Tramadol is a narcotic-like drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It exhibits an effect similar to that of opioids. It is one of the most abused drug of this generation. It is used illegally by both men and women and has become a serious problem for many countries. The relationship between tramadol and sexual function appears to be controversial. Men with premature ejaculation (PE) may benefit from taking tramadol for sexual function. However, these patients are taking a risk and are more likely to develop other sexual dysfunctions.
Normal Use Of Tramadol
The drug is a painkiller which helps to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol is similar to opioid (narcotic) analgesics. It brings relief to the patient by acting on the brain to alter how your body feels and responds to pain. Any other use of the drug asides this is not advisable. The extended-release form of tramadol is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.
When Should I avoid Tramadol?
Do not take this medication if you have:
- Severe breathing problems e.g asthma
- Blockage in your stomach or intestines
- Recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotic medication, or an MAO inhibitor (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others).
What Are The Precautions And Dangers Of Tramadol?
- Avoid this drug if you used sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications within the past few hours. It can lead to overdose, and even death.
- The drug can slow or stop you from breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed.
- Tramadol is best taken by mouth to avoid potentially fatal dose. Using this medicine by inhalation or injection can cause life-threatening side effects, overdose, or death.
- Do not use this drug without a prescription or share it with another person. Misuse of narcotic pain medication can cause addiction, overdose or death especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
- Tramadol is not good for pregnant women. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. It is safer to use acetaminophen.
- Tramadol and alcohol do not go together. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with tramadol.
- Avoid this drug if you are allergic to it.
- Avoid tramadol if you have serious breathing problems like asthma, pneumonia, etc; it can worsen your condition.
- It can cause a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
- Seizures have occurred in some people taking it. Talk with your doctor about your seizure risk, which may be higher if you have: a history of head injury, epilepsy or other seizure disorder.
- Tramadol may be habit-forming even at regular doses. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor to avoid addiction.
- Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking this medicine.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, give them naloxone if available, then call for emergency. Other symptoms of overdose may include: slow breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, coma, seizure severe drowsiness, vomiting, cold and clammy skin, fainting, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, nervous or anxious feeling, itching, sweating, flushing and DEATH.
Tramadol could be an efficient way of helping men deal with premature ejaculation. But as with all other medical treatments, it’s only a temporary solution and can cause other problems. You are at risk of having side effects – it’s an opioid after all, and so a strong drug. And there’s still much research needed into the long-term effectiveness and whether it’s better than other treatments.
There’s also the risk of addiction, dependency, abuse or whatever you want to call it. And although researchers say the risk is minimal, it could still happen to you. And if you have a history of drug use or addiction – I would try something else instead.
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Ochemba Callistus Chinedu is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory science and hopes to become a Medical Lab Scientist. He enjoys reading, writing, traveling, general health, and learning new things.