Tramadol is a very powerful analgesic and is a prescription-only. It comes in several forms. The active substance is tramadol in the form of hydrochloride. It is classified as an opioid drug. It affects the central nervous system, and its analgesic properties result from inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine at the neuronal level and increasing the release of serotonin. Tramadol is also antitussive.
The drug is used to treat pain in patients of strong or moderate intensity. The drug should be used strictly according to the doctor’s instructions. The drug is taken orally, regardless of meals. It is important to swallow both tablets and capsules whole. They must not be chewed or divided. In the case of drops, tramadol should be taken with a small amount of liquid or sugar.