Tramadol Side Effects
Notify your healthcare provider if you develop serious side effects of tramadol, such as seizures, a rapid heart rate, or difficulty breathing. In most cases, however, people have no problems; any side effects that occur are typically easy to treat. Common side effects include constipation, nausea, and drowsiness. Other, less common side effects may include depression, weight loss, and concentration problems.
An Introduction to Tramadol Side EffectsJust like any medicine, tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with tramadol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of tramadol side effects with you.)
Serious Side Effects Seen With TramadolSome tramadol side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Seizures (see Tramadol and Seizures)
- The urge to take more tramadol than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose (see Tramadol Abuse)
- Signs of serotonin syndrome (see Tramadol and Serotonin Syndrome), such as:
- Slow or irregular breathing
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Difficulty breathing.