Tramadol for Catheter-related Bladder Discomfort Tramadol for Catheter-related Bladder Discomfort
Might the antimuscarinic effect of tramadol reduce the symptoms of post-operative catheter-related bladder discomfort?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Prescribing patterns of tramadol in adults in IMS ® primary care databases in France and Germany between 1 January 2006 and 30 June 2016 - Hedenmalm K, Slattery J, Skibicka-Stepien I, Kurz X, Morales D.
This study aimed to characterise prescribing patterns for tramadol in primary care in France and Germany and identify long-term treat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Seizures in tramadol overdoses reported in the ToxIC registry: predisposing factors and the role of naloxone - Murray BP, Carpenter JE, Dunkley CA, Moran TP, Alfaifi M, Alsukaiti WS, Kazzi Z.
IMPORTANCE: Tramadol prescriptions have increased as fewer schedule II and III drugs are prescribed. There has been a concomitant increase in overdoses and adverse events recorded in the National Poison Data System. Seizure activity after tramadol overdose... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Benzos, Opioids and Z-Drugs: Deadly Combos
With all the news media accounts and reports from governmental health organizations about the opioid epidemic, including the 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017, a newly emerging threat is gaining attention: use and misuse of benzodiazepines, opioid drugs and Z-drugs. Specifically, combining these three drugs can create a deadly combination that snuffs out lives. Benzodiazepine Overdose Deaths on the Rise Benzodiazepines, a class of sedative narcotic drugs including Xanax and Valium used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other disorders and classified as Schedule IV under the Controlled Substances Act by the Drug Enforcement ...
Source: Psych Central - January 23, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse Suicide Source Type: news

Notes from the field: fentanyl drug submissions - United States, 2010-2017 - Springer YP, Gladden RM, O'Donnell J, Seth P.
In 2017, the United States recorded 70,237 drug overdose deaths; among these, 47,600 (67.8%) involved an opioid, and 28,466 (40.5%) involved a synthetic opioid other than methadone (e.g., fentanyl and tramadol) (1). During 2013 –2017, sustained growt... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

'Fit and well' woman swallowed her tramadol tablets while STILL in the foil packet
A woman from Northern Ireland swallowed the plastic and foil packet in the middle of the night and forgot about it, she claims, and hospital doctors couldn't find it for more than two weeks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors in poor areas prescribe up to FOUR times as many high-strength opioid painkillers
Researchers from the universities of Nottingham and Manchester found doctors in Blackpool and St Helens prescribe the most opioid painkillers such as codeine, tramadol and morphine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA admits popular medications can cause life-threatening breathing problems in kids
(Natural News) The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned against the administration of medications containing codeine and tramadol, saying in an official statement that these opiod drugs can cause “life-threatening breathing problems,” particularly in children below the age of 12. “Some children and adults break down codeine and tramadol into their active... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rybix ODT (Tramadol Hydrochloride Orally Disintegrating Tablets) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - December 14, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Congolese Bags 4 Years for Tramadol Exportation
[Daily Trust] Lagos -A Congo national, Mampouya Zitou Felix, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for attempting to export 26.900 kilograms of Tramadol, a banned drug to his country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lyrica vs. Tramadol
Title: Lyrica vs. TramadolCategory: MedicationsCreated: 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - December 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Stemming the Tide of Drug Abuse
[This Day] Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the recent seizure of about N340 million worth of Tramadol at Apapa Port in Lagos by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency is a call to action against the increasing menace of drug abuse. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 28, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GP practices prescribe controlled drugs electronically in NHS Digital pilot
A small number of GP practices have been selected to electronically prescribe controlled drugs (CDs) as part of a pilot scheme, NHS Digital has announced.  A total of 10 practices based in Yorkshire, the North West and London and using the Emis Health and Vision systems, started with the pilot on 2 October.  They are now able to prescribe drugs such as morphine and tramadol that it was previously not possible to send through the electronic prescription service (EPS). Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 8, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the difference between tramadol and hydrocodone?
Tramadol and hydrocodone are opioid medications that doctors prescribe for pain. Here, learn their uses, possible risks, and the differences between them. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Is extra monitoring a solution for opioid abuse? Proposal would send high-dose users to special pain units
(Natural News) British doctors are calling for stricter rules in the management of painkillers in order to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. These medical professionals are now suggesting that patients who are given highly powerful opioids such as oxycodone and tramadol should be referred to special pain units who would then conduct monthly reviews. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What's the difference between Vicodin and tramadol?
Tramadol and Vicodin are pain relief medications that a doctor may prescribe when over-the-counter (OTC) medications do not prove effective. Both medications are opioids and are very powerful. They both have side effects and interactions with other drugs. Learn more about the difference between Tramadol and Vicodin. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacy / Pharmacist Source Type: news

Tramadol use in Norway: a register-based population study - Birke H, Ekholm O, Sj øgren P, Fredheim O, Clausen T, Skurtveit S.
PURPOSE: Increasing use of tramadol for chronic non-cancer pain is concerning since tramadol users may be at risk of developing recurrent opioid use with increasing opioid consumption and co-medication. Therefore, we investigated a complete national cohort... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Central Africa:Trade-Offs in Managing Tramadol Abuse in Central Africa
[ISS] Tramadol is increasingly being used as a recreational drug across Central Africa. The illegal trade and non-medical use of this synthetic opioid poses risks for health and security. Health practitioners are faced with the dilemma of restricting its availability to curb abuse, at the expense of patients who need it to relieve pain. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

July 30, 2018: Two People Guilty of Distributing Tramadol Pills
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 31, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

FDA takes action against 53 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of a comprehensive effort to target illegal online sales
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has warned nine online networks, operating a total of 53 websites, that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol and oxycodone. Companies who fail to correct the violations, as outlined in the warning letters, may be subject to enforcement action, including product seizure or injunction. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured FDA Regulatory Affairs Source Type: news

FDA takes action against 53 websites marketing unapproved opioids as part of a comprehensive effort to target illegal online sales
FDA announced that it has warned nine online networks, operating a total of 53 websites, that they must stop illegally marketing potentially dangerous, unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medications, including tramadol and oxycodone. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - June 5, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Tramadol emboldens vigilantes to fight Boko Haram
Tramadol is meant to treat severe pain - but in Nigeria it's being used by fighters. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'I took 57 painkillers a day to get high'
Cheap and easy to obtain, the painkiller Tramadol has millions of Egyptians hooked on getting high. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morris Animal Foundation study shows drug comes up short in osteoarthritis pain relief
(Morris Animal Foundation) Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers from the University of Georgia, have found that tramadol was ineffective in alleviating signs of pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. The research team published their results in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gabapentin vs. Tramadol
Title: Gabapentin vs. TramadolCategory: MedicationsCreated: 3/22/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/22/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - March 22, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

NHS prescriptions for 'seductive' opioid painkillers surges by 80 per cent in ten years
PRESCRIPTIONS for powerful painkillers have soared by 80 per cent in a decade, figures showed yesterday. Doctors in England issued 23.8 million opioid drugs last year, such as tramadol – on which TV star Ant McPartlin, 42, became hooked after a knee operation. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

March 12, 2018: Champaign, Illinois, Resident Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Producing and Selling Over 80,000 Homemade Tramadol Capsules to Customers without Verifying Prescriptions
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Specialist units not GPs should control pain killer use
Doctors are doling out opioids such as tramadol and oxycodone in huge numbers, driving an escalating crisis in addiction to prescription drugs. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cameroon:'Tramadol Is a Social Malaise'
[Cameroon Tribune] Dr Agwe Samuel, Mental Health Specialist, South West Regional Delegation of Public Health, Buea. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tramadol: The powerful painkiller that is 'legal but addictive'
SOLD as a powerful painkiller, Tramadol is a “Class C” drug from the opiate group which includes heroin and methadone. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid tramadol destabilizes, fuels terror in parts of Africa, UN warns
The illegal trade and growing abuse of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, are destabilizing parts of West Africa, especially in the Sahel region, where it is fueling terror groups and providing revenue for them to carry out attacks, UN officials and security experts say. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel
The UN's drugs agency warns smuggling of the opioid tramadol, used by Boko Haram, must be stopped. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

November 28, 2017: Champaign, Illinois, Resident Guilty of Producing and Selling Over 80,000 Homemade Tramadol Capsules to Customers Without Verifying Prescriptions
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - December 4, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Tramadol effects on physical performance and sustained attention during a 20-min indoor cycling time-trial: A randomised controlled trial - Holgado D, Zandonai T, Zabala M, Hopker J, Perakakis P, Luque-Casado A, Ciria L, Guerra-Hernandez E, Sanabria D.
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of tramadol on performance during a 20-min cycling time-trial (Experiment 1), and to test whether sustained attention would be impaired during cycling after tramadol intake (Experiment 2). DESIGN: Randomized, d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

November 2017 RxNorm Release Available for Download
The RxNorm November 2017 Release is now available for download. The November release is consistent with the 2017AB Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Release Files. A new Qualitative Distinction “Matrix Delivery” is included to help distinguish tramadol containing drugs that cannot be prescribed interchangeably with other tramadol drugs. (Source: UMLS News)
Source: UMLS News - November 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Nigeria:Rising Drug Abuse
[This Day] Everyday, over a 500,000 bottles of codeine are consumed by young Nigerians across the country, same with the intake of tramadol, rohypnol, marijuana, and other opioids, an alarming trend that has subtly eaten deeply into the Nigerian fabric with children of all classes having a field day abusing these drugs. But parents, stakeholders and the society continue to live in self-denial as a time bomb waits to explode. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A 15-year overview of increasing tramadol utilisation and associated mortality and the impact of tramadol classification in the United Kingdom - Chen TC, Chen LC, Knaggs RD.
This study aimed to develop hypotheses to explain the increasing tramadol utilisation, evaluate the impact of tramadol classification, and explore the trend between tramadol utilisation and related deaths in the United Kingdom. METHODS: Th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Ghana: High Dose Tramadol Floods Market
[Business Day] President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), Pharm. Benjamin Kwame Botwe has warned against the high proliferation and abuse of high dose tramadol on the market. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Opioid painkiller overdoses more than double in a decade
Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readilyThe number of patients admitted to hospital for overdosing on powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers has more than doubled in a decade, with doctors saying it is the “very worrying” consequence of the drugs being prescribed too readily.Data from NHS Digital shows an increase in people attending hospital with poisoning from prescription opioids such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone,fentanyl and tramadol rising from 4,891 in 2005-06 to 11,660 last year in England.Continue reading......
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Drugs Health NHS Science Society UK news Source Type: news

FDA to Examine Opioids in Kids' Cough Meds ... Again
(MedPage Today) -- Special meeting to focus on products with codeine and tramadol (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - August 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Tramadol: for Pain (Ultram, Ultram ER, Conzip)
Title: Tramadol: for Pain (Ultram, Ultram ER, Conzip)Category: MedicationsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - August 17, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Tramadol Side Effects
Title: Tramadol Side EffectsCategory: MedicationsCreated: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Medications General)
Source: MedicineNet Medications General - August 3, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects
Title: Tramadol (Ultram) Side EffectsCategory: MedicationsCreated: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)
Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General - August 3, 2017 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA evaluating the risks of using the pain medicine tramadol in children aged 17 and younger
[9-21-2015] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the use of the pain medicine tramadol in children ages 17 years and younger, because of the rare but serious risk of slowed or difficult breathing. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - August 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tramadol May Offer a Better Option for Opioid Withdrawal Tramadol May Offer a Better Option for Opioid Withdrawal
Extended-release formulations of the analgesic tramadol hydrochloride may provide an attractive alternative to two commonly used medications for opioid withdrawal.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Extended-Release Tramadol May Ease Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Extended-release tramadol may help reduce withdrawal symptoms in patients being treated for opioid use disorder, according to a JAMA … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - July 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clinical trial examines tramadol to treat opioid withdrawal
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found the drug tramadol, when combined with other therapies, may be effective for treating opioid withdrawal. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tramadol with or without paracetamol (acetaminophen) for cancer pain
This Cochrane Review finds very low quality data suggesting tramadol produced pain relief in some adults with pain due to cancer and is not as effective as morphine. There is no evidence for children. The place of tramadol in managing cancer pain and its role as step 2 of the WHO analgesic ladder is unclear. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news