Precautions for Using Tramacet

What are the Precautions for Using Tramacet?

Because Tramacet relaxes the body, patients taking this medication may experience a feeling of drowsiness. If this happens, do not drive or operate any heavy machinery, until you know how your body reacts to the drug.

Also, avoid drinking alcohol while using Tramacet, since alcohol consumption can exacerbate feelings of drowsiness. Plus, the presence of alcohol in the system while taking Tramacet can increase the likelihood of liver damage, if an overdose of this drug occurs. This is more likely to occur in patients who are also heavy drinkers of alcohol.

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Patients with the following health issues should use Tramacet with extreme caution: head injuries, a history of seizures, brain tumors, decreased function of the kidneys, any bile duct disease, decreased function of the liver, shallow breathing or increased pressure within the brain.

Patients who are susceptible to seizures or who are taking medication that makes seizures more likely, such as antipsychotic drugs, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications, local anesthesia, tricyclic antidepressants and analgesics that are centrally acting, have the potential for experiencing convulsions while taking Tramacet.

Since Tramacet suppresses breathing functions, people with breathing problems, such as asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), should discuss these conditions with their physician in advance of taking this medication.

People with abdominal issues, such as acute cholecystitis, pancreatitis, or inflammatory or obstructive bowel disease, and who use this medication may experience a worsening of their condition, and this medication may make it harder to diagnose these abdominal conditions. Use of Tramacet in patients who are in shock or unconscious should be done cautiously.

Since Tramacet is eliminated from the body by the liver and kidneys, patients who have greatly reduced function of the kidneys and liver may experience stronger side effects from taking this drug than is normal. For people with kidney issues, the dosage may be reduced to no more than two tablets in a 12 hour period. People with severe liver disease should not take Tramacet at all.

Caution should be used when prescribing this medication to patients age 75 or older, since older patients may have health problems involving these systems. Plus many older adults are on multiple medications, which can lead to drug interaction or overdose problems if attention is not paid to all the drugs prescribed. A lower dose may be required for older adults. This drug has not been tested on children, so it should not be used by patients under 18 years old.

Because Tramacet can be addictive, caution should be used when prescribing the medication to people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or who have suffered from dependency to medications in the past. Also, people who are currently intoxicated with tranquilizers, sleeping pills, alcohol, psychotropic drugs that affect emotions or mood, or other opioid medications, such as codeine or morphine, should not take Tramacet at the same time.

Tramacet is not a drug recommended for women who are pregnant or likely to become pregnant, or for nursing mothers. If you become pregnant while using this medication, talk to your physician immediately. Studies using animals show that fetuses and embryos both can experience toxicity when tramadol is administered to the mothers.

The transfer of tramadol across the barrier of the placenta is documented at a concentration ratio of 0.83 percent. While there have not been any documented harmful effects on pregnant women or fetuses when paracetamol is taken, tramadol's safety during pregnancy is not established by research.

The manufacturer of Tramacet, states that this drug should not be used during a pregnancy because of potential harm to the fetus. Also, newborn babies whose mothers took Tramacet regularly during pregnancy may suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Because small amounts of this medication pass to the infant through breast milk, the manufacturer recommends that women taking Tramacet should not breastfeed their babies.

This medication should not be used by patients with uncontrolled epilepsy. If you've taken a monoamine-oxidase inhibitor antidepressant (MAOI) within the last 14 days, you should not take Tramacet. Inform your physician that you are taking this medication before you have surgery, because Tramacet may interact with other medications used during the surgery.

Since the Tramacet tablets coated with a film have lactose as an ingredient, patients who suffer from Lapp lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose absorption problems or who cannot tolerate galactose should not use this version of the medication.

Also, if you have a history of allergic reactions to any ingredients in this medication, such as tramadol or paracetamol, or other opioids, such as morphine or codeine, do not take Tramacet. If you think you have had an allergic reaction to this medication, stop taking it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.

Because the effervescent version of this medication contains 179.4 milligrams of sodium per dosage, this might have to be taken into account for patients under a strict low-sodium diet.