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Is tramadol a narcotic?

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3 doctors agree

In brief: As others said,

Tramadol is a synthetic narcotic.
As a neurologist I try avoiding it when possible due to its risk vs. benefits when it comes to ACTUAL pain relief scores for conditions such as radiculopathy, neuropathy, & headaches vs. # of significant side effects such as seizures and conversion of pain into chronic form due to quick tolerance of the body and risk of medication overuse syndrome.

In brief: As others said,

Tramadol is a synthetic narcotic.
As a neurologist I try avoiding it when possible due to its risk vs. benefits when it comes to ACTUAL pain relief scores for conditions such as radiculopathy, neuropathy, & headaches vs. # of significant side effects such as seizures and conversion of pain into chronic form due to quick tolerance of the body and risk of medication overuse syndrome.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

It is a near narcotic.

In brief: No

It is a near narcotic.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

It has characteristics of an opiod but the exact mechanism of action is not understood.
Not truly a narcotic.

In brief: No

It has characteristics of an opiod but the exact mechanism of action is not understood.
Not truly a narcotic.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: A synthetic narcotic

Ohio and other states are making it a class 4 controlled substance due to abuse

In brief: A synthetic narcotic

Ohio and other states are making it a class 4 controlled substance due to abuse
Dr. Diane Minich
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2 comments
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Frankly, a higher controlled substance classification than IV would be fine by me. People buy and sell these pills.
Dr. Ronald Herring
Its a complicated drug because its a weak mu agonist (narcotic) but its also a SSRI inhibitor which can lead to other problems.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can be just as addic

It can be just as addictive.

In brief: Can be just as addic

It can be just as addictive.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. Mila McManus
It does work on opiate receptors but isn't really classified as narcotic. Not supposed to be addicting, but I agree that it certainly can be
Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not exactly

Tramadol is not a traditional opioid or narcotic, rather it has narcoti-like properties and works on multiple receptors.

In brief: Not exactly

Tramadol is not a traditional opioid or narcotic, rather it has narcoti-like properties and works on multiple receptors.
Dr. Mehul Desai
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Dr. Jackie Lam
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Not classified as narcotic, but it does have some narcotic-like properties.

In brief: No

Not classified as narcotic, but it does have some narcotic-like properties.
Dr. Jackie Lam
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