Tramadol is the best pain medication for the patients with acute pain. The prescription anesthetic is better than the other pain medications as it has a low chance of misuse. Even long-term treatment can be made safely with a small risk of developing drug addiction. There are cases where it is strongly abused, but it applies particularly to the patients with a history of drug addiction, those who exceed the prescribed dose, take the medication recreationally or mix it with alcohol. Such Tramadol drug interaction can be risky for the reasons mentioned below.
What happens if you mix Tramadol with alcohol?
Tramadol acts by changing certain brain chemicals. CNS (central nervous system) is impacted in such a way that it provides central pain relieving effects, while alcohol works as a depressant of the central nervous system. Taking Tramadol and alcohol together can cause extremely negative effects to your health. In exceptional cases, it may result in an abnormal deceleration of CNS activity and cause such adverse effects as sleepiness, coma, major depression and death. The main adverse effects of mixing Tramadol with alcohol are:
- High possibility of depression
- Mood swings
- GI disorders
- Coordination disorders
- Nervous system problems
- Memory impairment
- Chronic daily headaches
- High risk of liver disease
- Alcohol intoxication
- Too high intra-cranial pressure
- High risk of potential drug addiction
- Reduced seizure threshold
How can you prevent Tramadol-alcohol interactions?
The consequences of interaction between Tramadol and alcohol can be decreased by following certain precautions. If you have suffered from alcohol abuse, you should avoid taking Tramadol. The patients can ask the physician to prescribe a pain medication that doesn’t interact with alcohol or stop consuming alcohol during the treatment. If you have already mixed Tramadol with alcohol, ask your physician to reduce the dosage to stop the treatment. Avoid abusing alcohol, because the tolerance level will reduce with Tramadol use. Follow these rules to prevent Tramadol-alcohol toxicity.
Tramadol-alcohol interactions are especially dangerous in the following cases:
Any person who mixes alcohol with Tramadol is at great risk of intoxication. This mixture can be especially dangerous for the patients over the age of 60, has breathing problems (for example, asthma), kidney/liver dysfunction. If you have noticed any symptoms of intoxication, seek immediate medical assistance.