WHAT IS TRAMADOL?

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever. Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Tramadol extended-release is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when treatment is needed around the clock. Tramadol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Tramadol Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Overview

Tramadol Orally Disintegrating Tablets has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Tramadol Orally Disintegrating Tablets while you are pregnant. Tramadol Orally Disintegrating Tablets are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Tramadol Orally Disintegrating Tablets.

Tramadol Pregnancy Warnings

Tramadol has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have revealed evidence of embryotoxicity and fetotoxicity. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Tramadol should only be given during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Tramadol has been shown to cross the placental barrier, with an umbilical vein to maternal vein serum concentration ratio of 0.83. A case of tramadol withdrawal in a neonate has been reported following long-term analgesic treatment of the mother. At 35 hours of age, the infant showed signs of a severe withdrawal syndrome with high-pitched crying, trembling, and shortened sleeping hours.

Tramadol Breastfeeding Warnings

Tramadol is excreted into human milk in small amounts. The manufacturer suggests that tramadol should not be administered to nursing women.

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