Tramadol is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain (eg, after a serious injury or operation) or for pain caused by a terminal illness such as cancer. It is usually used when other milder painkillers such as paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) don’t work well enough.
- Tramadol belongs to a group of medicines called opioid painkillers. They act on your brain and nervous system to lessen the way you feel pain.
- Other non-opioid pain relievers such as paracetamol and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen) may also be used with tramadol.
- Tramadol is not very effective for nerve pain.
- It is not safe in children under 12 years old.
- Read more about pain, pain-relief medication and opioid painkillers.