About Tramadol

Tramadol and Pregnancy

Pregnant women on Tramadol

Tramadol and Pregnancy

Tramadol belongs to a class of benzenoid. The brand name of Tramadol is Ultram. It affects the brain and calms it down so it would relax the part where the pain has occurred. Tramadol is used in the treatment of pain relieving in the body. Tramadol can also be used for other medical uses that are not listed. Tramadol use during pregnancy is still a huge debate.

Tramadol can be prescribed to the pregnant women for treating their pain during pregnancy period. Ultram would cause harm to the unborn baby. But it should be concerned around the consuming of this medication by the pregnant women.

But taking Tramadol would be risky and therefore a strong medical opinion is needed whether to take Tramadol during pregnancy by consulting with the doctor. Women who are already taking Tramadol should have to notify their doctors if they become pregnant, or if they have any plan to become pregnant. With this information, the doctors will decide the suitable dosage of this drug that is required for the pregnant women. Else, the doctors may switch to other pain relief medication for treating the pain which is because the drug they took should not affect the unborn baby.

Another important thing that has to be taken into consideration is that the pregnant women who are taking Tramadol medication should not stop taking it abruptly. As they are treating for their pain or depression problems, then they should not stop the medication without a doctor’s advice. During pregnancy, a woman could experience severe pain and drastic mood changes and it might increase the risks caused by sudden quitting of Tramadol.

You are requested to take this medication only after the getting the clearance from the doctor, after a thorough check-up, if you have any problems or disorders such as breathing problem, addiction to drugs or alcohol or depression. Avoid taking alcohol when you are on Tramadol. Take Tramadol medication as directed by the doctor and follow the given dosages only. This medication would become a habit-forming, so necessary precautions should have to be taken.

Tramadol is an FDA Pregnancy Category D medication, which clears that it is not advisable for women during their pregnancy. If you become pregnant as you were taking Tramadol for your pain problem, then you have to check with your doctor before continuing with the medication. Although, Tramadol causes some withdrawal effects it is must that a pregnant woman treating for their pain or anxiety relief should require a consultation with the doctor.

If you really want to stop taking this medication as if it necessary then you have to consult with your doctor about why you have to stop it and they will direct you to quit the medication. Tramadol is not recommended while nursing a baby, as it would harm the baby taking milk from the mother.

If you missed a dose and a time for the next dose is near, then skip the missed one and take the current dose. Avoid taking the overdose, as it would cause some severe side effects. Follow with the prescribed timings.

If you have taken a double dose or an overdose, then you must seek medical attention immediately. It would cause some side effects such as a headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired, nervous or anxious feelings. Tramadol can also cause some of the common side effects such as vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, slow in breathing. The less common side effects caused by Tramadol are seizures, fast heartbeat, indigestion, loss of memory, blurred vision, change in walking and fainting.

As a conclusion, pregnant women should be very cautious while they are taking Tramadol for their pain relief and for other disorders. If they have become pregnant when they are on Tramadol, it is just that they have to talk about this to their doctor immediately.

Carrie BSN, RN
Carrie is a registered nurse for almost 14 years now and she works at a local hemodialysis outpatient center in USA. She has around 9 years experience in cardiac nursing, orthopedic rehabilitation and 3 years experience in nephrology nursing. Carrie has been working as a freelance writer for three years now and has written many articles and blogs on nursing, pain, exercise, health and wellness.