Don't Think of Tramadol as a "Safer" Opioid

Questions are coming up about the safety and efficacy of tramadol...as concerns about opioids continue to be in the spotlight.

Tramadol is often considered safer than strong opioids (hydrocodone, etc)...since it's a weak opioid agonist and wasn't a C-IV until 2014.

But tramadol has the same warnings about dependence, abuse, and misuse as other opioids. Plus tramadol poses other risks...such as seizures, serotonin syndrome, and hyponatremia.

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