Tramadol is a prescription medicine known for an analgesic effect. Thanks to its strong activity, patients can experience a rapid and long-lasting effect of up to 36 hours after taking this drug. The medication is prescribed in larger doses than morphine because of the difference in their pharmacological actions.
Over the past several years, it has become one of the most prescribed drugs for treating moderate to severe pain. Tramadol hydrochloride (also marketed under the name Tramal) is a synthetic analgesic of the last generation. In fact, it holds the fourth position among other most prescribed drugs all over the world. It is used for treatment of oncology and non-cancer pain in 70 different countries. It took many years, observations and practice to invent the modern approaches available for managing pain. According to the latest anesthesiology trends, Tramadol hydrochloride is an essential drug in rheumatology.
How It All Began
In 1962, Dr. Kurt Flick, employee of the German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH, synthesized the formula of the drug, which was a new step in the development of opioid narcotic analgesics. In several years, Tramadol became the most popular mono-analgesic medication of central action.
Since its creation, the medication was distributed to more than 82 million patients all over the world. Despite its extreme popularity, it was not included in the list of top 100 bestselling drugs in the USA, published by Drugs.com quarterly and annually. Today, Grünenthal GmbH is not the only one company producing Tramadol. This medication can also be purchased from other 17 companies, which total sales amount reaches 25 million unit doses of the drug per minute on average, although the actual need for it is beyond 75% of this amount.
Use of Tramadol without Prescription
Tramadol belongs to high-risk narcotic substances, and that is why its production, storage, distribution and use are limited and remain under control of the authorities. Due to its negative impact on the body in different countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the medication is officially considered to be an illegal drug. For instance, in Sweden, the production and distribution of Tramadol are strictly controlled, although it is possible to purchase drugs with it with a regular prescription with Canadian Meds.
Once the medication has appeared among drug users, it became known for a strong narcotic substance potential. It acts on the body in a similar way as the strongest substances. Tramadol was mainly used as a substitution for drugs or narcotic substances. It is dangerous to use it without a prescription, because Tramadol can lead to suicidal behavior and lethal consequences. Chronic abuse of this drug (even by healthy and strong people) reduces the anticipated life period for up to four years.
It is strongly recommended to use this potent medication only according to the prescription.