Can I use tramadol for wounds?
Tramadol pill is generally not associated with the treatment of wounds. Tramadol is a painkiller and it does not contribute to the healing process, it can however be very effective in treating the pain syndrome.
Normally tramadol is not used after every minor injury. There are several reasons for that:
- Many local anesthetics can numb the area around the injury much quicker and much more effectively. Tramadol pill needs to be digested and then get into the bloodstream to start working. Local anesthetics do not need that – they start functioning on spot, “on the tip of the needle”.
- You need a prescription for Tramadol; it is much more controlled and therefore prescribed more reluctantly. The doctor can be asked why he prescribed Tramadol if the anesthesia could have been achieved with local drug.
- In case if there is a situation that needs massive analgesia – traditionally there is a stronger medication – morphine hydrochloride or sulfate.
Even though morphine and tramadol are both opioid painkillers – there is a number of differences between them. First and most important is that for Tramadol it takes much more time to develop narcotic dependency to. This does not mean that Tramadol is absolutely safe in this regard, but it will take much more time to become dependent.
Second – Tramadol pill is weaker than morphine, therefore it is prescribed I bigger dosages and for injuries with middle and low intensity pain.
In addition, Tramadol has less significant side effects. Morphine can cause side effects, and pharmacists learned how to use those side effects for the advantage of the patient.
Morphine causes constipation – pharmacists developed a drug Imodium that is based on the molecular structure of morphine – they took addictiveness and pain-killing effect away, left only the constipation one intact, and received awesome anti-diarrhea drug.
Morphine suppresses the breathing center in the brain. This effect is so strong that the person would die from the lack of breath when overdosed. First, the breathing becomes less frequent and deep, then more superficial, then fast and superficial but with pauses, like the waves. After that, the person dies…
Pharmacists took away the painkilling effect and the constipation effect and developed a drug on the base of morphine called levopropoxyphene – which suppresses the breathing center and therefore the patient would cough less and received an outstanding antitussive – levopropoxyphene! Isn’t that astonishing?
So Tramadol pill does not have all those side effects or has them to a much lesser extent.
Tramadol pill can be described as a milder, softer and less addictive narcotic painkiller as compared to morphine. Tramadol for treating pain is prescribed in situations where morphine would be an overkill.
Morphine is for surgeries – tramadol for post operational recovery; morphine is to prevent traumatic shock – tramadol for chronic pain, morphine is for acute states – tramadol for chronic pain.
If patients with trigeminal neuralgia or cancer would have to take morphine every day – they would soon develop a severe addiction, whereas tramadol can be taken for weeks without such consequences.
Tramadol side effects should not include nausea, vomiting, constipation – all those present in morphine.
Finally, if you are wondering how to get prescribed narcotic painkiller – tramadol prescription is much more common and easier to obtain because of the above mentioned reasons. Your physician would probably start you on Tramadol 50mg, then Tramadol 100mg then Tramadol 200mg before trying something stronger and therefore more addictive.
Also, morphine is produced in ampules for intravenous injections. Tramadol is issued in the form of pills for oral use. If you have a prescription for narcotic painkillers – that would not matter much, but if you don’t – Tramadol from Asia may take weeks to arrive and pills tend to last better.