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Adley, Mark (2018) DrugWatch information sheet: Tramadol. UK & Ireland DrugWatch.

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Tramadol is a centrally acting analgesic structurally related to codeine. It has multiple actions: after entering the body it breaks down (metabolises) mainly into O-desmethyltramadol which acts on opioid receptors and also affects levels of serotonin and noradrenaline. It is approximately as potent as codeine and used to treat both acute and chronic pain.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access
Drug Type
Opioid, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Drug therapy, Harm reduction
4 February 2018
UK & Ireland DrugWatch
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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