Tramadol is available only on prescription. It comes as tablets, capsules and liquid drops that you swallow. It can also be given by injection but this is usually only done in hospital.
Tramadol is a strong painkiller. It's used to treat moderate to severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury.
It's also used to treat long-standing pain when weaker painkillers no longer work.
Tramadol can be taken by adults and children aged 12 and over.
Tramadol is not suitable for some people. Tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting the medicine if you have:
It's important to take tramadol as your doctor has asked you to.
The dose can vary but you should not normally take more than 400mg a day.
Tramadol doesn't usually upset your stomach, so you can take it with or without food.