Measures Put In Place to Check The Use Of Tramadol -Health Minister

Tramadol is a man-made (synthetic) narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and is usually prescribed to patients suffering from moderate to severe pain.
Preparations containing Tramadol are classified as Prescription Only Medicines (POM).
The approved dosage strengths for Tramadol by Ghana Food and Drugs Authority are 50mg and 100mg.
Tramadol is addictive, acts as a stimulant and can produce a feeling of intense euphoria comparable to heroin even at a single dose of 75mg.
Regular use of Tramadol under a physician’s supervision may come with side effects like dizziness, diarrhoea, nausea, nervousness, slow heart rate or weak pulse.
An overdose of it could lead to increased blood pressure, convulsion, memory loss, seizures, hallucinations, coma or even death.
Taking Tramadol with other unprescribed drugs cause dependence, liver diseases, renal dysfunction and or respiratory dysfunction.
A consumption of alcohol with Tramadol (both of which are Central Nervous System Depressants) will automatically slow down your brain activity leading to loss of consciousness, increased depression, brain damage and even suicidal tendencies.
The Minister gave this known to the house, when the Member of Parliament for Kintampo South, Felicia Adjei asked the Health Minister, what his ministry is doing about the proliferation and abusive use of analgesics such as Tramadol in the Kintampo South Constituency.
By: Ghana/ Alhassan