You should not take tramadol if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol. Do not take tramadol if you are intoxicated (drunk), or if you have recently used any of the following drugs:
narcotic pain medicine;
sedatives or tranquilizers (such as Valium);
medicine for depression or anxiety;
medicine for mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia); or
Seizures have occurred in some people taking tramadol. Your risk of a seizure may be higher if you have any of these conditions:
a history of drug or alcohol addiction;
a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
a history of head injury; or
a metabolic disorder.
Talk with your doctor about your individual risk of having a seizure from this medicine.
Before taking tramadol, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
a stomach disorder; or
a history of depression, mental illness, or suicide attempt.
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use tramadol, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tramadol may also cause serious or fatal side effects in a newborn if the mother uses the medication during pregnancy or labor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of tramadol. If you are over 65, your doctor may recommend a lower dose. Tramadol should not be given to a child younger than 16 years of age.