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I find that Tramadol helps me to sleep. Is it a good idea

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I find that Tramadol helps me to sleep. Is it a good idea to use it for this purpose?

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That is a very good question. As you have learned, not only is tramadol a very good pain reliever, but it can make you tired.

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As far as a direct answer to your question: No, it is not a good idea to use tramadol as a sleep aide. Why? First of all, because there are many other medicines available that work better for helping you sleep.

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Also, over time you can become not only psychologically but even physically addicted to this drug. It can also cause respiratory depression and even seizures.

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As such, I would continue to use the tramadol for your pain control and ask your doctor about other agents, such as lunesta, to help you sleep.

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RickMD : I am online and happy to help you with your question today.
RickMD : That is a very good question. As you have learned, not only is tramadol a very good pain reliever, but it can make you tired.
RickMD : As far as a direct answer to your question: No, it is not a good idea to use tramadol as a sleep aide. Why? First of all, because there are many other medicines available that work better for helping you sleep.
RickMD : Also, over time you can become not only psychologically but even physically addicted to this drug. It can also cause respiratory depression and even seizures.
RickMD : As such, I would continue to use the tramadol for your pain control and ask your doctor about other agents, such as lunesta, to help you sleep.
RickMD : Does this answer your question to your satisfaction?

I hope this information was helpful for you. But I do work for tips so I want to make sure you are happy with me before rating me. If you have another question on this or a related issue feel free to fire away. And please let me know if the rating system gives you any troubles.

Thanks in advance,

Dr. Rick
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