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Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 2 hours
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Course Summary

In comparison to opioids like hydromorphone and morphine, tramadol is sometimes called a weak opioid and is a Schedule IV drug, however tramadol can lead to a substance use disorder and cause serious morbidities and death. Tramadol should be used cautiously because it can cause sedation and other physical side effects. Dosing adjustments should be made for patients with hepatic and renal conditions and, when given in patients with comorbid hepatic and renal disease, ongoing monitoring of patient response and progress needs to be done. Tramadol should be avoided or used with caution in patients with a history of a mental illness and history or risk of a substance use disorder. Although said to be a weak opioid, tramadol use disorder is a real risk and it can be a dangerous drug when taken in overdose.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Pharmacological Profile of Tramadol
1.   Category
2.   Uses
3.   Mechanism of Action
4.   Regulatory Status
5.   Available Forms
6.   Dosing
7.   US Boxed Warning
8.   Contraindications
9.   Warnings
10.        Use During Breastfeeding and Pregnancy
III.         Expanded Pharmacology Information
IV.          Tramadol Use Disorder
V.            Tramadol Overdose
1.   Treatment of Overdose
VI.          Case Study
VII.       Summary


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