Desired Effects:Relaxation, sleepiness, pain relief, mild euphoria, warmth & well-being.
Side Effects:Dizziness, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, headaches, sleepiness, sweating, tiredness, vomiting.
Long term risks:Tolerance, physical and psychological dependence, withdrawal symptoms, increased risk of adverse effects in overdose due to its anti-depressant elements.
Short term risks:Interaction with other medicines such as anti-depressants and other pain killers - get medical advice if you have taken this drug with other medicines. Risks also include respiratory depression, convulsions, accidents, confusion and overdose. There has been an increase in Tramadol related deaths.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of young people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.