The painkiller tramadol is used to treat mild to moderately severe pain. Only those who anticipate a constant need for pain relief should use the extended-release tablets and capsules of tramadol. The group of drugs known as opiate (narcotic) analgesics includes tramadol. It functions by altering how the nerve system and brain react to pain.
In addition to tablets and liquid forms, extended-release (long-acting) tablets and capsules are also available for tramadol. The normal tablet and solution are typically taken as needed, every 4 to 6 hours, with or without food. Each of the extended-release pills and tablets needs to be taken once daily. Every day, take the extended-release tablet and extended-release capsule at roughly the same time. You can take the extended-release capsule with or without food if you’re taking it. You should either take the extended-release tablet with meals or without food if you’re taking it. Tramadol should be taken as prescribed. Never increase the dosage of your medication or take it more frequently than once a day.