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Review: could Tramadol cause Sudden death?

Summary: Sudden death could be caused by Tramadol, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Tramadol hcl, and have Pain.

We study 38,402 people who have side effects while taking Tramadol from FDA and social media. Among them, 913 have Sudden death. Find out below who they are, when they have Sudden death and more.

On Apr, 9, 2014: 38,376 people reported to have side effects when taking Tramadol. Among them, 913 people (2.38%) have Sudden Death. They amount to 0.17% of all the 531,370 people who have Sudden Death on eHealthMe.

Trend of Sudden death in Tramadol reports

Time on Tramadol when people have Sudden death * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Sudden death71.95%12.20%0.00%8.54%6.10%1.22%0.00%

Gender of people who have Sudden death when taking Tramadol * :

FemaleMale
Sudden death47.52%52.48%

Age of people who have Sudden death when taking Tramadol * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Sudden death0.40%0.94%0.94%6.34%7.83%12.42%19.43%51.69%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (110 people, 12.05%)
  2. Hypertension (79 people, 8.65%)
  3. Rheumatoid arthritis (56 people, 6.13%)
  4. Prophylaxis (56 people, 6.13%)
  5. Depression (42 people, 4.60%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Tramadol hcl (705 people, 77.22%)
  2. Acetaminophen (137 people, 15.01%)
  3. Aspirin (111 people, 12.16%)
  4. Furosemide (106 people, 11.61%)
  5. Tramadol hydrochloride (103 people, 11.28%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • tom on Sep, 9, 2013:

    I took 30 tramadol pills and drank a 12 pack of bud ice one night and i unfortunately survived dont believe all the hipr you read about it i am 46 and it did nothing for me i lived

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