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Who can and cannot take tramadol

Who can take tramadol

Most adults and children aged 12 and over can take tramadol.

Who may not be able to take tramadol

Tramadol is not suitable for some people. Before starting the medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • ever had an allergic reaction to tramadol or any other medicine
  • a condition which causes seizures or fits
  • a head injury
  • an addiction to alcohol, strong painkillers or recreational drugs
  • breathing difficulties
  • kidney or liver problems
  • ever had a reaction to other strong painkillers

Page last reviewed: 19 January 2022
Next review due: 19 January 2025