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Tramadol for the Management of Pain in Adult Patients: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness

Last updated: February 2, 2015
Project Number: RC0627-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of tramadol for the management of pain in adult patients?

Key Message

​Systematic reviews and individual RCTs suggest greater pain reduction and more adverse events with tramadol and tramadol combination products compared with placebo. The differences, however, were not always statistically significant or statistical significance was not reported. Efficacy and safety results of tramadol or tramadol combinations compared with an active agent varied depending on the particular comparator agent. Results were from single RCTs or indirect comparison and need to be interpreted with caution.