Tramadol belongs to a group of medications called opioid analgesics. It is used to manage moderate to moderately severe pain for people who need several days or more of pain control. It decreases pain by acting on the central nervous system.
The recommended starting dose of tramadol is 25 mg taken once daily. Depending on how effective it is, the dose may be gradually increased every 3 to 5 days to up to a dose of 50 mg to 100 mg taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. The maximum daily dose is a total of 400 mg every 24 hours. The lowest effective dose for controlling pain should be used for the shortest duration of time.