Compare tramadol vs. oxycodone

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Ultram (tramadol)

Prescription only

Oxycontin (oxycodone)

Prescription only
Treats moderate to severe pain.

Ultram (tramadol) works well for pain. Although it's a little weaker than other opioids, it can still be addictive.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 642 reviewsfortramadol
Treats moderate to severe pain.

Oxycontin (oxycodone) treats moderate to severe pain, but can be habit-forming, especially if used long-term.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1241 reviewsforoxycodone
Upsides
  • Relieves moderate to severe pain. It has been shown to work as well as other opioid pain medications.
  • Compared to typical opioids, it provides unique pain relief and effects on your mood when taken regularly.
  • Has a lower chance of causing breathing problems compared to other typical opioids.
  • Doesn't cause as much constipation as other opioid pain medicines. Staying hydrated and taking laxatives can help treat this side effect.
  • Oxycontin (oxycodone) is available in a tamper-resistant form to lessen the risk of abuse.
  • Liquid form is available if you have trouble swallowing.
  • Available in a generic version.
  • The extended-release pill provides around-the-clock pain relief with convenient once or twice daily dosing.
Downsides
  • Some people think it's weaker than other opioid pain medications. It can also cause more upset stomach.
  • Like other opioid pain relievers, Ultram (tramadol) has a high risk of addiction, abuse, misuse, overdose, and death.
  • The extended release version of Ultram (tramadol) should only be used for severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock treatment once alternative treatments haven't worked.
  • It's a controlled substance regulated by the federal government. This means that your use of Ultram (tramadol) will be tracked to prevent potential prescription abuse.
  • Like all opioids, don't use when pregnant, since the baby can become dependent on it and have withdrawal symptoms after birth.
  • Constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea commonly occur.
  • Long-term use can cause dependence and tolerance.
  • Not effective in treating all kinds of pain.
  • It’s not safe to start taking extended-release pills if you've never taken an opioid medicine before.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
642 reviews so far
61%
saidit'sworth it
40%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
19%
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Side effects
13possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    26%
  • Nausea
    24%
  • Constipation
    24%
  • Headache
    18%
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Pruritus
    8%
  • CNS Stimulation
    7%
  • Asthenia
    6%
  • Sweating
    6%
  • Dyspepsia
    5%
  • Dry Mouth
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
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10possible side effects
  • Constipation
    23%
  • Nausea
    23%
  • Sleepiness
    23%
  • Dizziness
    13%
  • Itchiness
    13%
  • Vomiting
    12%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Dry mouth
    6%
  • Weakness
    6%
  • Sweating
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Breathing problems
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Overdose
    • Using alcohol, benzodiazepines or other medicines that slow breathing
  • Addiction, abuse, and overdose
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking with alcohol or benzodiazepines
    • Stopping Ultram (tramadol) suddenly
  • Interactions with other drugs
  • Withdrawal in newborns
    • Pregnancy
  • Accidental ingestion
    • Children can reach medication
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  • Slowed breathing
    • Age 65 or greater
    • High dosages
    • After dose change
    • History of lung problems
    • Taking other painkillers or sedatives
  • Harm to newborn babies
    • Long-term use during pregnancy
  • Tolerance, dependence, and addiction
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Long-term use
    • History of drug abuse
    • Younger age
  • Interactions with other medicines
    • Taking medicines that also cause sleepiness or slowed breathing
  • Confusion and drowsiness
    • Age 65 or greater
    • High dosages
    • Taking other painkillers or sedatives
  • Death from overdose
    • Taking alcohol, other opioids, or benzodiazepines
    • Children age 18 and younger
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