Tramadol is a narcotic-like medication that helps relieve mild to severe pain. Tramadol works similarly, like opioid analgesics. It modifies the processing of pain signals that travels between the nerves and the brain. However, Tramadol targets different points in the nervous system and imparts pain relief and, sometimes, mood alterations.
Tramadol first binds to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, like all other opiate analgesics. These receptors are responsible for creating the pain-relieving effects in the body. It also raises the brain level of neurotransmitters, serotonin, and norepinephrine, to help as an anti-depressant.
Pain-relief, mood elation, and anxiety reduction are some short term effects of Tramadol.