Modified Release Tablets
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about APO-TRAMADOL SR. It does not contain
all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
APO-TRAMADOL SR against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What APO-TRAMADOL SR is used for
APO-TRAMADOL SR is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
It belongs to the group of medicines called analgesics (pain relievers).
APO-TRAMADOL SR tablets are designed to release the pain reliever gradually over several
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
APO-Tramadol SR tablets are not usually addictive. However, rarely, addiction to tramadol
has been reported.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take APO-TRAMADOL SR
When you must not take it
Do not take APO-TRAMADOL SR if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing tramadol hydrochloride.
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
any other medicines known as opioid analgesics, e.g. morphine or codeine.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin
Do not take this medicine if you
have taken large amounts of alcohol or other substances which can affect your level
are taking medicine for depression containing a “monoamine oxidase inhibitor” also
known as MAOI, or have taken any within the past two weeks. Examples of MAOI- containing
medicines are Nardil, Parnate.
are having treatment for withdrawal from narcotics.
have epilepsy that is not under control.
Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of 12 years.
Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 12 years have not been established.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging
is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor if you are known to be sensitive to opioids.
Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol everyday.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
any lung or breathing problems
fits or convulsions/epilepsy
any disorder of the kidney, liver or pancreas
any stomach problems
severe headaches or have had a head injury
you have, or have had, any drug or alcohol dependence
you have galactose intolerance, or lactase deficiency or glucose- galactose malabsorption
sleep related breathing disorders
Tell your doctor if you think you may require long term use of APO TRAMADOL.
You may require careful monitoring.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
APO-Tramadol SR is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding or plan to breast feed.
APO-TRAMADOL SR is not recommended for use during breast feeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start
taking APO-TRAMADOL SR.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Some medicines and APO-TRAMADOL SR may interfere with each other. These include:
carbamazepine (e.g. Tegretol®)
coumarin derivatives (e.g. Warfarin: some Brand names are Coumadin®, or Marevan®)
medicine for irregular or rapid heart beat
medicines for depression (mirtazapine), tricyclic anti-depressants (e.g. Sinequan,
Allegron), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) (e.g. Prozac, Zoloft),
serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s) (e.g. Efexor, Cymbalta), MAOI
(e.g. Nardil, Parnate), bupropion (Zyban)
medicines for sleeplessness (e.g. Temaze)
quinidine, medicine used to treat abnormal heart rhythms
anti-psychotics or phenothiazines (e.g. Risperdal, Clozaril)
medicines for pain (e.g. tetrahydrocannabinol, buprenorphine (Subutex), pentazocine
medicines for seizures (carbamazepine, eg. Tegretol)
ketoconazole, an antifungal medicine
These medicines may be affected by APO-TRAMADOL SR or may affect how well it works.
You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different
Other interactions not listed above may also occur.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while taking this medicine.
How to take APO-TRAMADOL SR
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist
How much to take
The recommended dosage of APO-TRAMADOL SR is either:
one or two APO-TRAMADOL SR 100 mg tablet(s) twice a day (morning and evening)
one APO-TRAMADOL SR 150 mg or 200 mg tablet twice a day (morning and evening).
As all patients respond to treatment differently, your doctor may start you on a lower
Do not take more than four of the 100 mg tablets per day.
Do not take more than two of the 150 mg or of the 200 mg tablets per day.
Patients over 75 years may need a reduced daily dose of APO-Tramadol SR compared to
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
They must NOT be chewed, crushed or dissolved. This will release all the analgesic
quite quickly. Side-effects may then occur.
When to take it
APO-TRAMADOL SR may be taken, before, with, or after food.
How long to take it
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
This differs between individuals depending on how severe your pain is, how you respond
to APO-TRAMADOL SR, and the cause of your pain.
Ask your doctor for advice on how long you need to take APO-TRAMADOL SR tablets.
If you forget to take it
If you forget to take one dose, take the dose when you remember. The following dose
should be taken after twelve hours, or as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13
11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you
think that you or anyone else may have taken too much APO-TRAMADOL SR. Do this even
if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose may include decrease in breathing and fits or convulsions.
While you are using APO-TRAMADOL SR
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking APO-TRAMADOL SR.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
If your pain is not severe and you feel that you do not need as much APO-TRAMADOL
SR as your doctor ordered, consult your doctor.
Tell your doctor if your pain gets worse. Do not take extra doses without checking
with your doctor.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this
It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Things you must not do
Do not take APO-TRAMADOL SR to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how APO-TRAMADOL SR affects
This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of
these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be
Ask your doctor for advice about whether it is safe for you to drive or operate machinery
while taking APO-TRAMADOL SR.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking APO-TRAMADOL SR.
This medicine helps most people with moderate to severe pain, but it may have unwanted
side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they
are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you
get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have. .
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
sedation, fatigue or lack of energy
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually
mild and short-lived.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
changes in appetite
sudden onset of low blood pressure, collapse
improvement or changes in mood or behaviour
confusion, delirium, anxiety
change in sensations such as pricking or tingling
changes in activity, co-ordination or speech
blurred vision or changes to the eye
slow or fast heart beat
difficulty in passing urine
Serotonin Syndrome: signs of this vary and are not specific; they may include sweating,
agitation, muscle twitching, spontaneous muscle contraction, tremor, high body temperature.
Serotonin Syndrome may result from interaction of tramadol with other medicines which
increase serotonin effects, for example, the SSRI antidepressants.
The above list includes common side effects that may require medical attention. Serious
side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:
skin rash (red spots or patches), itching hives, skin lumps
swelling or puffiness of the eyelids, face or lips
chest tightness, wheezing or pain in the chest
shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
heart palpitations, faintness or collapse
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention
or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
When used as prescribed by your doctor, addiction to APO-TRAMADOL SR is very unlikely.
If you are taking APO-TRAMADOL SR for a prolonged period of time, your body may become
used to the medicine and mild withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking
It is important therefore to take APO-TRAMADOL SR only as directed by your doctor.
After using APO-TRAMADOL SR
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the pack they may not keep well.
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store APO-TRAMADOL SR or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed,
ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What it looks like
APO-Tramadol SR 100 mg – off-white, round biconvex tablet
APO-Tramadol SR 150 mg – off-white, capsule shaped tablet
APO-Tramadol SR 200 mg – off-white, capsule shaped tablet
All tablets are contained in a blister pack within a carton.
Calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
Colloidal anhydrous silica
APO-TRAMADOL SR is distributed in Australia by:
Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue Macquarie Park
This leaflet was prepared in April 2020.
APO-Tramadol SR 100 mg: AUST R 154393
APO-Tramadol SR 150 mg: AUST R 154394
APO-Tramadol SR 200 mg: AUST R 154395