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Side-effects of tramadol

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I’ve had osteoarthritis for 15 years or so and have been taking painkillers (mainly tramadol) for that period of time. Although helpful, their side-effect in the last few years has been an increase in tiredness. Dropping off while reading or watching TV has become a familiar feature of my life (I’m 85.) Is this common with the condition at my age with this medication? I’d be glad to hear of your readers’ experiences.
Peter Sainty, via email

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