Tramadol withdrawn after heart attacks

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Submitted by Dr T on May 12, 2013 – 6:55pm

Question: 
My doctor stopped me taking tramadol Monday. I have had 2 heart attacks, I have had CABG, I have diabetes. My heartbeat seems to be irregular and I’m light headed. Should I be concerned?
Hi Cliff,
No patient should take pain medications such as tramadol other than for a short period after recovery from heart surgery. Your symptoms (irregular heart beat, light headedness) however indicate that not all is well. They may be caused by an arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, anemia or other causes. You may need some blood tests, a chest X ray and a cardiac echo to make sure your heart is working the way it should.

Hope this helps,

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