To all my Canadian readers,
Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc, announced today its New Drug Submission (NDS) to Health Canada for CIP-TRAMADOL ER. For those who don’t know, or are not familiar with Tramadol, it is a synthetic opioid drug used to treat moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. The key difference between Tramadol and other opioids is that Tramadol is supposed to be NON-addictive.
This new medication that has been submitted for review into Health Canada is the Extended Release version, and will only have to be prescribed for once a day use. This could potentially make it easier for people to control their pain with less medication.
Although this review can take close to a year to complete, IF it is accepted as a new drug in Canada it might mean big differences to the way that Chronic Pain is treated in this country. Lord know we NEED change here!!! All you Canadians know what I mean! From what I understand this medication hasn’t been approved in the US either, but I cringe as I write this, as I might be wrong… Does anyone know? If so, please share, because I would hate to be giving out wrong information!
I am a patient that uses Tramadol among other medications to control my pain. I can only share my personal experience with it. It is somewhat effective for me, but because of the other medications that I am currently on, my dose of this medication is low. As a component of combination therapy (or multi-modal analgesia), I find this medication to work for me WITHOUT many of the side-effects that I have had from other drugs. I think I would be a good candidate to benefit from the new extended-release form of Tramadol.
Does anyone else have any experiences that they would like to share? Could this new drug application potentially effect YOUR management program? Please feel free to leave a comment here!
PLEASE NOTE: One of my readers and dear friends has just let me know that indeed, this medication IS available in the USA. Thank you for letting me know! I do not know if it is widely available in the USA or not, but there are already people taking it for the treatment of Chronic Pain. THANKS!