American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Tramadol Vs Tapentadol: Anew Horizon in Pain Treatment?

Mario Giorgi

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2012.7.11

American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1

Pages 7-11


Problem statement: Acute and chronic pain is a common presenting sign in animal species and human beings. Approach: Classical opioids provide very effective pain relief, although they may be less effective in the treatment of chronic pain due to their limited therapeutic windows and the induced opioid receptor down regulation. Atypical opioids, such as tramadol and tapentadol, have a dual mechanism of action and have been designed to overcome these issues through an opiate-sparing effect. Results: Tramadol activates mu opioid receptors and in addition, inhibits serotonin and noradrenalin reuptake. These actions are the result of the different enantiomers and tend to be reliant on their metabolism. Indeed, the O-desmethyltramadol phase I metabolite, is 200-300 times more potent for mu opioid receptor activation than the parental compound. For these reasons, the drug


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