I would assume it’s banned because it’s very addicting, works really well so could be compensating for a potential undetected injury, sportsmanship on a physical level, and because of the sedative side effect.Tramadol is really hard to get prescripted by doctors in my country in general, since it's a form of morphine. It's as a really dangerous drug. something you get addicted to easily. So I wonder if it's reasons like those that makes it end up on a ban list.
When people say "aren't there other pain killers?" yes of course they are but morphine is morphine is morphine? Sort of what I would assume.
Maybe that @Shadow93 person (why cannot I tag him/her on my computer :O) could chime in on the medical aspects better?
The first two reasons are why the NFL stopped allowing it. The third I’m sure some could deem it unfair for riders that don’t want to use medications or a more natural pharmaceutical outlook. The last the medication like other narcotics causes massive CNS sedation. If you’re not used to taking it or take to much, you can get respiratory depression and sedated.
I agree with Red Rick in that it was probably used because he was in pain and it’s fast acting so could be used before the stage and it would last till the finish. There’s no point in taking it and then drawing blood, in my opinion.