For What Can Tramadol Ultram Be Used?
Tramadol Ultram is a drug that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It compares to morphine. In fact, it is 100% as potent as morphine when given through an IV. Tramadol is the generic drug name while Ultram is the brand name. Tramadol Ultram binds the opioid receptors found in the brain. There receptors are used to transmit the sensation of pain from throughout the body to the brain. By binding these opioid receptors, the pain is diminished. Tramadol Ultram was created by the German pharmaceutical company Grunenthal GmbH.
Tramadol Ultram is not a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (also known as an NSAID), so therefore it does not carry the risk of stomach ulceration or internal bleeding with it. It is known as a hydrochloride salt. It can be injected – either intravenously or intramuscularly. It can be ingested by swallowing as well. If taken orally, it should be taken every four to six hours. Whether or not you take food with it does not matter.
Notify your doctor beforehand if you have ever had any type of allergic reaction to an opiate such as Demerol, Avinza, Kadian, MS Cortin, codeine, hydrocodone (found in Vicodin), Dilaudid, Oxycontin, Percocet, Darvon, Darvon N, or Darvocet.
Although it is an opiate, Tramadol Ultram is not labeled as a controlled substance and you can get it with a regular prescription. However, use caution because it can form a habit and be addictive. You should only take the dose prescribed by your doctor. If the dose does not seem to be working any longer, consult your doctor. Do not stop taking the Tramadol Ultram unless your doctor advises you to do so. Withdrawal symptoms can include nervousness, sweating, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, sneezing and runny nose, numbness, panic attacks, coughing, shaking, nausea, diarrhea, chills, or goose bumps.
Tramadol Ultram should be stored away from children and at room temperature. Avoid high levels of heat or moisture.
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