What is Ultram?
Ultram is a brand name form of tramadol, an opiate class pain reliever. Ultram is commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Ultram comes in regular tablet form and also extended release for continuous control of chronic pain. Because Ultram is a narcotic pain reliever, it can not be obtained legally without a prescription and is rarely prescribed to patients who have had a previous dependency on drugs.
Ultram works by dulling pain receptors and thus masks moderate pain. Ultram and other narcotic pain relievers can be habit forming and lead to dependency. Similarly, stopping Ultram abruptly can cause withdraw symptoms. Your doctor should obtain a complete medical history including previously diagnosed medical conditions, any adverse reactions to other narcotic pain relievers, and medications you are currently taking before prescribing Ultram.
Common side effects of Ultram include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, change in bowel habits, headache, weakness, mood changes, and dry mouth. More severe symptoms that could indicate an allergic reaction include rash, swelling, fever, blurred vision, and an increase in heart rate or feelings of extreme panic or agitation. Any side effect that is alarming or severe should be brought to your doctor’s attention immediately. Overdoses of Ultram can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.
Situations in which a doctor may prescribe Ultram include post-operative pain management, pain management following severe injury, and control of chronic pain associated with certain diseases. Tramadol is the generic form of Ultram and is cheaper if you are paying cash for your prescription or have no prescription plan. If you have prescription coverage, check with your doctor about name brand versus generic equivalent pain medications before the prescription is dispensed. Talk to your doctor about stopping Ultram as withdraw symptoms can occur and may be bothersome. Your doctor may recommend a gradual decrease in daily dosage before stopping the medication all together.
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