Ultram for Pain


Tramadol(Ultram) is an effective pain reliever (analgesic). Its mode of action resembles that of narcotics, but it has significantly less potential for abuse and addiction than the narcotics. Tramadol is as effective as narcotics in relieving pain but does not depress respiration, a side effect of most narcotics. Tramadol is not a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID), and does not have the increased risk of stomach ulceration and internal bleeding that can occur with the use of NSAIDs.

Tramadol is used in the management of moderate to moderately severe pain.

50mg tablets.   Doseage is generally 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hrs.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tramadol can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Tramadol should be avoided in patients intoxicated with alcohol, hypnotics, and narcotics. Large doses of tramadol administered with alcohol or anesthetic agents can impair breathing. Tramadol can increase the risk of seizure in epileptic patients, especially with simultaneous use of tricyclic antidepresssants, such as ELAVIL. No dosage adjustment or reduction is necessary in healthy elderly patients 65-75 years of age. Patients over the age of 75 years, and those with liver and kidney dysfunction may need lower dosages. The safety of tramadol in children has not been established. Tramadol may rarely be habit forming. Tramadol should be avoided in patients with a history of opiate addiction or hypersensitivity to opiate medications.

PREGNANCY: The safety of tramadol during pregnancy has not been established.

NURSING MOTHERS: The safety of tramadol in nursing mothers has not been established.

SIDE EFFECTS: Tramadol is generally well tolerated and side effects are usually transient. Commonly reported side effects include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, and vomiting. Less commonly reported side effects include itching, sweating, dry mouth, diarrhea, rash, visual disturbances, and vertigo.

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