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What is Ultram?

Ultram (tramadol) is an opioid pain medication and a type of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Being a highly addictive medicine, Ultram is available only with a proper prescription from a doctor under the restricted distribution program called the Opioid Analgesic REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) program. You can take Ultram orally or through injections.

What are the uses of Ultram?

Your doctor will treat you with Ultram if you are suffering from the following medical condition:

  • Pain (moderate to severe)
  • Pain after surgery
  • Chronic pain
  • Any other condition as determined by the doctors

How does Ultram work?

What to know before using Ultram?

It is best to keep the following things in mind before using Ultram:

  • Please take Ultram only with your doctor’s prescription.
  • Health authorities have not approved Ultram for patients less than 12 years of age.
  • Doctors should not prescribe Ultram to anyone who is less than 18 years and has gone through any recent surgery.
  • It is a habit-forming medicine; misuse, abuse, and addiction to Ultram can be fatal.
  • You probably know that buying and selling Ultram without a proper prescription is an offense under the law.
  • If you are allergic to Ultram or its components or similar medications, please avoid taking Ultram.
  • You cannot take the said medicine if you have asthma or a stomach or bowel obstruction

(paralytic ileus).

  • To ensure that taking Ultram is safe for you, you should tell your doctor if you have or ever had the following health disorder:
    • Breathing issues
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping)
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Difficulty in urination
    • Thyroid disorder
    • Stomach disorder
    • Problems with gallbladder or pancreas
    • Self detrimental behavior
    • Mental illness
  • Avoid taking Ultram if you have recently taken any MAO inhibitors or alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications.
  • Using Ultram during pregnancy may cause congenital disability to your child; therefore, it is advisable for expecting women not to use Ultram without asking their doctor.
  • Ultram can pass into breast milk and harm the nursing baby. Lactating mothers should use Ultram only after consulting their doctor.
  • It is the patients’ responsibility to say to the doctor about all medications that they are taking. Their medical professional will prescribe them Ultram according to that only to avoid interaction between drugs. The following medicines may interact with Ultram or may increase the risk of certain side effects or can make other treatments less effective:
    • Cold and allergy medications
    • Medicines to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and other breathing issues
    • Narcotic medication
    • Sedatives
    • Drugs for treating over-reactive bladder, motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome
    • Sleeping pills
    • Muscles relaxers
    • Medicines to treat mental illnesses and mood disorders
    • Stimulants
    • Antidepressants
    • Medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease
    • Therapies for treating migraine pain
    • Treatment for nausea and vomiting
    • Medications for treating severe infections (both internal and external)
    • Antibiotics
    • Antifungal medication
    • heart or blood pressure medication
    • seizure medication
    • medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C.
  • If you ever feel uneasy or experience overdose symptoms after taking medicine, you should immediately consult your doctor and seek medical assistance.
  • Please don’t take Ultram overdose symptoms on a lighter note, as these symptoms can be life-threatening. The following are some overdose symptoms that one can experience:
    • Unusual drowsiness
    • Pinpoint pupil
    • Shallow breathing
  • You can also get emergency medical assistance by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
  • Your doctor may prescribe you naloxone to treat and reverse the Ultram overdose symptoms.
  • Please consult your doctor before leaving Ultram; he will gradually decrease your medicine dosage to avoid the medicine’s adverse effect.
  • Please don’t drink alcohol while using Ultram.
  • Avoid using herbal products, nutritional supplements, and other over the counter medications while taking Ultram.
  • Don’t involve yourself in activities that require attention and alertness until you are under this medication’s effect.
  • You should stop taking other around-the-clock narcotic medication while using Ultram.
  • You may need frequent blood tests to determine whether medicine is working well enough for you.
  • Keep Ultram tablets out of the reach of children. They can misuse it by mistake.
  • Store Ultram at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
  • You can ask your doctor about all the necessary precautions that you should take while using Ultram.
  • You should consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Ultram.
  • After completion of treatment, ask a pharmacist near you about the proper disposal of leftover medicine.

Ultram dosage

Take Ultram dosage as prescribed by your doctor, and please don’t take it more often than prescribed. Your doctor should prescribe you the lowest possible dose in starting and then gradually increase or decrease your medicine dose according to your health condition. To determine a suitable dosage, they should make a full and proper medical checkup of the patient.

Your doctor will recommend Ultram depending on several factors such as:

  • Your age
  • Your weight
  • Your medical condition
  • Other health disorder you already have
  • How you responded to the first dose of the medicine

The following is the usual Ultram dose that a doctor can prescribe according to different medical conditions:

Dosage for treating chronic pain

  • For older adults
  • For adults
  • For children

Dosage for treating moderate to severe pain

  • For older adults
  • For adults
  • For children

Ultram side effects

The common side effects of using Ultram are as follows:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Itching

These side effects mentioned above will stop bothering you after a while, but if they don’t, you should consult your doctor ASAP and ask for medical help. You should stop taking medicine and tell your doctor if you ever experience any of the following health issues:

  • Noisy breathing
  • Sighing
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping)
  • Slow heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • Lightheadedness
  • Seizures
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Problem in intimacy
  • Low cortisol level in the body resulting in loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, or vomiting
  • Signs of serotonin syndrome such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Infertility (both in men and women)
  • Any other allergic reaction to the medicine

You should also report to your doctor if you ever experience any other side effects or symptoms that are getting even worse.