If you are suffering from moderate to severe pain, you may be prescribed Tramadol. This analgesic is the generic version of the brand name drug Ultram. It belongs to a class of drugs that are similar to narcotics and are known as opiate agonists. This pain reliever is often prescribed to help patients manage moderate to severe pain that is chronic. Ultram is designed to provide only short-term pain relief and should not be taken long-term.
Benefits Of Ultram
• Works very fast in as little as half an hour
• Helps patients manage moderate to severe pain
• Treats chronic pain including joint or cancer pain
• Also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• May reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms
How It Works
Depending on your case, Ultram may be prescribed as an extended release or immediate release. The latter is the most common and is normally prescribed in 50 mg doses. You can obtain a higher dose of Ultram, 100, 200 or even 300 mgs if you choose time release tablets. This is often preferable if you need to manage your pain over an extended time period.
Always take Ultram according to your doctor’s prescription, and never inject, crush, chew or split the tablets. They should be taken every 4 to 6 hours, according to your pain level. You can choose whether to eat or take the drug without any food. Many times your doctor will start you on a low dosage of the drug before gradually increasing it.
Possible Side Effects
You may experience minor side effects when you take Ultram. These can include vomiting, a loss of appetite, constipation, blurred vision, flushing, drowsiness and insomnia. In most cases, the side effects will stop when you stop taking Ultram. If you experience symptoms such as blistering skin, a weak pulse, convulsions or shallow breathing, seek immediate medical attention. You also need to be aware that Ultram can be addictive when taken for a long period of time.