Ultram Consumer Information
What is Ultram?
Also sold under the generic name, Tramadol Hydrochloride, this is a painkiller and it’s effective in most cases of moderate to severe pain. It comes in a conventional tablet form or in an extended-release version to provide relief 24/7.
How does it work?
It changes the levels of the neurotransmitters in your brain. These are the chemical systems for carrying messages. In this case, Ultram prevents all but the most severe pain messages from reaching your conscious mind.
Is this drug for everyone?
There has been no formal testing of this drug on children and teens under the age of 18 years but practical experience shows that low doses are usually safe for teens. You should always consult a doctor before giving any powerful drug to children. For the same reason, it’s unwise to take this drug if you are breastfeeding. The effect on you newborn is difficult to predict. At the other end of the age range, it should be used with care in anyone over the age of 65 and only under supervised conditions over the age of 75 years. Otherwise, it works well in adults regardless of race or gender. Lower dosages will be required if you have a liver or kidney disease.
What are the risks of dependence?
You should not start to take this drug if you have any history of alcohol or drug abuse. It’s is quite easy to build up tolerance for this drug and to become physically dependent on it. With a history of addictive behavior, you can go beyond dependence into a full addiction, i.e you will not be able to stop taking the drug even though you understand it is not in your interests. For the “ordinary” person, there is no real risk so long as you take the dosage prescribed and do not exceed the period of time set.
Drink down the tablet or capsule with a full glass of water. Do not chew or crush. This will change the speed at which the active ingredients are absorbed into your bloodstream.
What are the main side effects?
The majority of people take Ultram without experiencing any side effects. The most common and less serious are dizziness or drowsiness, headache, stomach upset and difficulty sleeping. More serious are an allergic response, violent mood swings toward depression, confusion and hallucinations, or difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and fainting.