If you are suffering from moderate to severe pain, Tramadol is the right medication for you. Any pain that is bearable and can be cured with an over the counter medication should not be treated with Ultram. It looks similar to opioid analgesics in the composition and works in a matching manner too. Ultram is the commonly known brand name of the tablet Tramadol.
This drug is issued with FDA warning highlighting the fact that it can be addictive or misused. It can also have fatal effects on children and is sensitive to many interactive drugs. FDA has strictly announced that misuse of this drug or over dosing can result in life threatening consequences, therefore, it is issued after viewing an authentic prescription.
The oral tablet of Tramadol is used as a pain reliever that has a mechanism similar to that of morphine. Tramadol binds to the brain receptors and stops the transmission of painful sensation to brain. Although it is primarily recommended for pain relief, people actively misuse it like other narcotics. Arthritis patients may take this medicine for any sudden painful sensations.
Ultram is not classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), hence the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding internally is minimal. Tramadol hydrochloride is an active ingredient of the drug present only 50 gm in each tablet. Sodium starch glycolate (Type A) and magnesium stearate are some of the other main components of the drug.
Extended release version of Tramadol are used for chronic pain patients such as elderly with arthritis. Children younger than 12 cannot have this drug. Immediate release drugs are released right way into the body and might work more effectively in the situation of an acute severe pain. This drug is termed as a controlled substance meaning you cannot self-medicate with it.
Some of the common side effects of this drug are:
- May promote lethargy, dizziness or lack of energy in the body
- Mild to throbbing headaches in some cases
- Parched mouth or dehydration
- Diarrhea along with vomiting or nauseous symptoms
- Serotonin Syndrome (symptoms like increased heart rate, stronger reflexes, feverish, involuntary movements, hallucinations)
- Serious trouble in breathing (symptoms include slowed chest movement, anxiety, high heart rate and breathing rate)
- May cause Adrenal insufficiency (symptoms such as long lasting fatigue and weak muscles)
- Androgen deficiency (symptoms like disturbed sleeping and fatigue or lethargy)
This drug is heighted mostly in the columns talking about adverse reactions happening as result of fatal drug interactions.
Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome: If pregnant women actively take this medication for long terms, the babies can form a habit of the drug leading to a withdrawal in the baby which is also fatal. Baby might show symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting or tremors when suffering from this syndrome.
Interactions with benzodiazepines: Serious consequences are reported when patients take benzodiazepines with Tramadol 50 Mg. The list of these severe effects is long and may include severe fatigue, delayed breathing, complete coma or even death.