Tramadol is a narcotic pain-reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain, the extended release form of tablet is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. A combination of the product of Tramadol and acetaminophen (Ultracet) is also available.
Brand names: Ultram, Ultram ER, Conzip
In 1995, Tramadol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) as a non controlled analgesic. Before consuming Tramadol one should keep in mind the following facts:
- One should not be allergic to this medication
- Blockage in intestines and stomach
- If one has recently consumed alcohol or sedatives
- History of drug addition
- History of head injury, epilepsy or other seizure disorder
- Metabolic disorder
- Liver or kidney disease
- Pregnant women and elderly people over 75 should avoid this medication
Tramadol Dosage information
Tramadol comes as a tablet, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet and an orally disintegrating tablet (tablet that dissolves quickly in the mouth). The regular tablet and orally disintegrating tablets are usually taken with or without food every 4-6 hours as needed. The extended-release tablet and extended-release capsule should be taken once a day. Take the extended-release tablet and the extended-release capsule at about the same time of day every day. If you are taking the extended-release capsule, you may take it with or without food. If you are taking the extended-release tablet, you should either always take it with food or always take it without food. Take tramadol exactly as directed. Do not take more medication as a single dose or take more doses per day than prescribed by your doctor. Taking more Tramadol than prescribed by your doctor or in a way that is not recommended may cause serious side effects or death.
Your doctor may start you on a low dose of Tramadol and gradually increase the amount of medication you take, not more often than every 3 days if you are taking the regular tablets or orally disintegrating tablets or every 5 days if you are taking the extended-release tablets or extended-release capsules.