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Tramadol (Ultram) for Pain

Tramadol is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called narcotic painkillers. It’s taken by adult patients to treat severe or moderate pain. Its extended-release form is used for 24/7 treatment of pain.

How to Take Tramadol Safely

It’s necessary to take this drug according to the directions of your doctor. Don’t take it in higher doses or for longer than needed because Tramadol is a habit-forming medicine. Its misuse may lead to overdose, addiction, and even death. Take it with or without food. Don’t stop this treatment suddenly because you risk ending up with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Go to the hospital if you experience any overdose symptoms, such as severe drowsiness, slow heart rates, slow breathing, clammy skin, etc..

Important Precautions

Don’t take Tramadol if you’re prone to forming addiction or have suicidal thoughts. It’s not intended to be used by children who are less than 12 years old. If you’re pregnant, don’t take this medication because of life-threatening symptoms for newborn babies. Don’t mix it with alcohol because it can slow down your breathing and cause severe drowsiness. The intake of Tramadol increases the risk of seizures. To ensure that it’s safe for you, inform doctors about any other medical conditions that you have, especially:

If you’re breastfeeding, avoid the intake of Tramadol because of possible risks for nursing babies. This medication can impair your reactions and thinking, so you need to avoid driving and doing other things that require your full attention.

Potential Side Effects

Like other narcotic meds, the use of Tramadol may slow down your breathing. Get emergency medical help if you experience any symptoms of allergic reactions, such as fever, hives, sore throat, trouble breathing, burning in eyes, swelling, skin peeling or blistering, etc. Stop taking Tramadol and call your doctor if you have these severe side effects:

Drug Interactions

To avoid dangerous drug interactions, don’t take Tramadol along with sedatives, other narcotic meds, tranquilizers, MAO inhibitors, muscle relaxants, certain antidepressants, antibiotics, diuretics or water pills, bronchodilators, allergy or cold medications, sleeping pills, and antifungals