ConZip is prescribed for relieving around-the-clock pain in adults who have moderate-to-moderately severe chronic pain. It was originally prescribed for people who had a history of drug or alcohol abuse because it was thought that the medication was not addictive. However, it has been shown that ConZip use can lead to addiction and abuse.
What Is ConZip Used For?ConZip™ (tramadol ER) is a long-acting prescription pain medication. It has been approved for the treatment of moderate-to-moderately severe chronic pain in adults age 18 and older. It is appropriate only for individuals who require continuous, around-the-clock pain medication. It should not be used to treat mild or short-term pain. Typically, ConZip is used in people who have been treated successfully with short-acting tramadol but who would benefit from the convenience of a once-a-day formulation of the drug.
As of July 2014, ConZip is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means there are certain rules that regulate the prescribing and use of this medication, put in place to help prevent abuse.
Originally, tramadol medications were marketed as medications with very weak narcotic effects and very little potential for abuse. As a result, many healthcare providers came to view tramadol as a relatively safe medication for use in people who had a high risk for drug abuse, such as people with previous problems with drug or alcohol abuse. However, research has since demonstrated that tramadol works primarily through morphine-like activity, and numerous cases of abuse and dependence have been reported (see Tramadol Abuse).