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Rybix ODT works in the brain and spinal cord to treat pain. At this time, it is approved for use in adults only. Despite what was originally thought, the active ingredient in this product (tramadol) has significant potential for abuse. Rybix ODT is not classified as a controlled substance in most states, yet it works in a way similar to morphine within the body.

What Is Rybix ODT Used For?

This medication is no longer available, as it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Other tramadol products are still available. 
Rybix™ ODT (orally disintegrating tramadol) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate-to-moderately severe pain in adults. It comes in a tablet that dissolves rapidly on the tongue, without any need for water.
The active ingredient in Rybix ODT is tramadol. Originally, tramadol products were marketed as medications with weak narcotic effects and little potential for abuse. As a result, many healthcare providers came to view tramadol as a relatively safe medication for use in people at risk for drug abuse, such as people with previous problems with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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).
Because Rybix ODT is not classified as a controlled substance in most states, many healthcare providers use it for their patients when they want to avoid the inconveniences of prescribing a controlled substance (which many other pain medications are) or if they are not authorized to prescribe controlled substances.
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