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Tramadol Drug Information

Tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults.
As a centrally acting opioid analgesic drug, tramadol works by affecting the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) in a similar manner as morphine. It also works in a similar manner as some antidepressants by blocking the reuptake of certain chemicals in the brain (serotonin and norepinephrine) so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells.
Although most people do not experience problems with this drug, tramadol can cause side effects. Some of the commonly reported ones include drowsiness, nausea, and constipation. Also, this medication does have a significant potential for abuse, so it may not be suitable for some people. Before starting treatment with tramadol, drug information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. This includes when and how to take tramadol, safety concerns to be aware of, and side effects to watch for.
The drug comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain. Tramadol HCL tablets are available in one strength -- tramadol 50 mg.
(Click Tramadol for a more in-depth look at important drug information, including how tramadol works and detailed information on its effects, potential side effects, and general precautions.)
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