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Tramadol for Pain

If you have moderate to moderately severe pain, your healthcare provider may prescribe tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®). This prescription medication is only approved for adults (age 16 and older), and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. This medication has significant potential for abuse and is classified as a controlled substance.
When using tramadol for pain, the medication works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. Tramadol also works in a similar manner as some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
(Click What Is Tramadol Used For? for a complete overview of using tramadol for pain relief. This article also discusses how the medication works, why it is not safe for children under the age of 16, and potential off-label uses.)
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