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Tramadol HCL

A healthcare provider may prescribe tramadol hydrochloride (also known as tramadol HCL or Ultram®) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults.
Tramadol HCL is classified as a "centrally acting opioid analgesic." This means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. The medication also works in a similar manner as some antidepressants by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
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.
Although most people have no problems with this medication, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with tramadol HCL, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include constipation, nausea, and drowsiness.
(Click Tramadol for more information on how this medication can be beneficial in relieving pain. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using tramadol HCL.)
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