If you have moderate to moderately severe pain, your healthcare provider may prescribe tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®).
Tramadol hydrochloride 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. This medication also works in a similar manner as some antidepressants by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
Tramadol hydrochloride comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain. The tablets are available in one strength -- tramadol 50 mg.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with tramadol hydrochloride, make sure to 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 commonly reported side effects include constipation, nausea, and drowsiness.
(Click Tramadol for more information on this prescription pain medication, including an explanation of how tramadol hydrochloride works, potential side effects, and possible safety concerns to be aware of before taking this drug.)