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Tramadol Indications

Some of the indications of tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) include treating moderate to moderately severe pain. This prescription medication is only approved for use in adults age 16 and older.
Tramadol 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. Tramadol also works in a similar manner as some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
Originally, tramadol was marketed as a medication with weak narcotic effects and little potential for abuse. As a result, many healthcare providers believed that tramadol was generally safe for people who were at risk for drug abuse, such as people with previous problems with drug or alcohol abuse. However, research has since demonstrated that this medication works primarily through morphine-like activity, and numerous cases of abuse and dependence have been reported.
(Click What Is Tramadol Used For? for a more in-depth look at tramadol indications, including information on how it works and how it can help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.)
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