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Tramadol Medication for Pain

Tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) is approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This medication is only approved for adults (age 16 and older), and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. Tramadol has significant potential for abuse and is classified as a controlled substance in certain states.
As a prescription pain medication, 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).
Although most people tolerate tramadol well, it is not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines), as well as any other medical conditions you may have.
(Click Tramadol for a complete overview of tramadol, a medication for pain relief. This article also discusses how this drug works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before taking it.)
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