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Tramadol Oral

A healthcare provider may prescribe tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) to help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. This medication is only approved for adults (age 16 and older).
Tramadol is an oral medication (taken by mouth) and is part of a group of medications called "centrally acting opioid analgesics." This means that tramadol works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. It also works in a similar manner as some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
The drug comes in tablet form, and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed for pain. Tramadol oral tablets are only available in one strength -- 50 mg.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include headaches, nausea, and constipation.
(Click Tramadol for more information on how tramadol oral tablets can help relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
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