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Tramadol Pain Medicine

Tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) is a medicine approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. This prescription medication is considered a controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As a pain medicine, tramadol has significant potential for abuse.
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. The drug also works in a similar manner as some antidepressant medications by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
When used as a pain medicine, Tramadol is only approved for adults (age 16 and older), and is typically taken every four to six hours as needed. Although most people have no problems with this medication, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with tramadol, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and non-prescription medicines).
(Click Tramadol for more detailed information on using this pain medicine. This article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and possible overdose symptoms with tramadol.)
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