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Tramadol Tablets

Tramadol hydrochloride (Ultram®) is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults (age 16 and older).
 
The drug comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed. Tramadol tablets are only available in one strength -- 50 mg.
 
Tramadol is part of a group of medications called "centrally acting opioid analgesics." This means that tramadol tablets work in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), act much like morphine in the body, and relieve pain. The medication 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 tablets well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment, 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 common side effects include drowsiness, headaches, and nausea.
 
(Click Tramadol for a more in-depth look at how tramadol tablets work, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
 
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