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Ultram ER

Abuse Potential

Ultram ER has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse, similar to morphine. Initially, this drug was marketed as a pain medication with very little potential for abuse. However, healthcare providers quickly recognized that many of their patients had become addicted to Ultram ER. Now, the prescribing information for this medication contains numerous different warnings about the potential for Ultram ER abuse.
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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations include the following:
  • Ultram ER comes in the form of extended-release tablets. It is usually taken once a day.
  • It does not matter if you take Ultram ER with or without food. However, it is recommended that you consistently take it one way or the other (either with food or without food).
  • Breaking, dissolving, or crushing Ultram ER tablets can be very dangerous, as this will cause too much of the medication to be released too quickly.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Ultram ER, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Tramadol Withdrawal).
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