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Ultram ER Uses

Ultram ER is specifically designed to be used consistently every day to treat moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. This prescription medication is only approved for use in adults and is not intended to treat mild or short-term pain. Ultram ER works in a similar way as morphine, which may cause abuse or dependence on the medication. At this time, there are no off-label uses for Ultram ER.

What Is Ultram ER Used For?

Ultram® ER (tramadol ER) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe chronic pain in adults who require continuous, around-the-clock pain medication. It should not be used to treat mild or short-term pain.
 
Ultram ER is meant to be used consistently every single day. It is not approved for "as needed" use (unscheduled use only when needed). Ultram ER is not appropriate for treating pain after a surgery, unless you were already taking Ultram ER before the surgery or if your pain is expected to be moderate to moderately severe and long-lasting.
 
Originally, tramadol medications (such as Ultram or Ultram ER) were marketed as medications with very weak narcotic effects and very little potential for abuse. As a result, many healthcare providers came to view tramadol as a relatively safe medication for use in people who were at risk for drug abuse (such as people with previous problems with drug or alcohol abuse). However, research has since demonstrated that tramadol works primarily through morphine-like activity, and numerous cases of abuse and dependence have been reported (see Tramadol Abuse).
 
As of July 2014, Ultram ER is a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means there are certain rules that regulate the prescribing and use of this medication, put in place to help prevent abuse. 
 
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