IMPORTANT NOTE: The
following information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or
other healthcare professional. Do not misunderstand this as an indication that
consuming this drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for your condition.
Always consult your healthcare professional first.
TRAMADOL - ORAL (TRAH-muh-dall)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ultram
USES: Tramadol is used for pain
HOW TO USE: Take Ultram
by mouth as prescribed. It is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours as
needed. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not increase
your dose on your own or ultilize it more frequently or use it for a longer period
of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming.
Also, if used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop
using this drug without speaking with your physician first. When used for extended
periods, this medication may not work as well and may require an alternative
dosing schedule. Consult your doctor if the medication stops working well.
SIDE EFFECTS: Ultram may
cause dizziness, weakness, incoordination, nausea or vomiting, stomach
upset, constipation, headache, drowsiness, anxiety, irritability,
dry mouth, or increased sweating. If any of these effects persist
or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop
any of these serious effects while taking this medication: chest
pain, rapid heart rate, skin rash or itching, mental confusion,
disorientation, seizures, tingling of the hands or feet, trouble
breathing. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to
this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic
reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, breathing
trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor or pharmacist.
ULTRAM PRECAUTIONS:: Avoid alcohol consumption while you are taking this medication. Alcohol may cause a dangerous decrease in your breathing when used together with tramadol, and so the combination should be strictly avoided.
Avoid using drugs that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, other pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). These drugs may slow your breathing or increase drowsiness when used together with tramadol.
Tramadol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor
of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use,
especially of: carbamazepine, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine),
drugs used to aid sleep, antidepressants (e.g., SSRI-types such
as fluoxetine or fluvoxamine), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone,
linezolid, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine),
psychiatric medicine (e.g., nefazodone), "triptan"-type
drugs, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), sibutramine. Also, report
use of certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine) which are
also present in many cough-and-cold products that you may purchase over the counter. Do not start or stop
any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose of Ultram is suspected,
contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Symptoms of overdose may include cold and clammy skin, low body
temperature, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, drowsiness, dizziness,
lightheadedness, deep sleep, loss of consciousness, or seizures.
NOTES: Do not share this medication
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose,
take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the
time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume
your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store Ultram
at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees
C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep
this and all medications out of the reach of children.
Related Products: Tramadol, Butalbital, Ultracet, Celebrex and Fioricet