Ultram® is the U.S. brand name of tramadol, an analgesic (pain-reducing) opiate drug that treats maladies such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • RLS (restless legs syndrome)

Side Effects of Ultram® / Tramadol

The regular version of Ultram® provides pain relief for about 4 to 6 hours and the extended-release version is to be taken once a day for all-day pain relief. Ultram® comes in a variety of forms. As an opiate agonist, it has a long laundry list of potential side effects, including:

  • Agitation
  • Changes in mood
  • Chills
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing — an especially dangerous side effect
  • Headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness, sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle tightness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Rash
  • Seizures
  • Sores on the inside of your mouth, nose, eyes, or throat
  • Sweating
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, throat, tongue, lips, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

State Regulation of Ultram®

Although Ultram® is not a federally controlled drug, many states have classified it as a controlled substance, because it has a high potential for addiction and abuse. In fact, in 2009, the FDA issued a warning to marketers saying that they were overstating the efficacy of the drug and understating or minimizing the many risks associated with it.

Ultram® and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy, talk to your doctor before starting treatment with Ultram®. It has been suggested that taking this drug while pregnant, especially during the first two months, may increase a woman’s risk of having a baby with birth defects. Taking a high dose of the medication close to delivery can also increase the risk for complications.

Women who took this drug close to delivery should tell their doctors right away if they notice unusual symptoms in their babies such as:

  • Persistent crying
  • Shallow or slow breathing
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Women that are breastfeeding should not take Ultram® as it can be passed to the baby through the milk and cause complications.

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