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