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Ultram®

Ultram® is the U.S. brand name of tramadol, an analgesic (pain-reducing) opiate drug that is prescribed to treat 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 of Ultram® 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
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness, sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Hallucinations
  • Headache
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Itching
  • 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 Ultram® 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 Ultram® 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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