What Is Orally Disintegrating Tramadol Used For?
Orally disintegrating tramadol is approved to treat pain in adults. Specifically, it is used to relieve pain that is moderate to moderately severe in nature. Despite what was originally thought, the active ingredient in this medication has significant potential for abuse and addiction. There are currently no off-label uses for orally disintegrating tramadol.
An Introduction to the Uses for Orally Disintegrating Tramadol
This medication is no longer available, as it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Other tramadol products are still available.
Orally disintegrating tramadol (Rybix™ ODT) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate-to-moderately severe pain in adults. It comes in the form of a tablet that dissolves rapidly on the tongue, without any need for water.
The active ingredient in this product is tramadol. Originally, tramadol medications were marketed as medications with weak narcotic effects and little potential for abuse. As a result, many healthcare providers came to view tramadol as a relatively safe medication for use in people at risk for drug abuse, such as those with previous problems with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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).
Because orally disintegrating tramadol is not classified as a controlled substance in most states, many healthcare providers use it for their patients when they want to avoid the inconveniences of prescribing a controlled substance (which many other pain medications are) or if they are not authorized to prescribe controlled substances.