Potential for AbuseUltram has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse, similar to morphine. Initially, this drug was marketed as a pain medication with little potential for abuse. However, healthcare providers quickly recognized that many of their patients had become addicted to it. Now, the prescribing information for this medication contains numerous warnings about the potential for Ultram abuse.
Because Ultram can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription.
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When and How to Take UltramSome general considerations for those taking Ultram include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, typically every four to six hours as needed for pain.
- In many cases, your healthcare provider may recommend that you start with a low dose and slowly work up to a higher dose.
- You can take Ultram with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication (see Tramadol and Alcohol).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Also, do not suddenly stop taking Ultram, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Tramadol Withdrawal).