Ultram® (tramadol hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults (age 16 and older).
The drug comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually every four to six hours as needed for pain. Ultram tablets are only available in one strength -- Ultram 50 mg tablets.
Ultram is part of a group of medications called "centrally acting opioid analgesics." This means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), acts much like morphine in the body, and relieves pain. Ultram also works in a similar manner as some antidepressant medications, by inhibiting the reuptake of certain brain chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine).
Although most people tolerate Ultram tablets well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include drowsiness, headaches, and nausea.
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