At times pain can make life feel awful. Ultram is a proven narcotic-like pain reliever. This drug is used to overcome various degrees of pain that are caused by a variety of medical conditions and bring back the goodness in life. Like morphine, Ultram binds to receptors in the brain (opioid receptors) that are important for conveying the sensation of pain from throughout the body. Numerous doctors are apt to prescribe Ultram, since it delivers particular advantages over other analgesic medications.

What about interactions between Ultram and other drugs?

Do not ever take Ultram if you are presently using alcohol or recreational substances, have ever been addicted or become inebriated in the past few days. Drugs that should not be taken with Ultram include other narcotic pain relievers, sedatives or tranquilizers, street drugs or medicine for depression, anxiety or mental illness. Documented information about interactions with certain other medications is precautionary and may be obtained from your doctor or pharmacist. Tell the doctor about the medications or substances you are currently taking into your body in order to best formulate and manage your pain treatment.

What should expectant mothers know about Ultram?

Ultram may induce critical or fatal side effects in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy or labor. United States FDA puts Ultram under Pharmaceutical Pregnancy Category C. This means that animal reproduction studies have shown a bad effect on unborn creatures, and there are not adequate, well-controlled studies in humans. However, potential help from the drug may warrant someone who is pregnant taking the drug despite potential risks in certain cases. Ultram is known to pass into breast milk and to be harmful for the newborn baby. Let your physician know if you are providing breast milk to an infant. The effects of Ultram on teens and little children are not well studied. The drug should not be taken by persons younger than 17 years of age.

Is overdose an issue with Ultram?

Do not exceed your prescribed dosage, otherwise you may experience severe side effects and overdose symptoms. Contact emergency medical responders if you think you have swallowed too much of this medicine. Ultram products in excessive doses, either alone or in combination with other CNS (Central Nervous System) depressants, including alcohol, are a cause of drug-related deaths. Overdose symptoms can include drowsiness, extreme weakness, shallow breathing, slow heart beat, cold or clammy skin, lightheadedness, fainting or coma. Also you should be aware that Ultram can cause side effects, which may inflict normal thinking and reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything where you need to be alert and awake.

Should there be concern about addiction with Ultram?

Ultram is known to become habit-forming in some people. Thus, it should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. This medication should not be offered to another individual, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot access it. Do not discontinue use of Ultram suddenly, or you could have uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, perspiring, feeling like you will vomit, diarrhea, shaking, chills, hallucinations, problem sleeping, or respiration problems. Consult with your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing the medication. As with other opiate pain relievers, Ultram should be taken exactly as prescribed and should not be crushed or mixed with liquid and injected. Inhaling or injecting it can cause life-threatening reactions, overdose or death.