There are numerous illness and conditions that can subject our bodies to daily pain, interfering with jobs, families and even sleep. Since time immemorial, people have used various methods to manage chronic pain with varying degrees of success. In the early 19 century, people began using narcotic drugs (mostly opium) to relieve pain. Even heroin was originally intended to be used as a pain relief medicine. With time, these narcotic drugs were found to be addictive, interfered with digestion, metabolism, mood and could even slow down or completely stop the user from breathing when over used, with fatal results.
Ultram (Tramadol Hydrochloride is an opiod analgesic (painkiller) commonly used to manage moderate to severe pain in patients aged 17 years or more. The drug has a wide range of medical applications that include the treatment of restless leg syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, fybromulagia and motor neuron syndrome. Tramadol, the drug's potent molecule was first developed by the German pharmaceutical giant Grünenthal in 1977 and has since then been marketed under a number of generic brand names including Ryolt, Conzip, Ultram and Ultracet in the U.S, Zytram XL and Ralivia in Canada. Over the years, tramadol has been changed and marketed by different company's operating under license from Grünenthal to offer patients faster and better pain relief.
Ultram therefore has a solid scientific background that enables these substances to help millions of patients around the globe. While Ultram was initially developed to replace the narcotic painkillers available on the market, both patients and physicians have reported cases of dependence on the drug.
There is some controversy regarding the abuse potential of Ultram since it was claimed to have a lower risk of dependence than traditional opiods and narcotics. In fact, Grünenthal specifically promoted the drug as a replacement for the addictive painkillers that were in use at that time. According to clinical trials, dependence to Ultram rarely develops within the first three months of use. Due to this, both health authorities and physicians consider the drug's abuse potential to be relatively low. It is therefore not scheduled as a controlled substance in most countries. However, if abused or used for a long time, dependence often develops.
Common signs of dependence you should look out for when using this drug include developing tolerance for the prescribed dosage, ( not achieving the effect you used to get from a single pill) an overwhelming urge to increase the dose without the doctors recommendation and withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop taking the drug or reduce the dosage. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms experienced by patients include mood disorders, jitteriness, insomnia, depressions, anxiety, anguish, electric shock like sensation throughout the body, brain "zaps", palpitations, sweating, tremors, macropsia/micropsia and vivid dreams/ nightmare among others. Ultram withdrawals symptoms are typically more severe than those of other opiates and you can experience more than seven days of acute withdrawal symptoms as oppose to the typical three or days associated with opiates.
*You should never take this drug if you are allergic to tramadol. Inform your physician if you have ever had a drug or alcohol addiction problem in the past and avoid taking Ultram when intoxicated or after taking any of the following: street drugs or alcohol, tranquilizers or sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, or medicine for anxiety, depression or mental illness.
*People taking Ultram have experienced seizures and the drug is more likely to trigger a convulsion is you have ever suffered from seizures in the past, have suffered head injuries, have a metabolic disorder or are currently taking other prescription drugs like muscle relaxers, antidepressants or medicine for vomiting and nausea.
*An overdose of Ultram lead to death, seek immediate medical attention if you accidently use overdode on this drug.
*Ultram is a FDA category C drug. It is unknown whether Ultram will harm the unborn child. However, there are indications that the drug may cause serious or even fatal side effects if the used by the mother during pregnancy or labor. Inform you doctor if you get pregnant while taking Ultram. Nursing mothers should avoid using the drug since its metabolites can be passed through breast milk to the nursing child. The medication should not be administered to anyone below the age of 16