Does ultram more commonly known as tramadol show up in a drug screening?

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10 Jan 2012

I am almost positive it does.

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10 Jan 2012

Ultram, chemical name "tramadol" is a synthetic narcotic. The consensus is that since the chemical structure of ultram is sufficiently unlike the other opiates that are usually screened, ultram is unlikely to be detected in a routine screening for opiates.

Ultram falls in to the category of analgesic pain relievers known as opioids and not opiates. An opioid by definition is a synthetic drug that has a very similar chemical structure as an opiate but does not metabolize in the body the same as an opiate because it is not derived from the opium poppy plant and therefore will not break down in to the urine as a morphine derivative.

A standard five panel drug test almost always looks for the presence of morphine derivatives in the urine and therefore will not detect Ultram/Tramadol.

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