Generic Name: tramadol (TRAM a dol)
Brand names: ConZip, Rybix ODT, Ryzolt, Ultram, Ultram ER
What is Ryzolt?
Ryzolt (tramadol) is a narcotic-like pain reliever.
Ryzolt extended-release tablets are used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when treatment is needed around the clock.
Ryzolt may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Ryzolt
You should not take Ryzolt if you are allergic to tramadol, if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol, or if you have ever attempted suicide. Do not take Ryzolt while you are intoxicated (drunk) or taking any of the following: alcohol or street drugs, narcotic pain medicine, sedatives or tranquilizers, or medicine for depression, anxiety, or mental illness.
Seizures (convulsions) have occurred in some people taking this medication. Ryzolt may be more likely to cause a seizure if you have a history of seizures or head injury, a metabolic disorder, or if you are taking certain medicines such as antidepressants, muscle relaxers, narcotic, or medicine for nausea and vomiting.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. A Ryzolt overdose can be fatal.
Ryzolt may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not crush the Ryzolt tablet. This medicine is for oral (by mouth) use only. Powder from a crushed tablet should not be inhaled or diluted with liquid and injected into the body. Using this medicine by inhalation or injection can cause life-threatening side effects, overdose, or death.
Before taking Ryzolt
You should not take Ryzolt if you are allergic to tramadol, if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol, or if you have ever attempted suicide.
Do not take Ryzolt while you are intoxicated (drunk) or taking any of the following:
alcohol or street drugs;
narcotic pain medicine;
sedatives or tranquilizers (such as Valium);
medicine for depression or anxiety; or
medicine for mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia).
Seizures have occurred in some people taking tramadol. Talk with your doctor about your seizure risk, which may be higher if you have:
a history of drug or alcohol addiction;
a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
a history of head injury;
a metabolic disorder; or
if you are also taking an antidepressant, muscle relaxer, narcotic, antipsychotic, or medicine for nausea and vomiting.
To make sure you can safely take Ryzolt, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
cirrhosis or other liver disease;
a stomach disorder; or
a history of depression, mental illness, or thoughts of suicide.
Ryzolt may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share Ryzolt with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Ryzolt will harm an unborn baby. Ryzolt may cause serious or fatal side effects in a newborn if the mother uses the medication during pregnancy or labor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Ryzolt. Tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking Ryzolt. Do not give this medication to anyone younger than 16 years old without the advice of a doctor.
See also: Ryzolt pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
How should I take Ryzolt?
Take Ryzolt exactly as prescribed. Never take Ryzolt in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Ryzolt can be taken with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Do not crush, chew, or break a Ryzolt tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Ryzolt is for oral (by mouth) use only. Powder from a crushed tablet should not be inhaled or diluted with liquid and injected into the body. Using this medicine by inhalation or injection can cause life-threatening side effects, overdose, or death.
After taking a Ryzolt extended-release tablet, the tablet shell may pass into your stools (bowel movements). This is normal and does not mean that you are not receiving enough of the medicine.
Do not stop using Ryzolt suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Store Ryzolt at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Tramadol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
See also: Ryzolt dosage (in more detail)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A Ryzolt overdose can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, shallow breathing, muscle weakness, slow heartbeat, cold or clammy skin, fainting, or seizure.
What should I avoid while taking Ryzolt?
Do not drink alcohol. It may cause a dangerous decrease in your breathing when used together with this medicine. Ryzolt may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Ryzolt side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Ryzolt: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Ryzolt and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting;
a red, blistering, peeling skin rash; or
shallow breathing, weak pulse.
Less serious Ryzolt side effects may include:
dizziness, spinning sensation;
constipation, upset stomach;
feeling nervous or anxious.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Ryzolt side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Ryzolt?
You may be more likely to have a seizure (convulsions) if you take Ryzolt while you are using certain other medicines. Do not take Ryzolt without telling your doctor if you also use any of the following medications:
an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam); or
an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip), citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol);
lithium (Eskalith, LithoBid);
ADHD medications (Adderall, Ritalin, Strattera);
an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), linezolid (Zyvox), rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater); or telithromycin (Ketek);
antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), miconazole (Oravig), or voriconazole (Vfend);
cancer medications such as gefitinib (Iressa), imatinib (Gleevec), or nilotinib (Tasigna);
a heart rhythm medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), flecainide (Tambocor), propafenone (Rythmol), or quinidine (Quin-G);
heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase), or ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra); or
migraine headache medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet).
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can interact with Ryzolt. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.
More Ryzolt resources
- Ryzolt Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Ryzolt extended-release tablets MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Ryzolt Prescribing Information (FDA)
- ConZip Prescribing Information (FDA)
- ConZip extended-release capsules MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Rybix ODT orally disintegrating tablets MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Rybix ODT Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Tramadol Hydrochloride Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Ultram Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Ultram ER Prescribing Information (FDA)
- tramadol MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Ryzolt.
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