It is used as a pain reliever. It's one of the few medications that actually help with nerve pain helping conditions such as pain related to Diabetics as well as Fibromyalgia.
When it was first put out on the market, it was said to have no addictive or abuse profile, thus it was not classified as a scheduled drug despite it being an Opioid with a strength equal to that of Codeine. A few months ago, Utram revised its statement saying that there's a chance for abuse and addiction, which really is an understatement.
If Ultram is used for an extended period of time at a high dosage, it has been reported by some heroin addicts to be a drug harder to detox from than heroin. This is due to the fact that Ultram is structurally a SNRI that hits on the opioid sensors. The SNRI properties are also unlike any traditional SNRI in that it works immediately. The faster acting the drug is, the harder it is to get off of. An example of this is Xanax vs. Valium. Xanax is much harder to detox from vs. Valium, and as a result, it is common for a person to be switched medications so that the detox is easier.
So, as an overall, Ultram is a two in one drug. Detoxing would include severe SNRI withdrawals in addition to classic Opioid withdrawals. It's harder to become addicted to this medication vs. other opioids, but once you are, it's not easy to stop. In the next couple weeks, I plan on discontinuing this medication as it isn't nearly as effective as my other pain meds (I also take methadone as it is also one of the few that help nerve pain, has a low tolerance building profile, and is considered to be one of the best long term chronic pain meds, as long as it's taken exactly as is directed. It has been a god send for my fibromyalgia as I get sick on Lyrica, the ideal med. for that condition), so it'll be interesting. I'm just trying to simplify my medication profile, as I take roughly 8 different meds every day.
Hope that this helps!
The simple answer is for pain. Some doctors use it when pateint has a history of drug abuse but needs pain medication or for someone who has pain that NSAIDs wont help that much for but still needs to have a clear head for work or to drive ect. Most times its for migranes or daytime pains.
Ultram is a synthetic opioid. This just means that it isn't as super strong as a semi-synthetic opioid. My personal opinion is that its works well for medium pain and makes the day easier to get through.
- Ultram Information for Consumers
- Ultram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ultram (detailed)
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