Yes, tramadol is clasified by the US DEA as a schedule IV controlled substance. There is an ongoing concern that tramadol (Ultram, Ultram ER, Ultracet, ConZip, Ryzolt, Rybix ODT), a narcotic-like pain reliever, is linked with drug abuse, addiction, and overdose. To address these concerns, in 2014 the DEA placed all forms of tramadol into schedule IV. Prior to this, tramadol was consider less risk and was only a controlled substance in a few states. Now, tramadol prescriptions may only be refilled up to 5 times in a 6 month period after the date the prescription was first written. After 5 refills or 6 months, whichever occurs first, a new prescription is required.
Tramadol is not a federally controlled substance but some states have made it a Schedule IV. Be very careful though, it is addictive and has some strong withdrawal symptoms. Tramadol is a synthetic opioid, which means it has the structure of narcotics like hydrocodone or oxycodone without the strong euphoric effect.
It can cause euphoria if taken in high doses but high doses causes seizures. Also, please be VERY CAREFUL if you are taking any other anti-depressants like Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Effexor or other SSRIs. These anti-depressants effect the level of Serotonin in the brain. Too much and it causes "Serotonin Syndrome", which can also cause seizures among other things.
Tramadol is not a federally controlled drug, however the following U.S. states have elected to make tramadol a schedule IV controlled drug: Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma and the U.S. military, with other states considering similar actions.
So ironic. I just had appt with pain doc this morning and had to have a urine test. They tell me they are checking my Morphine, Fentanyl, Gabapentin, and Xanax levels. They were marked in a certain section of the test paper I had to sign. I noticed that Tramadol IS listed on another part of the form, so, some docs are checking for it.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
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