Is tramadol a controlled substance?
Question posted by toule france on 3 Nov 2012
Last updated on 10 September 2018 by fotoflood
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.
Thanks for the official answer. I have been taking tramadol but it does not seem to do anything. Does anyone have any answer to that?
Thanks everyone !
As of August 18, 2014, tramadol will be a Schedule IV Controlled drug.
Tramadol or Ultram is considered a schedule IV drug in 10 states. It can be abused in high doses. I'm sure more states will follow in making tramadol a controlled substance.
Tramadol is a very low narcotic and in minnesota most people wouldnt take it if it was otc. Fact is lortabs or oxy is the prefered pain med here
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 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.
Hello toule france. No, its not but it should be. Its fast becoming one of the top recreational drugs. Regards pledge
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.
Not federally yet, but it is in 2 states. One is Tenn. I'm not sure of the other one.
- Tramadol uses and safety info
- Tramadol information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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