Tramadol, also called Ultram, is an analgesic used to relieve pain, including use after surgery. The effects of Tramadol are similar to those of narcotic analgesics, and though it is not considered narcotic, it may become habit forming.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and do not stop taking Tramadol without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur: convulsions; difficulty in breathing; or pinpointed pupils of the eyes.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: blisters under the skin; blurred vision; change in walking and balance; convulsions; difficult urination; dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position; fainting; fast heartbeat; frequent urge to urinate; loss of memory; numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there; severe redness, swelling, and itching of the skin; shortness of breath; trembling and shaking of hands or feet; or trouble performing routine tasks.
ULTRAM (tramadol hydrochloride tablets) is a centrally acting analgesic. The chemical name for tramadol hydrochloride is (±)cis-2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-(3-methoxyphenyl) cyclohexanol hydrochloride. The molecular weight of tramadol hydrochloride is 299.8.Tramadol hydrochloride is a white, bitter, crystalline and odorless powder. It is readily soluble in water and ethanol and has a pKa of 9.41.The n-octanol/water log partition coefficient (logP) is 1.35 at pH 7. ULTRAM tablets contain 50 mg of tramadol hydrochloride and are white in color. Inactive ingredients in the tablet are corn starch, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80,sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide and wax.
Tramadol has the following structural formula: