This medication is used for treating moderate to severe chronic pain whenever treatment is necessary around the clock. It should be taken as prescribed by your doctor whose precise instructions can be found o the medication's label.
Ultram can be taken with or without food. However, it should be swallowed whole, without crushing, breaking or chewing. While you may begin to feel well while on this medication, it is important that you continue taking it. Of course, it is also important that you do not miss a dosage. If you do miss a dosage, make sure that you take it as soon as you remember to do so. In the event that it happens to be close to the time when your next dosage is due, you should simply skip this dosage and go back to your regular schedule. You do not ever want to exceed the recommended dosage, double up on a dosage or take this medication for longer than it has been prescribed
Ultram side effects
Ultram does not cause serious side effects too often – in most cases you will tolerate this medication very well without any side effects whatsoever. However, they are still possible and can include peeling skin rash, shallow breathing, and weak pulse. Serious side effects are to be reported to your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure they do not get worse. Less serious side effects are more common and can include dizziness, sleep problems, blurred vision, constipation, weakness, drowsiness, vomiting, nausea, and flushing. Mild side effects are not supposed to be reported to your doctor, as they are likely to go away on their own without any complications occurring. In some rare cases people taking this medication have reported seizures. This symptom is not likely to happen in many patients, but you need to know about such a possibility. If you have a history of seizures or taking some medications (nausea and vomiting drugs, muscle relaxants or antidepressants), the likelihood of developing such symptoms is higher, so make sure you talk about all the risks with your health care provider. Your risk of seizures may be higher if you have ever been diagnosed with a metabolic disorder, or have a history of head injury, a history of some seizure disorder or have been addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Ultram should be stored at room temperature, away from both heat and light.
What you need to discuss with your health care provider before using Ultram
Discuss your health conditions with your doctor before you start taking Ultram, as some of them can affect your treatment if the right dose of Ultram is not prescribed. The following drugs are important to mention: a history of depression, mental illness, suicide attempt, a stomach disorder, kidney disease, and liver disease. Ultram is FDA pregnancy category C – this category means that it is not known whether Ultram can be harmful to an unborn baby, but this medication can pass into breast milk and affect the health of a nursing infant.
Medications Ultram can interfere with
The following drugs are to be reported to your health care provider, as taking them may prevent you from being able to take Ultram safely: sedatives or tranquilizers, narcotic pain medicine, alcohol, medicine for mental illness, street drugs, and medicines for depression or anxiety. Some of them can make Ultram less efficient, while others can contribute to developing unpleasant side effects, so their use needs to be discussed with your health care provider. Also make sure you mention any of the following ones: St. John's wort, cold medicine, muscle relaxants, erythromycin, digoxin, warfarin, medicine for seizures, quinidine, ketoconazole, and rifampin.
A missed dose is supposed to be taken right away – as soon as you remember about it. If it is almost time for you to take the next dose – do not take the one you missed, and do not double up to make up for the dose you forgot to take. Instead, just take one dose and carry on with the treatment.
In case of Ultram overdose
Overdose symptoms can be any of the following: slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, drowsiness, lightheadedness, fainting, coma, extreme weakness, and cold or clammy skin. If you have taken too much of this medication and experience any of the symptoms mentioned, make sure you contact your local emergency center and described the problem.