Tramadol or Ultram is used to alleviate pain.
Tramadol or Ultram binds in the body to certain opiod pain receptors. By doing this, it modifies the pain message - specifically by blocking the reuptake of the neuro chemicals norepinephrine and serotonin. The net result is pain relief.
Tramadol or Ultram is not a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug, nor is it a narcotic.
Tramadol or Ultram can cause dizziness, nausea, constipation, headaches, and drowsiness. It less likely to interfere with respiration than narcotic pain killers.
People who have unsuccessfully used non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and/or narcotic pain killers may find Tramadol or Ultram useful.
Because Tramadol or Ultram can cause drowsiness, any drug that also produces drowsiness, including alcohol, should be avoided.
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The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.