Tramadol, also called Ultram, is medicine that was created in Germany in the 1970s. This medicine is classified as a centrally acting opioid analgesic - basically a pain reliever - and is still available today. Tramadol is used for moderate to severe pain. In general, Tramadol is not sold over the counter.
Tramadol is used for a wide variety of conditions, but it is usually prescribed for conditions that are chronic. This is due to the fact that while Tramadol is stronger than many other pain relievers, it poses a lower risk for addiction. More so, the side effects associated with Tramadol are few and not severe. Some common side effects of Tramadol are diarrhea, headache, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and constipation. Each person may experience different side effects.
There are some restrictions regarding the use of Tramadol, though. This medication is a central nervous system depressant and using it in conjunction with other certain medication can be very dangerous. For example, Tramadol is never to be taken together with medication such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. Using Tramadol in conjunction with these may result in serotonin syndrome. While this is rather rare, it can become severe and cause seizures - even death. Other antidepressants should also not be used together with Tramadol.
More so, you should not drink alcohol or take sleeping pills with Tramadol. This pain reliever is also not recommended for pregnant women and nursing women. Since Tramadol is a prescription medicine anyway, you need to consult with your doctor before you take it.