The prescription drug known, as Ultracet is a combination of acetaminophen and tramadol, which are both used to control pain in patients. This medication is best used for short-term pain management, usually less than a week.
The most important fact about Ultracet is that if you suffer from seizures or forms of epilepsy, you should never take this medication. This is because this medication has a rare side effect of causing seizures. In fact, if a patient accidentally takes more medication than is prescribed, he or she has an even greater risk of seizures. In addition, any person that has experienced head traumas, infections of the central nervous system, metabolic disorders, or are in the process of drug or alcohol withdrawal should avoid taking Ultracet. There are other factors that raise the risk of experiencing seizures while taking this medication, so it is important you discuss your entire health history with your doctor.
Also when you take this medication, you should always remember to take it just as your doctor has prescribed. You will always need to take this medication with a full glass of water and if you are experiencing stomach cramping or nausea after taking Ultracet, try to take your medicine with a meal or food. Normally, your doctor will prescribe two pills every four to six hours, with a maximum daily does of eight tablets per day. You should never exceed this unless you are specifically directed to do so by your health care provider.
In addition, you will be directed to not drink alcohol while taking Ultracet. This can cause a decrease in breathing and a decreased function of the liver. If you are taking Ultracet, you should not take any other medications, including over the counter medications. This is especially true for medications that contain pain relievers such as aspirin, Tylenol or flu medications.
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