Prior to taking Ultram Tramadol, it is important for patients to know how to administer the drug, as well as identify possible adverse reactions. Commonly prescribed to ease pain due to muscular conditions, cancer, or injury, Ultram Tramadol should be taken every four to six hours, or as directed by a physician.
Similar to other prescription medications, Ultram Tramadol may cause serious side effects. Seizures are rare, but may occur. For this matter, persons who have a medical history of epilepsy should not take this particular drug. Other serious side effects include difficult breathing, swelling (lips, tongues, closing of throat), and hives. Furthermore, patients may experience mild withdrawal symptoms. Less serious side effects may include dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, and headache.
Because Ultram Tramadol acts as a muscle relaxant, patients should stay away from alcoholic beverages. Taking certain medications such as sedatives, tranquilizers, and antihistamines can intensify drowsiness. Due to feelings of fatigue or tiredness, persons taking this drug should avoid operating motor vehicles. For this matter, physicians will likely inquire about medications being taken, including over-the-counter drugs and health supplements.
It is important for patients to take Ultram Tramadol specifically as directed. To avoid dependency, do not take more than the recommended dosage. Although this medication can be taken without food, patients should take the medication with a glass of water or milk. Even though the average dosage is 100 – 400 mg per day, with an oral tablet taken every 4 to 6 hours, persons with kidney or liver problems may require a lower dosage. Elderly patients may also need a low dosage. In fact, persons over the age of 75 should not be prescribed a dosage higher than 300 mg per day. Furthermore, persons who are sensitive to medications may begin with a low dosage. If necessary, physicians can adjust the medication as needed.
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