Ultram is the brand name for tramadol, a pain medication prescribed to relieve moderate pain to moderately severe pain. This medication is designed to provide lasting relief when consumed regularly by the patient (as opposed to a one-time-use pain killer that works immediately). Tramadol works through opiate receptors. It causes the release of serotonin, inhibits the reuptake of norepinepherine and is an NMDA antagonist. All of these substances are related to pain and pain perception. Ultram is an opiate analgesic that is similar to codeine and works by altering the way the body senses pain signals. Ultram has the potential for abuse and addiction.

Usage and risks

Ultram is usually taken every four to six hours and is available in a variety of forms, including capsules, extended-release tablets, powders and more. Regardless of the brand of tramadol that is prescribed, it is extremely important that the patient follows a physician’s instructions exactly because tramadol can be habit-forming and carries a number of potential side effects, including:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Seizure

Ultram works as an opioid receptor antagonist that blocks or diminishes response to pain. In theory, by taking tramadol regularly, it can change how the body recognizes pain-related symptoms, such as neck pain or back pain. It is important to remember that while Ultram may provide pain relief, it merely manages the symptoms rather than addressing the source of pain. Additionally, like all narcotics, Ultram must be taken carefully as to avoid addiction. Furthermore, Ultram should never be taken by patients who are also taking antidepressants or who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Lasting relief

When used properly, Ultram can be effective toward alleviating pain, but if you are looking for a better solution to your neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures for treating spine conditions.