What is Ultram used for?

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 painkiller that works immediately. Ultram works by changing the way that the body perceives pain, by releasing serotonin and epinephrine, which provides those suffering from chronic conditions with a sense of pleasure and relief. Like all narcotics, Ultram must be taken carefully as to avoid addiction. If you are planning to take Ultram to relieve the symptoms associated with your neck or back condition, is important to talk to your doctor about the right dosage for you. Learn more about the usage and risks associated with Ultram in the following article.

Ultram usage and risks

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

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

Ultram works as an opioid receptor antagonist that blocks or diminishes the response to pain. It is important to remember that while Ultram may provide pain relief, it merely masks the symptoms rather than addressing the source of pain. Please keep in mind that Ultram should never be taken by patients who are also taking antidepressants or who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Finding lasting relief with Ultram

When used properly, Ultram can be effective in 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 procedures for treating spine conditions. At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to help the patient find lasting relief and get back to the activities they love.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to us today and ask for your no-cost MRI review.*