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Ultram is a hydrochloride salt. Known to chemists as (±)cis-2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-11(3methoxyphenyl) cyclohexanol hydrochloride, the powder version of Ultram is a white odorless crystalline substance with a bitter taste.It is commonly known as Tramadol.The usual Ultram tablet has 50 milligrams of the hydrochloride chemical, along with other ingredients, such as carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, corn starch, sodium starch glycolate, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol and polysorbate 80.

Ultram is used to treat pain ranging from moderate to fairly severe. This drug is often prescribed by a doctor for treatment of fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, motor neurone disease and restless leg syndrome. Ultram is best kept in a container with a tight-fitting lid and at around 77°F (25° C), although the range of temperatures for this drug is 59°F (15°C) to 86°F (30° C).

How Should Ultram Be Taken?

The most common way to take Ultram is by mouth in tablet or capsule form with a glass of water. The usual time sequence for taking Ultram is every four to six hours, but information concerning how often to take this drug is usually available in print on the medication packaging.

Follow the doctor's recommendation for best results concerning how often to take Ultram.Because of the possibility of side effects, a medical professional will probably start a patient out on a small dose of Ultram and increase the dosage over a number of days until optimum dosage is reached. Do not take Ultram more frequently than recommended by a physician, or in a larger dosage than prescribed. Also, do not use Ultram longer than necessary, as determined by a doctor.

A patient can obtain Ultram in either a capsule or a tablet form, in an extended release form or as a standard tablet. This drug is also available as a suppository. When combined with water, Ultram tablets and powders become a fizzing mixture that is poured into small bottles and injected. Occasionally, Ultram is included with aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) in a tablet. Sometimes Ultram is found in enema solutions or rectal foam, or may be one of the ingredients in medication applied to the exterior of the body, such as skin plasters, multi-agent solutions, creams or gels.

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Medical professionals may also prescribe Ultram tablets that dissolve in the mouth. These tablets are not meant to be swallowed by the patient, but rather should be allowed to melt in the mouth without chewing them. With these Ultram tablets, drinking a liquid can help them dissolve. Because Ultram has a somewhat bitter, disagreeable taste, flavoring is added to liquid types ofthis drug to make it easier for patients to swallow. Patients over age 75 or who suffer from liver or kidney issues require monitoring by a physician, since this drug can have a negative effect on kidney and liver function.

Whether a patient receives the capsule or tablet form of Ultram depends on circumstance. Active ingredients are the same regardless of whether you take a capsule or a tablet. People who find swallowing tablets difficult may find it easier to take a capsule. Even with an equal dosage amount, patients who try the tablet and the capsule form discover that response time of the drug can vary because of absorption speed.

If a physician prescribes sustained release Ultram, there may be no choice in tablet over capsule, because this form of the drug is created to release slowly over a longer period of time in order to give the patient several hours of pain-free living. Sustained-release Ultram capsules have the added benefit of a more steady release of the drug into the system. This means fewer Ultram peaks and less of a chance of side effects.

Ultram is available in either capsule or tablet form when immediate release or timed release variations of the drug are required. Patients who take extended release Ultram may see the shell from the tablet in their stool, but that does not indicate that the patient's body failed to get the required medication dosage.

For patients who suffer from nausea when taking Ultram, a dosage of two 100-milligram sustained-release capsules may be more effective than four immediate-release 50-milligram tablets. Side effects may also be reduced by starting patients on 50-milligram sustained release Ultram capsules taken two times per day.

Always take Ultram whole, without chewing the medication or breaking it into smaller portions, whether prescribed as a capsule or a tablet. The active ingredient in Ultram, tramadol hydrochloride, is very bitter, which makes it extremely difficult to swallow once the medication's coating is broken. Never inhale or mix the powder created from crushing an Ultram tablet to inject into the body. The result of injection or inhalation can be a life-threatening overdose or death.

Ultram may be taken with food or without it.