What is Tramadol Hcl Used For?
Medication and Drugs, Stomach and Abdominal Pain.
Tramadol (Ultram, Ultram ER, Ultracet, Tramal, Zydol, Contramal) is a synthetic analog of codeine and
commonly referred to as a pseudo-opioid.
Tramadol has mild agonist actions at the -opioid (mu-opioid) receptor; the primary receptor morphine and other
opioids bind with. Tramadol also has antidepressant actions buy reducing reuptake of norepinephrine and
serotonin much like SNRI class antidepressants such as Cymbalta and Effexor.
Antidepressants are occasionally used in pain control because they can modulate pain, presumably like
Tramadol does. It also is a mild norepinephrine agonist and it has unique anti-inflammatory actions.
It is FDA approved to treat moderate-moderately severe pain, both acute and chronic.
Tramadol has been shown to be particularly effective in treating people with neuropathic
(nerve pain) pain, which tends not to respond to most "classic" opioids like morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone.
Tramadol is approximately as effective a codeine in treating pain.
However individual results greatly vary, some find it to be highly effective and others find it to provide no noticeable
analgesia. Many doctors believe that the analgesia Tramadol produces is a result of synergism of the mu agonist action,
the inhibition of norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake, and the anti-inflammatory action.
Tramadol is not a controlled substance like codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, methadone, Demerol, or oxycodone is.
However in a few US states Tramadol in a schedule IV drug under state law. Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and
Massachusetts have placed restrictions on Tramadol.
It is sometimes used off label for restless leg syndrome and it is used in a wide variety of neuropathic problems
like diabetic neuropathy.
There are have been cases were Tramadol has been given to people with refractory depression who do not respond to
Tramadol can also be an effective antihypertensive (it lowers blood pressure) if other measures fail to succeed.
Often people taking Tramadol have much lower blood pressure.
See Also Articles About Tramadol
Articles About Tramadol
Tramadol Side Effects