Tramadol 50 mg
Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
The extended-release form of tramadol is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. This form of tramadol is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
Tramadol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take tramadol if you have used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or narcotic medications within the past few hours.
Tramadol can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never take tramadol in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release pill. Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.
ULTRAM® (tramadol hydrochloride) tablets is a centrally acting analgesic. The chemical name for tramadol hydrochloride is (±)cis-2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-1-(3methoxyphenyl) cyclohexanol hydrochloride. Its structural formula is:
ULTRAM® (tramadol hydrochloride) Structural Formula Illustration
The molecular weight of tramadol hydrochloride is 299.8. Tramadol hydrochloride is a white, bitter, crystalline and odorless powder. It is readily soluble in water and ethanol and has a pKa of 9.41. The n-octanol/water log partition coefficient (logP) is 1.35 at pH 7. ULTRAM® tablets contain 50 mg of tramadol hydrochloride and are white in color. Inactive ingredients in the tablet are pregelatinized corn starch, modified starch (corn), hypromellose, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium starch glycolate, titanium dioxide and carnauba wax.
Tramadol may not seem to relieve pain as well or fast as Vicodin or Percocet, Loratab, etc. However since I have been taking it 2/50mg 4x a day and found that I was having withdrawals without it and I have done some research! I continued telling my doctor that I was addicted and that I wanted more and more it is never enough, I get a speed rush and they are like tic tacs! It isn't the same as any of the other opiates so it seemed like it was no big deal to take them. I explained to my doctor that it just made me feel so much better mentally and physically, I wasn't or haven't used it for pain in a long time anyhow but that is why I was prescribed it to begin with.
The doctors and nurses all told me it was impossible to get addicted to it and there was no way I was having withdrawals from it! So I started looking into it because I know if something is making me feel good and if I am addicted & abusing it! Well Tramadol was not a narcotic until about 4 months ago! The FDA just classified it as a narcotic and you will now find that it is addictive and you will experience withdrawals in any article you read. However, it is less addictive in my opinion than most of the other pain medications. It is synthetic morphiene and was once upon a time non narcotic, now its a pain in the a$$ to fill the scripts early because it is so well monitored! Anyhow to answer the question yes it will relieve pain to an extent, it depends on the level of your pain but I would highly recommend this over the others only because it is less addictive! Opiate based pain killers are extremely addictive, trust me they are good and fun but they only mask the pain for a period of time and they actually cause your body to have more pain as you become addicted and you will need more, you will take more, you will abuse them and in most cases it will become a battle that you can't win... Also what you will find with tramadol is that it is made by 2 manufacturers that I know of, one of which is completely different than the other! If you see one that is round and bigger with DAN on it be ready to become psychotic, irritated, irrational, angry, and a danger to society! The other 50mg are small they have an M on them and are sooooo much better! Walmart carries the better kind, and Target carries the horrible kind at least in (Florida) ! Unfortunately I had to find all of this out the hard way and I am not the only person who has had them same effects with the different manufacturers! Its weird I would never have thought it would make such a difference but I was literally a walking time bomb on the bad kind! And just in case anyone out there has OCD aka "obsessive compulsive disorder" it now being treated with Tramadol in clinical studies! I swore to my doctor over and over that I loved it so much because it was making everything so much better, I feel that little high, energy, happiness, etc. and yes I am OCD so clearly that was the reason I was feeling so much better! The FDA is in the process of approving Tramadol for the treatment of OCD and not just for pain because it has a quick relief 30 minutes and can be taken more than once a day unlike other medications that are for OCD! It has very little side effects compared to the other pain medications, or OCD medications that have not only side effects but also alter your mind to a point where the drugs think for you and it controls other behaviors that may or may not be necessary. I personally have been the lab rat and have tried all of the anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, etc for many years and I honestly can't stand the feeling of any of it. I don't find it to be the best idea for anyone to take these "crazy meds" that will alter your mind in more ways than you even know. At least with pain medications, stimulants, or sedatives you pretty much know what to expect and it is usually taken as needed and not something you take every single day that is everlasting in your system. Opioids, such as hydrocodone and tramadol, may rapidly ameliorate OCD symptoms.Tramadol is an atypical opioid that appears to provide the anti-OCD effects of an opiate and inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin (in addition to norepinephrine)!
It all depends on what you are looking for, and how severe your pain is! Just keep in mind that Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin, etc. are all going to most likely cause you more problems in the future! Don't get me wrong if you need them you need them I just know from my own personal experience with all of these drugs I have developed major problems from what was supposed to be pain relieving for a short period of time became a lifetime of addiction. And for anyone out there taking any of these I am pretty sure you can agree. Also if you are taking any of these opiates and are experiencing skin problems, like adult acne, or "back acne" it is very common from the use of any opiate! As disgusting as this is going to sound it is the truth! Anyone using opiates I am sure already knows that they constipate you and sometimes (depending on how much you are taking) it is for a very lengthy period of time even when you use laxatives they won't work. So basically what happens is your body is full of toxic waste like a "septic tank" and it will start coming out through your skin. And as a result you can count on getting acne and these medications are the cause of it, even better they make you start picking at it so much that it worsens and you will have scars.
I would highly recommend to anyone that you only use any of these medications for a short period of time and on an as needed basis. Tramadol doesn't cause all of those issues so it is the better solution in my opinion. But hey to each their own, we all have our "crutches", "preferences", or ways of dealing with issues! I just prefer to not have that "pill sick" feeling if I run out and I would rather avoid the disgusting acne! Hope all of that information helps ya!