Tramadol: Uses, Side Effects, Dosage, and Warnings

This is an oral tablet which can be used as a generic drug and can also be found under the brand name called Ultram [1] comes as an immediate-release drug which is released into the body right away and is also available in extended-release drugs which can be released slowly in the body. Tramadol is similar to an opioid and it is classified as a synthetic opioid.  Tramadol is used as a treatment for severe pain in adults. It acts in the central nervous system to change how the body feels and also to relieve pain. The drug can be used as a part of combination therapy.


This tablet should be taken according to the prescription given by the doctor because it is a controlled substance. The amount of drug to be used, the time interval within the usage of the drug, and the form and brand of drug to use depends on different factors such as:

  • The prior medical condition of the patient
  • The age
  • How serious the condition
  • Reaction to the first dose

For the proper usage of tramadol, some important points should be taken note of

  • Strictly follow the doctor’s prescription
  • The medication should be taken orally (by mouth)
  • Make use of a measuring spoon if the liquid form of tramadol is being used.
  • Swallow the drug as a whole
  • Do not stop your drug abruptly