Is tramadol a narcotic? What is its chemical makeup?
Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic (pain reliever). Although its mode of action is not completely understood, there appears to be two mechanisms at work:
• It binds to the body's µ-opioid receptors; and
• It is a weak serotonin and norepinephrine inhibitor.
For a description of the chemical compounds and formula structure of tramadol, you can download this copy of the Ultram (tramadol) label information approved by the FDA: Ultram (tramadol)
Although tramadol is described as a synthetic opioid, the FDA does not classify it as a controlled substance as it does other opioids. Some states, however, do consider tramadol to be a controlled substance and they monitor and regulate its use just as they do for oxycodone, morphine and other opioids.
Here is some other information on pain medications you might find useful:
Let’s Talk Pain Meds
What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds