For some reason, Tramadol is an overlooked, misunderstood drug. Even some doctors are confused about some facts that seem to be little known. Most know that tramadol is used to treat pain and comes in both short acting and time released formulas. Various brand name drugs contain tramadol including: Ultracet, Ultram, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, and Rybix. Because these all contain tramadol, they are all worth considering even for the toughest to treat pain. But first, let's clear up some confusion about tramadol.
Is tramadol an opioid? So many people have been lead to believe that tramadol is not an opioid medication. In fact, tramadol is considered an opioid medication because it like morphine and hydrocodone bind to and activate the mu opioid receptor . This mechanism provides the pain relieving, the analgesic effect. And like all the other opioids, the regular use of tramadol can lead to physical dependency . Thus, when this exogenous source of opioids is withdrawn suddenly, a per...
The all-out effort to make all opioid pain-relieving medications more difficult to get continues. Last week an FDA panel voted 19 to 10 to reclassify medications that contain hydrocodone – like Vicodin and Lortab – from Schedule III drugs to Schedule II drugs.
Currently, under the federal Controlled Substances Act, medications containing hydrocodone are classified as Schedule III drugs. This means doctors can call in or fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and can allow up to five refills in a six-month period.
If hydrocodone-containing products are reclassified to Schedule II, only written prescriptions with an original signature by the physician are acceptable and no refills are allowed. If you take a hydrocodone medication on a regular basis, that means in most cases you'll have to go to your doctor's office every month to get a new prescription.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) does allow, but does not encourage, doctors to issue multiple pre...
Voluntary recalls were issued for specific lots of two opioid pain relievers and one medication for tension headaches. The affected drugs include:
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), 10/325 mg
Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 7.5/500 mg
Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine, 50/325/40 mg
Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) Endo Pharmaceuticals issued the nationwide Endocet recall because a bottle from each of two lots was found to contain some 10/650 mg tablets, which is twice the dosage of acetaminophen on the label. Because of this, consumers may take more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Possible Dangers: Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content may result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. Lots: The two lots affected are Lot # 402415NV and Lot # 402426NV. They were distri...
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