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tramadol hydrochloride (ultram)

available over the counter: no

uses: moderate to somewhat severe pain

mechanism of action: although not a narcotic, works similar to narcotic analgesics, and blocks transmission of pain signals to central nervous system; may be habit forming, with physical and mental dependence

side effects

  • common: dizziness, vertigo, headache, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, constipation
  • less common: weakness, lack of energy, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, visual changes, dry mouth, diarrhea, abdominal pain, menopausal symptoms, sweating, muscle spasm, rash

concerns: notify doctor or dentist before surgery


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