Is Ultram a narcotic or a non-narcotic pain reliever? To answer this we need to know the difference between narcotic and non narcotic analgesics. Narcotic analgesics are derived from Opium. While Non narcotic analgesics from non-onopioid analgesics which are most commonly available under various brands on the medical shop.
Ultram is actually an opioid which is highly useful in treating moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. It belongs to the narcotic family classified by the United States food and Drug administration. Apart from relieving the patient from severe pain, Ultram also provide the feeling off well being and relaxed.
Non narcortic analgesics have primarily analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory actions such that they block the production of prostaglandins by inhibition of the enzyme cyclooxygenase at the site of injury, but since Ultram is a narcotic drug so it is a medication that works by numbing or deadening the feel of pain. Ultram actually works on the central nervous system and controls the pain signaling. Thus lead to dizziness and sleep also. Apart from sleep this analgesic, also has the probability of habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation. Due to this reason Ultram is prescribed under severe pain conditions only.
The usage of Ultram in tablet form should be followed as per the doctors advice. But in general it is taken every 4 to 6 hours depending on the severity of the pain. After taking this drug it is advised to take rest for 1-2 hours or else the patient may feel drowsiness and nausea. Along with this, an anti-constipating medicine is also prescribed to avoid dryness. Mostly the ultram is prescribed from lower dose to higher dose. The maximum dose of Ultram recommended is 400 mg per day. For old age people the maximum dose vary from 300 to 400 mg per day. Although the dosage is completely based of the medical condition and response to the treatment.
We know that when the pain is severe the patient has no choice and just need to be relieved from the pain anyhow. In such situation Ultram is the key drug.
Is Ultram a narcotic or non narcotic is not the question for a patient having ongoing pain due to arthritis. He just wants a relief from itching and untolerable pain. The doctor in such conditions recommends narcotic drugs such as Ultram along with non-narcotic pain relievers like acelofenac or paracetamol.
It has been seen in few patients that continuous use of Ultram leads to watery eyes, running nose, nausea or restlessness. This can be prevented by reducing the dose of the Ultram gradually.
Ultram oral has also been recommended for stiff, Tender and painful joints and Muscles or Neuropathic Pain.
Since we already mentioned that this narcotic drug causes constipation. Thus, along with this, some laxative is prescribed and the patient is asked to intake lot of water and adequate fiber diet. It is true that a doctor understands well the use of Ultram and also knows the side effects of it but understanding the need of the patient the doctor advises Ultram as the medicine under severe painful conditions.