Tramadol Controlled Substance? (Thread 158969)

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jr Says:

Does anyone know if this medication (Tramadol/Ultram) a controlled substance?

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cath Says:

i live in the uk and have been on tramadol for about 6-7 years now and it is over here

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beaverhunt Says:

no, it is not a controled sub. it is non narcotic, genric for ultram.
it intercepts neurotransmitter in your brain (serotonin) to control pain

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dia Says:

if tramadol is not a controlled substance why do they ask for ID at the pharmacy?

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Andy Says:

I dont care what they say. Tramadol is an addictive narcotic. It's not as hard to kick as the others but a narcotic just the same.

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Andy Says:

Iv been told Tramadol is a watered down version of stronger narcotics.
In fact I feel like Iv been lied to. Im a recovering drug addict. I learned I had liver cancer in the ER. They gave me this and said it wont triger a relaps. Like hell it wont. Im every bit as loaded off this as any other narcotic.

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Beth Says:

No! it is not a narcotic! It is generic for Ultram. I was on narcotics for 3 years. I was a zombie! I was switched to tramadol by a free clinic for unisured workers and they were not allowed to prescribe narcotics. You can become addicted to any pain meds narcotic or not.

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Verwon Says:

This is a non-narcotic, but would still be considered a controlled substance in the US, since you have to have a prescription for it.

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jesse Says:

No my mother is allergic to Opiates and this is what she gets. So I know for a fact Tramadol is not a controlled substance but it is a pharmaceutical drug, and all pharmaceuticals are dangerous in some way.

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Verwon Says:

It is definitely not a narcotic, if you get it from your pharmacy or read the online monographs, it even says it is a non-narcotic.

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Oscar Da Stinkbomber Says:

Non Narcotic. Didn't help our back pain much. If you are in severe pain and you get this, you better get another doctor. YOU WILL STILL HURT!!

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Jenni Says:

Tramadol is in the process of being classified as a schedule 4 narcotic. i only know this because i am a nurse and we have processes that we have to change out our facility because of this. Hope this helps.

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Nobody_Special Says:

Hello, I will apologize to all in advance as this is going to seem like I am long-winded, however I feel it is information that people need to know.

Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever.

Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Tramadol extended-release is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when treatment is needed around the clock.

You should not take tramadol if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Take tramadol exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Do not take more than 300 milligrams of tramadol in one day.

Do not stop using this medication suddenly without talking to your doctor. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Withdrawal symptoms may occur when you stop using tramadol. Withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, chills, hallucinations, trouble sleeping, or breathing problems. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these withdrawal symptoms after you stop using tramadol.

Do not crush the tramadol tablet. This medicine is for oral (by mouth) use only. Powder from a crushed tablet should not be inhaled or diluted with liquid and injected into the body. Using this medicine by inhlation or injection can cause life-threatening side effects, overdose, or death.
Seizures (convulsions) have occurred in some people taking tramadol. You may be more likely to have a seizure while taking tramadol if you have a history of seizures or head injury, a metabolic disorder, or if you are taking certain medicines such as antidepressants, muscle relaxers, or medicine for nausea and vomiting.

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. A tramadol overdose can be fatal. Symptoms of a tramadol overdose may include drowsiness, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, extreme weakness, cold or clammy skin, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma. While you are taking tramadol, do not drink alcohol or use drugs that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, other pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). These drugs may slow your breathing or increase drowsiness when used together with tramadol. Tramadol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

You should not take tramadol if you have ever been addicted to drugs or alcohol. Do not take tramadol if you are intoxicated (drunk), or if you have recently used any of the following drugs:

narcotic pain medicine;

sedatives or tranquilizers (such as Valium);

medicine for depression or anxiety;

medicine for mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia); or

street drugs.

Seizures have occurred in some people taking tramadol. Your risk of a seizure may be higher if you have any of these conditions:

a history of drug or alcohol addiction;

a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder;

a history of head injury; or

a metabolic disorder.

Talk with your doctor about your individual risk of having a seizure from this medicine.

Before taking tramadol, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

kidney disease;

liver disease;

a stomach disorder; or

a history of depression, mental illness, or suicide attempt.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use tramadol, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tramadol may also cause serious or fatal side effects in a newborn if the mother uses the medication during pregnancy or labor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of tramadol. If you are over 65, your doctor may recommend a lower dose. Tramadol should not be given to a child younger than 16 years of age.

Andy I am very sorry for what happened to you!!! I wish you the best of luck in your recovery of drug addiction.

Jenni, I thank you in advance for your very helpful information that it is going to a schedule 4 narcotic as I know some people's lives that personally this will impact business wise.

Have a nice day all.

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Angi Says:

Controlled substance does not mean that it requires a prescription. there is a list of controlled substances scheduled 1-5 and tramadol is not a controlled substance

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Janet Says:

So can I buy tramadol from My local chemist or boots

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control Says:

There are medications that are Controlled Substances available by prescription only and there are other medications that are NOT controlled substances but are available only by a prescription. A good example of a prescription med that is NOT controlled by you can only get through prescription is penicillin.

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Helen Says:

Well, I live in CT and my 'script for Tramadol must be written monthly because it is now classified as a CS. Even though it is a non-opiate pain reliever...

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