Tramadol (marketed in the US as Ulltram or Ultracet), is a snythetic opioid pain-killer used to relieve moderate to semi-severe pain. It is especially effective for back or other pain, and is primarily prescribed to those who do not not respond well to narcotics or at risk of addiction. Tramadol, however, can be abused, as it can mimic the effects of Hydrocodone at high doses (above the normal 50-150mg). Also, due to it's synthetic opioid properties, it may interefere with certain anti-depressants, rarely causing Seratonin Syndrome.
For a tramadol dependent, withdrawal usually sets in 18-22 hours after the last dose. Tramadol withdrawal symptoms include those of traditional opioids such as morphine, but also contain symptoms not seen with withdrawal from other opioids. Tramadol withdrawal varies in length. Withdrawal tends to last much longer than withdrawal from other opioids. Typically 2-4 days of acute withdrawal are seen with opioids. With tramadol, acute withdrawal can last 5-7 days.
George Foyet became addicted to this drug (among others) after his self-inflicted wounds. While searching an internet drug database with Kevin Lynch to help locate Foyet, Garcia incorrectly states that Tramadol has an OTC equivalent. Since it is technically an opiate, and therefore a controlled substance, it does not.
- ↑ When mixed with acetaminophen