Ultram ER

Ultram ER is used for moderate to moderately severe pain. It also has weak antidepressant effects. Ultram ER may not be suitable in people with a history of seizures.

Ultram ER Overview

Reviewed: December 11, 2014
Updated: 

Ultram ER is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults. Ultram ER belongs to a group of drugs called opioid analgesics, which work by blocking pain signals in the body.

Ultram ER comes in extended-release tablet and is taken once a day, with or without food. Do not chew, divide, or break Ultram ER tablets. Swallow the tablets whole.

Common side effects of Ultram ER include nausea, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue. Ultram ER can also cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Ultram ER affects you.

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Ultram ER Cautionary Labels

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Uses of Ultram ER

Ultram ER is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Ultram ER Drug Class

Ultram ER is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Ultram ER

Serious side effects have been reported with Ultram ER. See "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of Ultram ER include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • drowsiness
  • vomiting
  • itching skin
  • nervousness, agitation, or general change of mood
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • muscle tightness
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • dry mouth

This is not a complete list of Ultram ER side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Ultram ER Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
  • central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, tranquilizers, or sedative hypnotics
  • other opioid medications such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (Oxycontin)
  • medications that block the enzyme CYP3A4 such as some macrolide antibiotics (clarithromycin, telithromycin), some HIV protease inhibitors (indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir), some HCV protease inhibitors (boceprevir, telaprevir), some azole antifungals (ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole), conivaptan (Vaprisol), delavirdine (Rescriptor), and nefazodone (Serzone)
  • medications that increase the activity of the enzyme CYP3A4 such as carbamazepine (Tegretol, Equetro, Carbatrol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin), St John's wort, and nimodipine (Nimotop)
  • medications that block the enzyme CYP2D6 such as quinidine (Qualaquin), fluoxetine (Prozac,Sarafem), amitriptyline (Elavil, Amitril, Amitid), and paroxetine (Paxil)
  • triptans such as sumatriptan (Imitrex, Treximet), eletriptan (Relpax), almotriptan (Axert), frovatriptan (Frova), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), and zolmitriptan (Zomig)
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar), isocarboxazid (Marplan), and rasagiline (Azilect)
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as escitalopram (Lexapro), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), vilazodone (Viibryd), paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), and fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • tricyclic antidepressants such as trimipramine (Surmontil), amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl), protriptyline (Vivactil), and clomipramine (Anafranil)
  • other tricyclic compounds such as cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and promethazine (Phenergan)

This is not a complete list of Ultram ER drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Ultram ER Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Ultram ER including the following:

  • seizures. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms of seizures:
    • body convulsions (shaking and trembling)
    • temporary loss of consciousness
  • serotonin syndrome. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms of serotonin syndrome:
    • hallucinations
    • fast heart rate
    • overactive reflexes
    • high blood pressure
    • restlessness or agitation
    • nausea or vomiting
    • decline in muscle coordination
    • rise in body temperature
  • discontinuation symptoms. Do not stop Ultram ER without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Ultram ER suddenly may cause serious symptoms including the following:
    • anxiety
    • sweating
    • insomnia
    • shaking or shivering
    • pain
    • nausea
    • diarrhea
    • upper airway symptoms
    • goose bumps
    • rarely hallucinations

Ultram ER can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Ultram ER affects you.

Limit your intake of alcohol while you take this medication. 

Do not take Ultram ER if you:

  • are allergic to Ultram ER or any of its ingredients
  • have a history of respiratory depression in unmonitored settings or the absence of corrective measures
  • have a history of acute or chronic bronchial asthma or hypercapnia in unmonitored settings or the absence of corrective measures

Ultram ER Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Ultram ER, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Ultram ER.

Inform MD

Before taking Ultram ER, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Ultram ER or to any of its ingredients
  • have respiratory problems
  • have a history of seizures or are at risk of seizures
  • have medical problems with your digestive tract
  • have or have had depression
  • are suicidal or have suicidal thoughts
  • have a history of substance or alcohol abuse
  • are consuming large amounts of alcohol
  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Ultram ER and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Ultram ER falls into category C. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.

Ultram ER and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Ultram ER has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from Ultram ER, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.

Ultram ER Usage

Take Ultram ER exactly as prescribed.

Ultram ER also comes in extended-release tablet and are taken once a day, with or without food.

Do not chew, divide, or break Ultram ER tablets.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Ultram ER at the same time.

Ultram ER Dosage

Take Ultram ER exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Ultram ER dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:

  • the severity of your pain
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your age

The recommended dose range of Ultram ER is 100 to 300 mg once every day.

Ultram ER Overdose

If you take too much Ultram ER, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

If Ultram ER is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.

Other Requirements

  • Store Ultram ER between 59°F to 86°F.
  • Keep Ultram ER and all medicines out of the reach of children.