Ultram generic name tramadol is given to a family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers and is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended release type is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain when treatment is needed on a 24 hour basis.
It is suggested, no alcohol not even moderate drinking as the effectiveness of the drug could be comprised and the side effects of the drug may be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, if using alcohol or street drugs, narcotic pain medicine, sedatives, tranquilizers, drugs for depression or anxiety, bipolar or schizophrenia, history of drug or alcohol addiction, history of epilepsy or seizure disorder, head injury, if taking an antidepressant, muscle relaxer, narcotic, antipsychotic or medication for nausea and vomiting, have kidney disease, cirrhosis, other liver disease, stomach disorder or a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts.
Less serious side effects are dizzy, spinning sensation, constipation, upset stomach, headache, drowsy, nervous or anxious. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, faint, seizures, red blistering, peeling skin rash, shallow breathing or weak pulse.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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