The pain-killing drug called Tramadol works in the brain to relieve discomfort. Tramadol is usually taken for long term pain because it is a non-narcotic pain reliever and doesn’t cause addiction. In addition, Tramadol is marketed as Ultram. Ultram ER’s extended release formulation is comparable to the Tramadol HCL formula.
1. Tramadol hcl 50mg is made with ingredients identical to Tramadol, but the way it works is unique. Tramadol is available on the market in 50 or 100 mg size. The daily dosage maximum is 400 mg, with tablets administered at 4-6 hour intervals. The extended release formula called Tramadol HCL is administered one time per day. It is available in dosages ranging from 100 to 400 mgs. A single tablet will take effect all through a 24 hour period.
2. Tramadol and Tramadol HCL both are prescribed to treat pain. Tramadol HCL is used for ongoing pain relief and taken at the same time daily. Tramadol is used to treat acute pain. When over the counter pain relievers won’t do the trick, Tramadol and Tramadol HCL are commonly prescribed.
3. Tramadol is the generic version of Ultram and it is very affordable in its regular and time release medicine. Tramadol HCL, which is the pricier of the two versions, can be bought for $20.00 per 30 pills. Remember that each Tramadol HCL pill lasts for one day but a Tramadol pill is only effective for four to six hours.
4. Tramadol HCL would be a better option for enduring pain with conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic back pain and osteoarthritis. The effect is long lasting, so it is not necessary to take a lot of pills or wait until a pill begins to take effect. If pain only last a short while or originates from surgery or being injured, Tramadol is a better option since the dose can be changed every four to six hours.
5. There are some risks involved with Tramadol as well as Tramadol HCL. Caution should be used when taken with muscle relaxers, as well as specific nausea and antidepressant medicines. This applies as well to supplement products such as St. John’s Wort that may have an antidepressant effect. Since Tramadol raises the incidence of seizures, patients prone to seizure should not take it. Tramadol is habit forming (though not addicting). Therefore, it should only be used by prescription and under supervision.