Ultracet – FAQ

Ultracet (tramadol hydrochloride with acetaminophen in generic form) is an opioid analgesic drug developed for use by individuals who suffer from acute pain not expected to last more than five days. The combination of tramadol and acetaminophen (a non-prescription pain reliever) has been shown to be safe and effective for pain relief, plus this combination controls pain by a different mechanism of action than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), making it better tolerated by some individuals.

However, Ultracet is a narcotic and comes with the warning that there is a higher risk associated with the drug’s use for abuse and addiction. Since Ultracet is not intended for use beyond five days, people who still feel pain symptoms may use the drug for longer durations. This can be problematic as, over time, their body will build up a tolerance to the drug – causing it to need more to feel the same effect. This can lead the person to taking it more often or taking more in one dose of the drug than was prescribed, further building the tolerance. As their tolerance increases, the person’s body becomes dependent and functioning without use becomes harder and harder. At this point, a narcotic addiction is in place and the user will need help breaking the addiction cycle.

As a commonly prescribed pain reliever, Ultracet can become addictive if not used as recommended. Whether you just want to learn more or suspect someone you know may be dependent on it, The Recovery Village has answers. Call us to speak with a specialist or check out our set of frequently asked questions and treatment options.