Ultracet is a medication prescribed to patients experiencing moderate to moderately severe pain. It is classified as a combination medication because it contains both tramadol and acetaminophen, which work together to reduce pain. Tramadol is similar to opioid analgesics and changes the way the brain interprets pain in order to reduce it. Acetaminophen is taken to relieve pain and can also reduce fever.
Just like any new medication, starting treatment with Ultracet may produce side effects for some patients. The most common side effects of Ultracet include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, and sweating. Most of these side effects should dissipate with time. If they do not go away or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist.
Other more serious side effects, which should be immediately reported to your doctor, include mood changes, agitation, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, and signs of your adrenal glands not working well such as loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss.
Be sure to seek medical attention right away if you experience the following severe Ultracet side effects: fast or irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, seizures, and signs of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itching or swelling, and trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of the possible side effects of Ultracet. If you believe you are experiencing a side effect not mentioned above, contact your doctor for more information.
If you no longer want to take Ultracet to treat your pain, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss tapering off the medication. Gradually lowering your Ultracet dose over time will give your body time to adjust to less of the medication and avoid severe withdrawal. Do not abruptly stop taking Ultracet, as this will greatly enhance your risk for withdrawal symptoms.
Possible Ultracet withdrawal symptoms include a runny nose, sweating, tearing up, yawning, muscle and body aches, trouble sleeping, anxiety, restlessness, agitation, racing heart rate, hypertension, fast breathing, chills and goosebumps, stomach pain and cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pupil dilation, difficulties concentrating or thinking clearly, irritability, drug cravings, depression, and depersonalization.
On average, patients experiencing Ultracet withdrawal will notice withdrawal symptoms within 12 hours of their last dose. These withdrawal symptoms usually subside after a few days, although everyone experiences withdrawal differently. This timeline may be shortened or lengthened based on factors unique to the individual, such as age, genetics, level of Ultracet dependence, and more.
If you are having trouble managing Ultracet withdrawal symptoms, you may want to seek a medically assisted detoxification program. This type of program will help you safely remove the medication from your body while providing opportunities to ask medically-trained staff questions about your unique withdrawal process.
It is very important that patients keep an updated list of current medications, herbal products, and over the counter drugs they may be taking, and to share this list with their doctor. Many substances can cause an interaction with Ultracet, which is why it is important to keep your doctor informed about your medications.
Substances which may interact with Ultracet include pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and naltrexone.
Using MAO inhibitors with Ultracet can cause a serious and possibly fatal drug interaction. Specifically, avoid these MAO inhibitors while taking Ultracet: isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, and tranylcypromine. In addition, most MAO inhibitors should not be taken for two weeks before beginning treatment with Ultracet.
Other medications may change the effectiveness of Ultracet. These include quinidine, azole antifungals, HIV medications, macrolide antibiotics, rifamycins, and seizure medications, among others.
Your risk of experiencing serious Ultracet side effects will increase if you take other medications that cause drowsiness or breathing problems. Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are consuming any of the following substances: codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis, sleeping pills, alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine.
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