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Ultracet Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- How should I take acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ultracet)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ultracet)?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to it, if you are intoxicated (drunk), or if you have recently used any of the following drugs:
- tramadol (Ultram) or narcotic pain medicine;
- sedatives or tranquilizers (such as Valium);
- medicine for depression or anxiety;
- medicine for mental illness (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia); or
- street drugs.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take medicine that contains acetaminophen.
Seizures have occurred in some people taking acetaminophen and tramadol. Your risk of a seizure may be higher if you have any of these conditions:
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction;
- a history of epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- a history of head injury;
- a metabolic disorder;
- an infection of your brain or spinal cord, such as meningitis or encephalitis;
- if you are also taking an antidepressant, mood stabilizer, or another narcotic pain medicine; or
- if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), linezolid (Zyvox), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days.
Talk with your doctor about your individual risk of having a seizure.
To make sure you can safely take acetaminophen and tramadol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- asthma or other breathing disorder;
- a stomach disorder; or
- a history of depression, mental illness, or suicide attempt.
Acetaminophen and tramadol may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share this medication with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether the combination of acetaminophen and tramadol is harmful to an unborn baby. Tramadol alone may have caused serious or fatal side effects in newborns of mothers who used the medication during pregnancy or labor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with acetaminophen and tramadol.
Acetaminophen and tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take acetaminophen and tramadol (Ultracet)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen and tramadol can damage your liver or cause death. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
The maximum amount of acetaminophen and tramadol is 2 tablets per dose, or 8 tablets per day. Acetaminophen and tramadol should not be used for longer than 5 days in a row.
Acetaminophen and tramadol can be taken with or without food, but take it the same way each time.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using acetaminophen and tramadol.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Acetaminophen and tramadol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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