Tramadol (Ultram) 50mg tablet
Tramadol is an opiot pain killer and is classified as a schedule IV controlled substance and used off label for dogs suffering from moderate to higher pain. This drug should not be used for long duration. The lowest effective dose for analgesia should generally be selected.. Tramadol may also be used for other purposes not listed here. It is sold per pill. Tramadol works in blocking opiod receptors to the brain eliviating the pain sensation. It is sometimes used to for arthitis relief or post surgery.
Seizures have occurred in humans taking tramadol. You should not give your pet tramadol if the pet has a history of seizures. Do not stop giving tramadol suddenly. Symptoms of sudden withdrawal may include anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, chills, and breathing problems. Talk to your veterinarian about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping this medication.
Tramadol has various side affects all patient medication should be discussed with your veternarian before using tramadol. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to any medications, or if your pet has kidney disease, liver disease, or a stomach disorder. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
Give tramadol exactly as it was prescribed for your pet. For pain relief, the usual dose in dogs is 0.45-1.8 mg/lb of pet's weight given by mouth every 12 hours. For treating chronic cancer pain in dogs, the usual dose is 0.45-1.8 mg/lb of pet's weight given by mouth every 6 hours.
Your pet may be more likely to have a seizure if you give tramadol while giving certain other medications. Tell your veterinarian if you are also giving your pet or using any of the following medications: an MAO inhibitor such as selegiline (Anipryl), Mitaban, or a Preventic Collar; an antidepressant such as amitriptyline, clomipramine (Clomicalm), fluoxetine (Prozac, Reconcile), or acepromazine. Also tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given warfarin (Coumadin); digoxin (Lanoxin); ketoconazole (Nizoral); or drugs that can cause drowsiness such as other pain medications, muscle relaxants, and herbal products. This list is not complete and there may be other medications that can interact with tramadol. Tell your veterinarian about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you give your pet. This includes vitamins, minerals and herbal products. Consult your veterinarian and discuss thoroughly the patient before subjecting to Tramadol.