COMMON & BRAND NAMES
Ultram; Tramal; Ultracet (w/ Acetaminophen/paracetamol)
Synthetic Analgesic (weak opioid) and SNRI (norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor)
Tramadol is a quasi-narcotic analgesic used in the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is a synthetic analog of codeine, but has a low binding affinity to the mu-opioid receptors. It has been prescribed off-label for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and restless leg syndrome. It is one of the few opioids shown to be a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).