Pain Reliever a Controlled Drug

The classification of tramadol (Ultram) as a Schedule IV drug highlights the potential for addiction and abuse.

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Tramadol (Ultram), the alternative, synthetic opioid pain reliever, has seen increasing use since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1994. However, a decision by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to list tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance (Aug. 2014) may mean changes for how the drug is prescribed.
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