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November 2003

Q. Can you tell me if Ultram will show up in a drug screen (one that tests for methadone as well as other more typically tested drugs)?

A. Ultram, chemical name tramadol, is an analgesic (pain reliever) used to treat moderate to severe pain. A common dose is 50 milligrams that can be taken as 1 or 2 pills every 4-6 hours. It interacts with many other drugs, so check with your doctor if you are taking any other medications.

Tramadol is not classified as a narcotic, but it can become habit-forming. Drug screen testing is quite technical and there are many possibilities for substances to cross-react and give false readings. You would need to inquire about the specific test system in use and their experience with tramadol in this particular test.



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