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Is Ultram a Controlled Substance?

The painkiller Ultram® (tramadol hydrochloride) is an opioid medication, but is it a controlled substance? Technically, it is classified as neither a narcotic nor a controlled substance. However, this could change in the future.
Ultram was originally marketed as a product with little potential for abuse or addiction, but has since been reported to cause many cases of dependence and abuse. In fact, the state of Kentucky has already classified tramadol (the active ingredient in Ultram) as a controlled substance, and it is possible that other states will follow suit.
(Click Is Tramadol a Controlled Substance? for more details. This article explains why the classification of this drug can be confusing and gives a basic overview of narcotics.)
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