Tramadol is a pain reliever that has been sold as a prescription drug in the United States since 1995. It has been sold under the Brand Names Ultram®, Ultram ER®, and Ryzolt™. The DEA has determined there is abuse potential with tramadol and made it a controlled substance as of August 18, 2014, read about it on their website here.
Why can’t I fill my Tramadol prescription?
Mostly like a prescription written before August 18, 2014 will be voided. It may be eligible for filling if it meets certain requirements for controlled substances. Those requirements can vary by state, check with your pharmacist to determine if your refills are valid. If the prescription is not valid, they may be able to contact your prescriber for a new one.
Why should tramadol be a controlled substance?
Simply because it has potential to be abused. It interacts with the mu-opioid receptors in the body. Medications that stimulate opioid receptors have abuse potential because they can cause dependence, especially if used recreationally. Some estimate over 3 million people have used tramadol for nonmedical reasons. For theses reasons the DEA has determined tramadol is a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Will I be able to have refills on my prescription?
Mostly likely. If your prescriber determines refills are necessary, law allows up to five refills. State laws may vary – be certain to check with your pharmacist if it differs in your area. As with other controlled substances, the prescription will expire 6 months after the date written.
Your pharmacist is your medication expert. Additionally, they are well versed in the laws that regulate medications. I encourage your to talk to them with any medication or regulation questions. Or, ask me a medication related question.