Ultracet Side Effects May Lead To Seizure Lawsuits
Ultracet | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Seizures, Head Trauma, Metabolic Disorders
Ultracet (Generic Name: Tramadol/Acetominophen) is a pain medication that combines tramadol, a leading prescription pain reliever, and acetaminophen, the most commonly recommended over-the-counter analgesic in the U.S.(Tylenol). Doctors recently warned that one of the nation's most commonly prescribed painkillers, Ultracet (tramadol//acetominophen), has been linked to a growing number of seizures among patients.
The drug has regularly appeared in adverse drug-reaction bulletins in Australia, US medical studies have previously declared the painkiller to carry only a low risk of causing seizures.
Melbourne seizure specialist Samuel Berkovic said yesterday medical specialists had noticed an increasing number of fits in patients who had taken Ultracet(tramadol/acetominophen). Previously, medical experts had raised concerns over patients with pre-existing epilepsy conditions and the taking of Ultracet (tramadol/acetominophen) in combination with anti-depressants.
We cannot calculate the exposure risk in our population, but the frequency of tramadol-related seizures suggests that they may be under-reported," Dr Berkovic wrote in a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia published yesterday. Of 97 patients with confirmed seizures (observed in 2003-04), 8 were associated with tramadol.
Two patients who had received high doses of tramadol had developed seizures within 24 to 48 hours. "No patient had a prior history of seizures and none had a recurrence after they had ceased taking tramadol for a median of nine months follow-up.
Seizures have been reported in patients receiving tramadol. The risk of seizures is increased with doses of tramadol above the recommended range. Tramadol increases the seizure risk in patients taking certain medications (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, opioids) and may enhance the seizure risk in patients taking MAO inhibitors, neuroleptics, or other drugs that reduce the seizure threshold or in patients with epilepsy, those with a history of seizures, or in patients with a recognized risk for seizure (such as head trauma, metabolic disorders, alcohol and drug withdrawal, and CNS infections).
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