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How can I minimize the side effects of Ultracet?

The best way to minimize the side effects of the prescription pain medication Ultracet (tramadol and acetaminophen) is to take it exactly as your doctor prescribes -- do not take more of it, or take it more often, than directed. Ultracet is a prescription drug that contains a combination of an opioid drug (tramadol) and the common painkiller acetaminophen. Both these drugs are dangerous in excess. Because many over-the-counter medications contain acetaminophen, read labels carefully; you should not take Ultracet with other products that contain either tramadol or acetaminophen.

Ultracet can interact with a number of drugs, so before you start taking it, let your doctor know about all your other medications (prescription and over-the-counter) as well as any supplements you take. Give your doctor a complete medical history, too, because some medical conditions increase your risk of side effects from Ultracet.

Do not drink alcohol while you're taking Ultracet, because the combination can increase your risk of side effects.

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