What is the role of pain medications in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Tramadol is a narcoticlike pain reliever that, on May 26, 2010, received an FDA addition of a suicide risk warning (tramadol hydrochloride [Ultram] and tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen [Ultracet]). [7] The FDA noted linkage between tramadol prescriptions and patients with emotional instability and suicidal ideation and increased self-destructive behavior. [7]


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