ConZip: A Pain Medicine Similar to Opioids
What is ConZip?
ConZip is a pain medicine similar to opioids that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of tramadol is for around-the-clock treatment of pain. However, it should not be used on an as-needed basis for pain. ConZip may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Misuse of ConZip can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep this medicine where others cannot get to it. ConZip should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old or anyone younger than 18 years old who recently had surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids. Ultram ER should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years old. Taking ConZip during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Fatal side effects may occur if you use alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take ConZip if you are allergic to it or if you have certain medical conditions. Seizures have occurred in some people taking ConZip, and your seizure risk may be higher if you have ever had a head injury, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, drug or alcohol addiction, or a metabolic disorder. Tell your doctor if you have ever had breathing problems, sleep apnea, liver or kidney disease, urination problems, problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid, a stomach disorder, or mental illness or suicide attempt.
How should I take ConZip?
Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Never use ConZip in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. Never share ConZip with another person, especially someone with a history of drug addiction. Stop taking all other opioid medications when you start taking ConZip. ConZip can be taken with or without food, but take it the same way each time. Swallow the capsule or tablet whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal overdose. Do not crush, chew, break, open, or dissolve. Measure liquid medicine with the supplied syringe or a dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Never crush or break a ConZip pill to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop using ConZip suddenly. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since ConZip is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing.
What should I avoid while taking ConZip?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how ConZip will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
ConZip side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction or a severe skin reaction. ConZip can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. Call your doctor at once if you have noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep, a slow heart rate or weak pulse, a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out, seizure (convulsions), or low cortisol levels. Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome. Serious breathing problems may be more likely in older adults and people who are debilitated or have wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders. Common side effects of ConZip may include constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, headache, or itching.
What other drugs will affect ConZip?
You may have breathing problems or withdrawal symptoms if you start or stop taking certain other medicines. Many other drugs can be dangerous when used with ConZip. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.