Tramadol reclassified as a controlled drug

The Home Office has updated the legal classification of tramadol, lisdexamfetamine, zopiclone and zaleplon.

Tramadol's dual-action pharmacological profile increases the potential for adverse effects, especially in overdose | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Tramadol's dual-action pharmacological profile increases the potential for adverse effects, especially in overdose | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

As of 10th June 2014, tramadol is classified as a Schedule 3 controlled drug. The move is in response to an increase in deaths involving the analgesic.

Other changes to CD legislation also came into force on the same date:

Summary of the changes:

Lisdexamfetamine Tramadol

Zopiclone

Zaleplon
Designation (from 10th June 2014)

Schedule 2

(CD POM)

Schedule 3

(CD No Reg POM)

Schedule 4

(Part I)

Schedule 4

(Part I)

CD prescription requirements Yes Yes No No
Prescription valid for 28 days 28 days 28 days 28 days
Prescription is repeatable No No Yes Yes
Safe custody regulations apply Yes No No No

Ketamine under review

Ketamine remains a Schedule 4 Part 1 drug at present. The Home Office will make a decision on the rescheduling of ketamine later this year following recommendations from the Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs.

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