"Crazy, remember how we were talking about Tramadol the other day?"
"Yes, I remember."
"Well I talked to the doctor about it. He said it's NOW a narcotic and I can't have it because it's been changed to a narcotic and he doesn't prescribe narcotics."
Tramadol has recently been reclassified as a scheduled drug because of its addiction potential. The drug itself has not been reformulated in any way. I explain this to the patient. He seems satisfied.
Later in the day, the doctor of this patient calls me. He wants to "inform" me that I made a mistake telling the patient what I told the patient about Tramadol.
"Don't you do your continuing education?" he asked. "Tramadol is now a NARCOTIC. I thought you should know."
I'm sure glad he set me straight.