Tramadol is sold under the name brand Ultram, is a centrally-acting synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain . Tramadol is not classified as an opiate although it produces similar effects.Tramadol can be habit forming, and compulsive use can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence. Tramadol may be used to treat pain caused by surgery and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. Warnings say it should not be used by patients who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs,due to higher risk of Tramadol addiction.
Tramadol addiction and dependence is marked by the often intense withdrawal symptoms that begin once use is stopped abruptly. In addition, Tramadol addiction could be caused by a long term intake. Researchers say physical addiction occurs when repeated use alters reward pathways in the brain. Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever that works by decreasing the body’s sense of pain and it is habit-forming if abused.
Signs of Ultram/ Tramadol Addiction
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. distributed approximately 43.8 million Tramadol / Ultram prescriptions in 2013. About 20,000 emergency room visits were due to recreational Tramadol use in 2011. Additionally, the National Survey estimated that approximately 3 million Americans, strating at the age of 12 took the drug for non-medical purposes in 2012.
Prolonged use of Tramadol, can cause patients to develop a physical tolerance, which requires a larger dose for the same level of result. Increasing the dose can result in Tramadol addiction.
Some of the Tramadol addiction signs can include:
- Progressive physical tolerance
- Intense craving and desire for the drug
- Use to control withdrawal symptoms
- Drug seeking behaviors, including: doctor shopping, tampering with prescriptions, internet pharmacy shopping.
- Inability to control prescribed dosages
- Lying regarding drug intake
- Constant preoccupation of obtaining more drugs
These are some of the symptoms Tramadol use may cause:
- Shallow breathing
- Drowsiness or sedation
Tramadol withdrawal symptoms can set in once you stop taking Tramadol after chronic use. These patients may experience symptoms that include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Upset stomach
- Cold sweats
- Irritability, agitation or aggressiveness
- Muscle and joint pain
- Restless legs
The withdrawal syndrome is the most obvious indication that physical dependence is present.
How to Prevent Tramadol Addiction
Tramadol should be taken exactly as prescribed and should not be crushed or mixed with liquid and injected. Inhaling or injecting it can cause life-threatening reactions, overdose or death. Using any opiate-like drug can lead to addiction over time. The best way to avoid this is to do your homework when it comes to drugs, their side effects, warnings and directions on use.
Taking any prescribed medication exactly as prescribed, is critical to the well being of the patient. It is up to each and every person to weigh the possible dangers of Tramadol and look at numerous alternatives for pain management. If you are worried that a Tramadol addiction could develop, talk to your doctor about additional options.
Waismann Method of Rapid Detox for Tramadol Addiction
Waismann Method is a world renowned treatment for prescription painkiller addiction. We are proud to offer our patients the best medicine has to offer in treating Tramadol/Ultram addiction and dependence. The major difference between W METHOD® treatment and other medical detoxification, is the safety, comfort, and success of patients. Every patient has a different medical and dependency history, and we treat them as individuals with specific needs. Since pharmaceuticals are the main tool used to achieve the desired result, we need to understand how each patient reacts to medications so we can appropriately tailor the program to safely achieve their goals of detoxification.
W METHOD medical detoxification treatment usually lasts for 5 to 7 days inpatient. The length of stay is based on the patient’s medical and dependence history and what medical detox is selected and the assessment by the medical staff prior to admission. Patients are usually in the hospital for one to three days, with the remainder of the time at the Domus Retreat (www.domusretreat.com), where we work with the emotional health of our patients, while the medical staff supervises the physical transition. Opiate dependence can cause numerous changes in the brain chemistry and other organ functions; It is paramount that patients are monitored properly for at least a few days in order to regulate basic functions and prevent medical complications.
Another thing that sets our opiate detox program apart from the others is the humane way we approach treatment. Our patients are treated as the unique individuals they are. We take into account underlying issues, special needs and individual risk factors. Our patients leave our facility Tramadol free and with their dignity intact.
For more information on the most private, comfortable and effective treatment for Tramadol addiction, give us a call today at 1-888-987-4673