Tramadol is a narcotic-like pain reliever. Tramadol hydrochloride is a Generic name brand for Ultram, it is usually used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

Tramadol is available in extended release tablets and should be taken exactly as directed. Because the effects if Tramadol are similar to those of narcotic analgesics, it may become habit forming causing physical and psychological dependence.

Is Tramadol an opiate?

Tramadol is not an opiate, however it is an opioid. The difference between an opiate and an opioid, is that the former derives from the opium poppy, and the latter is synthetically created.

What is Tramadol Used for?

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. Tramadol was developed by the German pharmaceutical company Grunenthal GmbH in the late 1970s, marketed under the name Tramal. It is also licensed under other names including Ultram. Tramadol can be injected intravenously and intramuscularly, and oral preparations are also approved.

The drug is available in capsules, tablets, extended-release tablets, suppositories, effervescent tablets and powders, and liquid for oral and sublingual administration. There are also tablets and caplets available with paracetamol (acetaminophen).

Recommended dosages range from 50 mg to 300 mg daily. Tramadol is also indicated for use in veterinary medicine. It’s used to treat pain from surgery, illness and injury in dogs, cats, rabbits, marsupials, and rodents including flying squirrels, rats, guinea pigs, ferrets and raccoons.

Tramadol Side Effects And Withdrawal

Side effects reported include impaired thinking and reaction time. Other effects include nausea, constipation, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, vomiting, itching, sweating, dry mouth, diarrhea and rash. The drug’s label warns that caution should be taken when driving or performing other tasks that require alertness. Patients who stop taking Tramadol can experience withdrawal symptoms that include anxiety, nausea, sweating, chills, tremors, diarrhea, hallucinations, trouble sleeping and breathing problems.

What are the risks of taking Tramadol?

Tramadol can be habit forming. Warnings on the use of Tramadol say it should not be used by patients who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs, or if they are currently intoxicated. Drugs that should not be taken with Tramadol include other narcotic pain relievers, sedatives or tranquilizers, street drugs or medicine for depression, anxiety or mental illness.

Seizures can occur with the use of Tramadol and risk may be higher in those who have had a seizure disorder, epilepsy, head injury or a metabolic disorder. As with other opiate pain relievers, 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. Taking too much of the drug can be fatal, according to the manufacturer. Overdose symptoms can include drowsiness, extreme weakness, shallow breathing, slow heart beat, cold or clammy skin, lightheaded, fainting or coma.

Tramadol Addiction Treatment Options

Waismann Method®Medical Group utilizes the most advanced inpatient medical detoxification methods available. We provide both Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox and other forms of effective and humane, Medical Opiate Detoxification procedures. We have one exclusive location based in California, where we receive patients from all over the world. By having one single location, we have been able to focus all efforts in maintain our position as the leader in opiate detoxification services worldwide.

Our dedication and unparalleled reputation is backed by almost 20 years of experience and superior medical care.

Waismann Patients are Offered:

  • Private rooms that allows us to provide individualized attention, extra comfort and privacy.
  • Quadrupled Board Certified Medical Director with two decades of experience in opiate dependence
  • Multiple options of medical detoxification, based on patients’ individual needs
  •  All Inclusive 24/7 care for 5 to 10  days including hospital stay and our  exclusive Domus Retreat recovery center.
  • Integrative recovery therapies may include biofeedback, massages and yoga.


Many people who have developed an addiction to Tramadol, have delay treatment because of a fear of withdrawal. Our protocol is individualized and based on safety, comfort and success of the patient. If you are looking for the best Tramadol treatment available, you have found it. Call us today at 310-205-0808 and speak to an detox expert about you history and available options. We are here for you seven days a week!