Tramadol addiction has become a major problem due to the misconception that the drug is not a narcotic. It is often sold under the name Ultram and is an opioid drug that is highly addictive because it is a synthetic narcotic-like pain reliever. Tramadol hydrochloride is a generic name brand for Ultram. It is available in extended-release tablets and should be taken as directed. Since the effects are similar to those of other narcotic analgesics like morphine, it can become habit-forming and also cause physical and psychological dependence.
Is Tramadol an opiate?
Tramadol is not an opiate; however, it is an opioid. An opioid is synthetically created while an opiate is derived from the opium poppy plant. So many individuals have been lead to believe that it is not an opioid medication. In fact, it is classified as an opioid because, like morphine and hydrocodone, it binds and activates the mu opioid receptor. This mechanism provides analgesic effect and subsequently, pain relief. Regular use of the drug can lead to physical dependence. Thus, when this exogenous source of opioids suddenly discontinues, individuals often experience withdrawal symptoms. If the drug was not an opioid, then this would not occur.
What is Tramadol used for?
Tramadol is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It was first developed by the German pharmaceutical company Grunenthal GmbH in the late 1970s, marketed under the name Tramal.
The drug is available in capsules, tablets, extended-release tablets, suppositories, effervescent tablets and powders, and liquid for oral and sublingual administration. However, there are also tablets and caplets available with paracetamol (acetaminophen).
Some of its brand names are:
- Ultracet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Tramadol)
Recommended dosages range from 50 mg to 300 mg daily. Tramadol is also indicated for use in veterinary medicine. Frequently, it is 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.
Is Tramadol a narcotic and is it addictive?
It is a Schedule IV controlled narcotic and often the primary cause of a drug addiction. It may become addictive, even at prescribed dosages. As a result, abuse or misuse can occur, leading to overdose and even death. After prolonged use, many individuals develop a physical tolerance to the drug. Furthermore, they have to take larger doses to feel the drug’s effect which often leads to physical dependence. However, when users attempt to stop taking the drug, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms.
What are the side effects and withdrawal symptoms from Tramadol?
Withdrawal can cause some distressfull symptoms such as :
- abdominal cramps
- sleeping and breathing problems.
Withdrawal symptoms may vary from individual to individual. Therefore, it is best to seek medical guidance or an inpatient medical facility to minimize suffering and risks. Other signs of a possible addiction include frequent cravings, personal problems caused by obtaining and using the drug, and uncontrollable use regardless of negative consequences.
Warnings on the use of this drug state that it should not be used by patients who have had a history of substance abuse or who are currently intoxicated. Some of the drugs that should not be mixed 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 risks may be higher in those who have had a seizure disorder, epilepsy, head injury or a metabolic disorder. As with other opiate pain relievers, it should be taken exactly as prescribed and should not be crushed or mixed with liquid and injected. Inhaling or injecting the drug can cause life-threatening reactions, overdose or death. In addition, 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
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Waismann patients are offered:
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- Integrative recovery therapies may include biofeedback, massages and yoga.
Many people who have developed an addiction to Tramadol, 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 a detox expert about your history and available options. We are here for you seven days a week!