Tramadol is a narcotic-like analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release version is used for chronic, around-the-clock pain. With both versions, side effects can vary widely and from person to person. Some can be easily tolerated and quite common. Others, such as seizures, can be more serious.

Constipation is a common problem for those on opiate therapy and can turn serious if left unchecked. An allergic reaction is also possible and signs include rash, wheezing, difficult breathing, closing of the throat, hives or swelling of the lips, face, tongue or throat. Other more commonly reported side effects include weakness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, flushing of the skin and blurred vision.

 Tramadol Side Effects

The drug should be taken exactly as prescribed to avoid serious effects. Altering the dose in any way can be dangerous. Tramadol is not intended for those who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs. Taking it with alcohol can cause slowed breathing. Drowsiness can be magnified by patients who take Tramadol with other narcotics, allergy medication and sleeping pills. Some people experience seizures or convulsions when taking Tramadol. It’s more of a risk in those who have suffered prior seizures or head injuries and those taking antidepressants, muscle relaxers and other medications. Dizziness and drowsiness can also occur, so patients are urged to take it cautiously when driving or performing other potentially dangerous tasks. Tramadol use can lead to dependence and addiction, two serious side effects that bring with it a withdrawal phase that can be difficult to manage alone.

Waismann Method: Opiate-Free Solution to Tramadol Addiction

For almost two decades, the Waismann Method of Rapid Detox has successfully treated addiction to Tramadol and other opiates including OxyContin , Percocet Stadol, Fentanyl and Darvocet. In the majority of our patients, addiction developed after legitimate pain prompted a prescription from a medical professional. Our program includes an in-hospital procedure that uses medication to cleanse Tramadol from patients’ opiate receptors.  We manage the tramadolwithdrawal phase so effectively that patients can recover more quickly and thoroughly. Tramadol addiction can be treated in a matter of days with our program, and patients can   move into our Domus Retreat recovery retreat, for continue personal care for a few days.

Patients are usually in the hospital for two to three days, with the remainder of the time in a private suite at the Domus Retreat (, where we work with the emotional and physical transition in order to maximize effectiveness and comfort of the treatment.


Opiate dependency causes numerous changes in brain chemistry and organ functions, so after the procedure it is paramount that patients are monitored properly for at least a few days in order to regulate basic functions and prevent medical complications and immediate relapse.


The Waismann Method doesn’t use opiate replacement therapy to treat addiction. Many programs offer opiate replacements or substitutes such as Suboxone to help wean patients from other opiate drugs. These can lead to a second addiction. Our medical  opiate-free program offers the safest, most humane Tramadol detox with proven results.

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