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Ultram (Tramadol)

What is Ultram?

Ultram® (Tramadol)  is an opiate analgesic used to manage moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. Furthermore, It is similar to narcotic pain medications because it is an opioid analgesic. Thus, it works on certain nerves in the brain that control how you experience pain. Tramadol is another name sellers use to market the drug. It is also available in extended-release tablet form for chronic pain that requires round-the-clock treatment. The extended-release formula releases pain medication over the course of the day, so one pill every 24 hours is recommended. However, the manufacturer recommends that no more than 300 mg of Ultram be taken in a day.

Although Tramadol may have less addictive potential than other opioid painkillers, it is still a medication that should be used with caution. While most painkiller drugs (opioids) are a schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act, Tramadol is a schedule IV.

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Side Effects

Tramadol has a relatively short half-life, which means immediate-release forms of this drug are quickly absorbed, and effectiveness peaks in 1-4 hours. The more extended effects can last a little longer, peaking in 4-6 hours. Many people abuse this drug because they are seeking the calming and euphoric effects Tramadol provides. People often describe a feeling of calm and relaxation. Those taking higher doses of the drug for pain management are also at higher risks of severe side effects, including seizures and respiratory depression. Tramadol works differently from traditional opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone. It activates the opioid receptors while also blocking neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine from being reabsorbed back into the system. Side effects include impaired thinking and reaction time. Other effects also include:
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • vomiting
  • itching
  • sweating
  • dry mouth
  • diarrhea
  • rash

Secondary Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Stomach aches
  • Loss of appetites
  • Pupil dilation
  • Difficulties concentrating or having clear thoughts 
  • Intense cravings for the drugs
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Reports from the DEA state that 90 percent of people going through tramadol withdrawal experience the same withdrawal symptoms as other opioids. The other 10 percent may feel extreme confusion, paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, and in some cases, tingling or numbness in their extremities. Additionally, the drug’s label warns that patients should take caution when driving or performing other tasks that require alertness.

Tramadol (Ultram) Risks

Consequently, Ultram can be habit-forming. Warnings state patients with addiction issues or who are currently using other drugs should not use this pain medication. The manufacturer also recommends that people who have been suicidal do not take it.

Drugs you should not take with Ultram also include:

  • other narcotic pain relievers
  • sedatives or tranquilizers
  • street drugs or medicine for depression
  • anxiety or mental illness medications

Ultram can also cause seizures, and risks may be higher in those who have had a seizure disorder, epilepsy, head injury, or a metabolic disorder. Additionally, as with other opiate pain relievers, Ultram should be taken exactly as prescribed, and the tablet should not be crushed or mixed with liquid and injected. Also, inhaling or injecting it can cause life-threatening reactions, overdose, or death. Ultimately, taking too much of the drug can be fatal, according to the manufacturer.

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Signs of Overdose

Overdose symptoms can also include:

If you have an adverse reaction, call your doctor immediately!

Ultram Treatment Options

Because opiate drugs can lead to addiction and abuse, they should be taken only as prescribed and never shared. Unfortunately, the black market for painkillers makes drugs like this a hot commodity. Illicit use of Ultram and other narcotics can be dangerous. Many people who have developed an addiction to opiates delay treatment because of a fear of withdrawal.

Dependence and withdrawal to Ultram (Tramadol) are often best managed in a medical facility, which is the safest and most effective drug detox. Like other opioid drugs, once a person becomes physically dependent on Tramadol, it is not recommended to stop suddenly and without adequate medical advice. Additionally, an inpatient medical facility offers a high level of care with around-the-clock monitoring by medical professionals. Controlling impulses during detoxification may be hard for most and unnecessary suffering during a cold turkey detox can lead users to relapse in an effort to self-medicate withdrawal symptoms.

Waismann Method® Medically assisted treatment and rapid detox options greatly help patients ease tramadol withdrawal symptoms while achieving a level of physical stabilization. Physical and therapeutic tools are also provided to better control moods, stress, and drug cravings, which is the optimal way to treat drug dependence, addiction, and substance use disorders. Call us confidentially today so that we can discuss the best Tramadol Detox treatment option for you.

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