Tramadol treats mild pain and is classified as an opioid. Although it is considered as less addictive compared to others in the same category, using the tramadol can lead to dependency.
The abuse and misuse of Tramadol have been identified as the starting point for addiction. There are cases where people who adhere to their medical provider's advice get addicted to the drug.
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Many people tend to develop tolerance to Tramadol following prolonged use. After tolerance, they have to take higher doses to experience any effects. Withdrawal symptoms and tolerance are experiences suffered when one tries to quit the drug. Flu Like symptoms, dejection and moodiness can be caused when withdrawing from tramadol.
Common signs of physical addiction are evidence that someone is physically addicted. Recurrent cravings, undisciplined usage of the drug and relationship issues that are created by using this drug are some of the other indications of being addicted to it.
Learn About Tramadol
Mild ache is often treated using the commonly recommended opioid Tramadol. It is mostly to lessen pains after undergoing surgery or recurring pains attributed to health conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Tramadol is taken orally and is prescribed in 50mg tablets. On the streets, Tramadol has various names such as ultras, trammies and chill pills. Due to its narcotic nature, Tramadol can easily be abused while posing serious risk to users who take large doses.
Some of tramadol's brand names are
- Ultram ER
Tramadol lessens pain by binding itself to the brain's opioid receptors. While it is very effective in treating pain, it is among the least potent pain relievers available. But when used for a long time, tramadol can be addictive.
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Effects Of Abusing Tramadol
As tramadol is less addictive compared to other opioid pain relievers, it is frequently used. Although under the Controlled Substance Act most pain relievers are categorised as schedule II, tramadol falls under schedule IV.
The euphoric and calming effects of Tramadol are often the reason for its abuse. When users misuse tramadol, they will experience a feeling of happiness and relaxation. Patients of severe pain often take high doses to experience any effects.
People who abuse it frequently can easily turn to illicit drugs or harder painkillers to satisfy their urges.
Sadly, it slows down the user's heart and lung function because it is depressant of the central nervous system. When users take a large dose of tramadol, they can be suffer an overdose that can be fatal as the drug can cause them to stop breathing completely. Some of the symptoms of overdosing on tramadol are
- Becoming unconscious
- Convulsions or strokes
- Difficulty breathing
- Blood pressure below the norm
- Weakened pulse
- Clammy skin and sweating
- Muscles that become weak
- Pinpoint pupils
Common Combinations Of Tramadol And Other Drugs
Polydrug use or combining Tramadol with other drugs is common. These combinations are usually done to produce an increased high or in self medication. Tramadol is often combined with the following substances
- Various painkillers
- Sedatives such as sleeping pills and Benzodiazepines
- Medications for colds
When tramadol is consumed with other drugs, the risk of becoming addicted to it is increased. Being a depressant of the CNS (central nervous system) it is lethal to combine tramadol with other related depressants such as opioids, alcohol and sedative hypnotics. Respiratory depression is often a consequence of mixing the above drugs. Overdosing and getting seizures present the major risks to users.
Statistics Of Tramadol Abuse
Symptoms that occur due to tramadol withdrawal can be great and serious in some people. Medical detoxification is considered the safest treatment for people addicted to Tramadol.