Tramadol treats mild pain and is classified as an opioid. Users can develop an addiction to it although it is said to be less habit forming as compared to other prescription opioids.
Addiction to Tramadol is common among people who indulge in the indiscriminate use of Tramadol. Even those who adhere to the directions provided by the medical practitioner can develop a tramadol addiction in certain instances.
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Many people tend to develop tolerance to Tramadol following prolonged use. The thrills gotten from tramadol would need sizable portions of tramadol to be felt by such persons. Besides becoming tolerant, users of tramadol risk withdrawal symptoms once they decide to quit. Depression, irritability and flu-like symptoms are COMMON Tramadol withdrawal symptoms.
If users have developed a tolerance to tramadol and they experience withdrawal symptoms, it could be an indication that they have in fact developed a physical addiction to the drug. Reckless use of Tramadol along with severe cravings and the inability to relate well with others are other signs of addiction.
Mild ache is often treated using the commonly recommended opioid Tramadol. It is often administered to reduce chronic pain such as after surgery or conditions such as fibromyalgia.
The drug should be taken orally and most of the time comes in a 50 mg tablet. Trammies, ultras chill pills are the informal names used on the street to represent tramadol. There is the potential of abuse because it is a narcotic painkiller and is dangerous when overdoses.
Tramadol brands include
- Ultram ER
Tramadol relieves pain by binding the brain's opioid receptors. While it is very effective in treating pain, it is among the least potent pain relievers available. However, it is still addictive especially when taken for long durations.
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Tramadol Misuse Effects
Due to its inferior enslavement feature compared to other opioid analgesics, Tramadol is regularly recommended. Although under the Controlled Substance Act most pain relievers are categorised as schedule II, tramadol falls under schedule IV.
As tramadol has intoxicating and relaxing effects, it can get abused. Individuals tend to be overjoyed and relaxed after using tramadol. Individuals with serious injuries may decide to take large quantities of the substance.
The frequent use/abuse of Tramadol will often result in addiction and many people move on to harder painkillers and other illegal substances to relieve their cravings.
Being a depressant of the central nervous system (CNS), tramadol decreases heart and lung function. Death or grave consequences awaits persons who consume tramadol in large quantities. Below are the signs of tramadol misuse
- Respiratory distress
- Blood pressure below the norm
- Slow pulse or heart rate
- Profuse perspiration
- Muscular weakness
- Pupils become small
Popular Drug Combinations Of Tramadol
Tramadol is often abused alongside other drugs which is called polydrug use. Tramadol is often mixed with other drugs in order to improve the user's high or as part of self-medicating Tramadol is often combined with the following substances
- Various painkillers
- Sleeping pills and sedatives such as Benzodiazepines
- Medication used in treating colds
When tramadol is consumed with other drugs, the risk of becoming addicted to it is increased. There is a high risk of combining Tramadol which is a CNS depressant with other CNS depressant substances such as opioids, alcohol and sedative or hypnotics. The danger mainly lies in the fact that they lead to depressed respiration. Overdosing and getting seizures present the major risks to users.
Statistics Of Tramadol Abuse
The withdrawal symptoms coming from Tramadol abuse are intense and very severe in many cases. In order to beat an addiction to tramadol, treatment and medically assisted detoxification are the safest manners.