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Tramadol is yet another medication doctors prescribe for moderate to severe pain. As such, it is an opioid and subject to abuse. America is in the middle of a prescription medication abuse epidemic with painkillers leading the way. While medications like Tramadol serve an essential purpose, it does fall into a class of drugs that experts consider dangerous. Most of the time, people abuse Tramadol without a clear understanding of the consequences.
Initially, the drug manufacturer was able to sell Tramadol (brand name Ultram) as an over the counter medication. It wasn’t until almost 20 years after its introduction that the FDA realized the drug possessed the same qualities as Percocet and Oxycontin. After studies indicated the medication showed abuse consequences, the FDA listed it as a controlled substance in 2014.
Like other opioids, Tramadol works on the pain neurotransmitters in the brain. When patients take the drug as their doctor prescribes, they get lasting relief from pain. When people abuse Tramadol, they get the usual high or euphoria they seek when involved in opioid drug abuse. These same people also find themselves subject to the same addictive characteristics as other opioids.
As addictions go, Tramadol addiction is just as bad as an addiction to Oxycontin. Both the side effects and withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and at times, life-threatening. Also, the possibility of an overdose increases as the user increases their dosage in an effort to find the high.
This isn’t a request. It’s a warning of sorts. If you abuse Tramadol, you will be subject to the side effects and Tramadol withdrawal symptoms. Perhaps, a description of the possible side effects will help persuade you to not abuse Tramadol. A few of the more notorious side effects include:
While these side effects might not sound all that traumatic, they can cause health problems. Another side effect not listed above is addiction. Like most opioids, Tramadol is addictive. Depending on how a user’s body metabolizes the drug, an addiction can form in rather short order. Once an addiction takes hold, any attempts to suddenly stop taking the medication could result in severe withdrawal.
If you are already addicted to Tramadol or any other opiate-based medication, you need help. Should you decide to stop using these drugs on your own, you could be subject to the following side effects:
Before you decide to stop on your own, you might want to consult with a doctor or rehab center. Premier rehabs such as Beaches Recovery will probably recommend detox and treatment. Detox will allow you to get through withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure environment.
Our highly reputable rehab facility sits in Jacksonville, Florida. We offer a comprehensive menu of treatments for drug abuse, including an in-house, medically-monitored detox program, therapy, and aftercare programs. For the direct benefit of our patients, we treat each patient as a unique person. As such, we use one of the following treatment options to assure each patient gets the care they need:
If the depths of your addiction have you concerned, it’s time for you to consider getting help. The process has to begin with you admitting you abuse Tramadol and want recovery. When you find that place, we encourage you to call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532. Our professional addiction treatment staff will do everything possible to help you find the road to recovery. It’s an opportunity for you to reclaim the life you are losing to drugs or alcohol.