To ameliorate mild discomfort, Tramadol, an opioid analgesic is often used. Tramadol is considered a lower risk when compared to other opioid prescription drugs but people still develop addiction despite this.
People who use or misuse Tramadol are at most risk of becoming addicted. There are cases where people who adhere to their medical provider's advice get addicted to the drug.
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Following a continuous long-term use of tramadol, a number of people tend to be tolerant to the substance. A tolerance means that a bigger dosage should be taken to experience the effects of the drug. In addition to the acquired tolerance, Tramadol abusers will also experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not take the drug. The symptoms of withdrawal include depression, being irritable and some symptoms that mimic the flu
Withdrawal and being tolerant to tramadol clearly indicate that the victim is physically addicted to the drug. Cravings, intensive tramadol use and having trouble in relationship due to the substance abuse are also signs of addiction to the drug.
What Is Tramadol
Tramadol is a moderate pain relief drug classified as an opioid painkiller. It is frequently administered following surgical procedures and in cases of chronic pain for patients with fibromyalgia or similar conditions.
Consumed through the mouth, Tramadol is in tablet about 50mg per tablet. Chill pills, ultras and trammies are some of tramadol's typical informal names. Tramadol can be abused and can be unsafe when consumed in big doses as it's a narcotic designed to relieve pain.
Tramadol brands include
- Ultram ER
Tramadol lessens pain by binding itself to the brain's opioid receptors. Regarded as a weak analgesic, Tramadol is still efficacious at ameliorating moderate ache. If consistently consumed over an extended duration, Tramadol could be quite enslaving.
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Tramadol Addiction And The Effects
Tramadol is mostly recommended because of its low potential for addiction compared to other pain relievers in the same group. Tramadol is a schedule IV substance as stated by the Controlled Substance Act While several other analgesics are schedule II.
The euphoric and calming effects of Tramadol are often the reason for its abuse. Individuals tend to be overjoyed and relaxed after using tramadol. A larger portion of tramadol is consumed by people who experience agonizing aches as well.
People who use tramadol regularly risk addiction as well as opting for more powerful pain relievers or illegal substances to quench their desires.
The role played by the heart and lungs, are severely influenced by tramadol due to its effect on the brain and spinal cord. Death or grave consequences awaits persons who consume tramadol in large quantities. Excessive doses of tramadol can result into
- Convulsions or strokes
- Respiratory distress
- Dangerously low blood pressure
- Decreased heart rate
- Clammy or sweating skin
- Muscular weakness
- Restricted pupils
Combinations Commonly Used With 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
- Other painkillers
- Sleeping pills, Benzodiazepines and sedatives
- Cold medicine
If the drug is taken alongside others, the risk of falling into addiction is usually higher. Since it is a depressant of the central nervous system (CNS), it is very dangerous to mix it with other CNS depressants such as opioids, alcohols and sedative hypnotics. Respiratory depression is occasionally the aftermath of combining these substances. The risk of overdosing or suffering a seizure also increases.
Tramadol Misuse And The Stats
Tramadol addiction is associated with severe withdrawal symptoms that can even pose a risk in certain cases. Medical detoxification is considered the safest treatment for people addicted to Tramadol.