What is Tramadol?
An Opioid pain reliever (OPR), Tramadol falls into the family that includes Fentanyl and Oxycodone, though considerably weaker than either. It is ideal for people who are in moderate pain or recovering from surgery.
Tramadol is most commonly prescribed as Conzip, though other generic alternatives may be available. Because Tramadol is weaker than other OPRs, people tend to think they can’t develop an addiction. However, Tramadol is still an Opioid and thus highly addictive. Underestimating the potency of a drug is one of the worst mistakes that can lead to developing a dependency.
Common street names for Tramadol are Trammies, Chill Pills, and Ultras (named after Ultram, a brand that is no longer available on the market).
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Effects of Tramadol Use
Tramadol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. This means it slows down lung and heart functions, allowing the user’s body to relax. Also, Tramadol binds to the Opioid receptors in the brain, blocking the signal of pain. It will also affect the receptor responsible for emotion, further inhibiting pain and providing the euphoric effect that Opioids are known for.
As with any Narcotic, the use of Tramadol can come with side effects. Someone taking a prescription may experience the following, even if they are taking it responsibly:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Muscle tightness
- Changes in mood
- Dry mouth
These symptoms are normal and should not be paid much mind unless they become more severe. Someone will know they are abusing or overusing Tramadol if they experience:
- Respiratory depression
- Abnormally low blood pressure
- Slow heart rate
- Clammy skin
- Weak muscles
- Pinpoint pupils
If you notice these symptoms in yourself, or someone close to you, then it’s possible that a dependency has developed. Please, go to a doctor immediately.
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Whenever a prescription painkiller is used there is always the chance of addiction, especially when considering the severity and length of the pain. Even though Tramadol is not as strong as others on the market does not mean it should be taken lightly. Addiction is more likely to result from abuse of a medication but can still happen even if it is taken as prescribed. Sometimes, the user has genetic traits that make them more susceptible to dependency. More times than not, someone is just trying to make their pain go away.
If you believe your regular use of Tramadol has turned into a dependency, do not be afraid to come forward. Addiction is something someone can rarely fight on their own. It takes strength, guidance, and a support network to help find the right road to recovery.
Treatment for Tramadol Addiction
In the case of a prescription drug like Tramadol, there are better ways for treatment than addictions to illicit substances. For most drugs, like Heroin, Cocaine, or even alcohol, a clinic’s best option is to take the patient off immediately and completely. For medications patients received from a doctor, they can be tapered off. There are a few advantages to this, the most notable of which is that the symptoms of withdrawal and pain from detox are greatly reduced. This makes the process easier on the body and gives the person recovering a better chance of success. It also allows the user to restructure normal brain function over time, retaining a greater sense of normalcy.
If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction to Tramadol, or another prescribed pain killer, there is nothing to be ashamed of. With today’s culture and strength of pain killers, a dependency can develop in anyone who is taking them. Fear of the truth coming out is no reason to not look for help, so please reach out today. Dedicated treatment specialists are waiting to hear from you.
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