Tramadol is a painkiller used primarily in the treatment of fibromyalgia. It is unusual in that it acts as both an opioid (narcotic) painkiller and on the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Tramadol has a wide range of uses, because it relieves both mild and severe pain for acute and chronic problems.
Tramadol causes several adverse side effects, including tolerance, dependency and addiction. It is also extremely dangerous when combined with a wide range of prescription drugs, including antidepressants. Combining Tramadol with alcohol can be fatal.
Tramadol Side Effects
Tramadol causes several adverse side effects, even when taken exactly as prescribed. If you take Tramadol, you will probably notice side effects typical to other opioid drugs. These side effects include dizziness, tiredness, vomiting and nausea, and constipation. Seizures may also occur. Tramadol also slows breathing and heart rate. That is why combining Tramadol with another depressant such as alcohol can be deadly.
Over time, your body tries to build immunity against Tramadol’s effects. When this occurs, you have to take more to get the same high. As this happens, your brain learns that it can rely on Tramadol to help your body feel good. Without the drug, severe withdrawal symptoms occur.
Many people choose to continue taking Tramadol instead of trying to quit — with sometimes fatal results. This is just one reason why Tramadol addiction is extremely dangerous. Never take other drugs or drink alcohol with Tramadol.
If you or someone you care about is abusing Tramadol, you’re not alone. Many people find themselves addicted to painkillers such as Tramadol. Trying to quit alone is difficult because of withdrawal.
You might notice intense flu-like symptoms, irritability and agitation, anxiety and insomnia. These effects occur with all painkillers, not only Tramadol — but unlike other painkillers, withdrawal may last longer with Tramadol. Cravings to use again only make quitting alone more difficult.
Am I Addicted to Tramadol?
Addiction is a chronic disease that can be managed with comprehensive rehabilitation. You might find it hard to believe that you’re addicted to drugs, but if any of these signs sound familiar, you need help:
- You keep getting Tramadol prescriptions, even though your symptoms have cleared.
- You try to keep extra Tramadol around just in case you run out.
- You lie about how much you use or deny using Tramadol.
- You take Tramadol to relax or just to get through the day.
- You spend increasingly more time thinking about getting high.
- You combine Tramadol with alcohol or other drugs.
- You feel sick when you try to quit, so you just keep using.
The earlier you get help, the easier it will be for you to stop using. If Tramadol abuse defines your choices, the time to get help is now.
If you are ready to quit using Tramadol, we can help. Don’t let another day pass wondering when you’ll find the strength to stop. Call us for more information and find your path to freedom, starting today.
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