IRFANA PARVEEN
By Irfana Parveen

B.Sc (Psychiatry Ward)

20 September 2021
Medically reviewed by
Sumayya Salam
Pharm D
Tramadol’s Addiction
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Pain is an unexplained feeling or sensation in a particular body part. It signals in your nervous system that the senses can tingle, prick, or sometimes feel a burning sensation if something goes wrong. 

The leading causes of the pain include any accident or injury. Sometimes, pain may go on its own they are the condition of an acute pain condition in some cases, it leads to chronic disease. If you are dealing with pain for a prolonged period, consult your doctor and start the medication.

Tramadol is one of the most potent painkillers used the to given for patients who are suffering from pain; let us see understand more about tramadol addiction and the warning below, 

What Is Tramadol

Tramadol is used to alleviate moderate or, at times, even severe pain, where weaker painkillers don’t suffice the need. It belongs to a class of medications called opioid analgesics (narcotic). The US FDA has classified it as a controlled substance meaning you can buy Tramadol only with the help of a valid doctor’s prescription. 

Marketed under various trade names like Ultracet and Ultram being the most widely recognized and prescribed. You may find Tramadol in multiple forms, such as tablets, capsules, and liquid drops that you may swallow. For quick efficiency, you may also use intravenous mode, i.e., injection, which should be taken only under proper medical supervision.

Understanding Tramadol And How It Works

Tramadol belongs to the class of opioid agonists. It is a group of medications often used to treat similar conditions—the Drug Works By changing the pain sensors in the brain. In your brain, the substance called endorphins. Endorphins help to bind the receptors in the brain. It doesn’t kill or stop the pain. It affects pain receptors in the central nervous system to block pain signals to the rest of the body. 

Tramadol works in a way to decrease the amount of pain your brain might assume you’re feeling. You might need to take it alongside other medications as it may be used as a combination therapy.

Yes, Tramadol can make you sleepy because drowsiness and sleepiness are the common side effects of tramadol. In a survey, 25% of users report sleepiness to the drug.
It is a most potent painkiller, belongs to a group of opiates, it is used in pain management after an operation or any severe injury. If you are suffering from long-term pain, your doctor may prescribe it.
It leads to breathing difficulty, shallow breath, confusion, and trouble in breastfeeding; if you are planning for pregnancy, talk to your doctor; the drug may lower your fertility level in both men and women.

Possible Side Effects

Please inform your doctor about your health conditions and problems promptly, as the doctor might be prescribing this medication because they have judged that its benefits outweigh the risks of side effects. Most people using this medication usually do not have serious side effects when consumed as directed. Some of the common side effects are:

Common side effects Serious side effects
Dizziness Extremely slowed breathing
Drowsiness Fatigue
Headache Pain in your abdomen
Nausea Muscle weakness
Vomiting Trouble sleeping
Constipation Seizures

Symptoms include: Anxiety, irritability, trouble sleeping, rapid breathing rate and heart rate, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a loss of appetite, severe perspiration, chills, stomach cramps, muscle aches, backache, or joint pain.

Tramadol Addiction Potential

As it is one of the least potent opioid painkillers, it can still make a person addicted if taken without a doctor’s approval. This false sense of security can lead some people to develop an addiction without realizing it.

Tramadol Abuse

Consumption of Tramadol without a prescription or taking it in higher doses, more often or for a longer time than prescribed, is considered abuse of this Drug and can lead to dependence and addiction.

Combining Tramadol with any other substance to increase its effects and creates a euphoric high is also abuse. Addiction and misuse of this Drug can result in overdose and may cause death. To help avoid such mishaps, consume this Drug precisely as prescribed by your doctor.

Researchers found a primary common link among those that abuse Tramadol. In about 95% of cases, people who abuse this medication already have a prior history of other substance abuse.

Treatment For Tramadol Abuse And Addiction

Addiction has some common signs, and it has proved to be easier to treat by recognizing the symptoms in the early stages.

Symptoms of addiction can be physical, mental, and even behavioral:

  • An overpowering urge to use the substance or use it on a very regular basis.
  • Personality changes, including extreme mood swings and Anxiety.
  • Behavioral changes, including paranoia, secrecy, or aggressive and violent behavior.
  • Change in appearance, including unexplained weight gain or loss or poor hygiene, and pinpoint pupils.
  • Various ongoing health issues include continued exhaustion, insomnia, or poor nutrition.
  • Social withdrawal results in constrained relationships with friends and family or forming new toxic relationships with other substance users.
  • Poor conduct and performance at work or school, often due to absence or disinterest.
  • Spending money required for bills or other necessities on the substance, resulting in cash or legal issues, including suspicious or frequent requests to borrow money.

If you notice these signs in your loved ones or yourself, accompany them to help them with patience, understanding, and kindness. Numerous options can help eliminate addiction, such as therapy, rehabilitation centers, and recovery meetings.

Bottom Line From Practical Anxiety Solutions

So far, we have understood the drug Tramadol addiction and abuse. Tramadol is only used as a pain killer to treat severe to moderate pain for the person suffering from any injury or accident; it is a common thing the person who is using the Drug for a prolonged period will start suffering from the habit forming of the Drug.

This is essential in the usage of the Drug like tramadol users using more than recommended by their doctor will lead to changes in their mood and behavior, weight gain, personality changes to anger and confusion, and sometimes leads to severe withdrawal symptoms. Hence, it is necessary to consult your doctor about the medical history of discontinuation of the Drug.

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