Opiate addiction is a global issue that has claimed the lives of millions of people in epidemic proportions. Tramadol, an extended release prescription narcotic, is quickly moving up the ranks to become one of the leaders in opiate addiction. In turn, if you find yourself dependent on this drug, you may be addicted to Tramadol. Similar to other prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Demerol and OxyContin – Tramadol works to block the opioid receptors in the central nervous system and brain and alters how the body experiences pain. In place of feeling discomfort, an individual under the influence of Tramadol would have a euphoric sensation. Moreover, this sensation is what causes individuals to begin abuse and become addicted to Tramadol.
As with other drugs, there is a danger of developing a tolerance to Tramadol. Tolerance means that with excessive use, the individual will reach a point where it will require more of the drug to achieve the same level of euphoria. This is dangerous because it increases the risk of overdose, as well as leads to other health complications.
Different from Other Narcotics
The extended time release component to Tramadol makes this drug unique from other opiate painkillers. Moreover, medical professionals warn that it should not be combined with alcohol or other drugs, especially tranquilizers, sedatives and other narcotics as it can impact the individual’s breathing, causing it to slow or stop. Tampering with the time release mechanism can lead to a multitude of dangerous side effects, including death.
Side Effects of Abuse
Abusing Tramadol can result in a number of side effects including:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
- Dizziness and drowsiness
- Chills and/or sweating
- Dry mouth
- Coma and death
There is an increased likeliness for seizures when there is a history of seizures, traumatic brain injury and in individuals who also take muscle relaxers and antidepressants.
It’s common for individuals to crush the drug into a powder form and then smoke, inhale or inject it. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA – this does not increase the euphoric sensation of the drug; however it can increase the dangerous side effects due to the fillers and binders relating to the time release formula.
Addicted to Tramadol? Gallus Detox Centers Can Help
The same dangers for addiction exist for people who abuse Tramadol as with any other narcotic. Moreover, chronic abuse and addiction may require the help of a medical detox to successfully remove chemical toxins. Most individuals find that after completing detox there are additional benefits to entering a rehabilitation treatment program to help them develop the skills needed to overcome their Tramadol addiction. If you or someone you know are struggling with Tramadol addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from Tramadol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.