Tramadol is a type of opioid painkiller that is prescriber for severe pains like arthritis or after surgery. Its effects on the pain are long lasting such that the patient does not need to take it too many times.
Is there any harm in Tramadol?
Tramadol has narcotic elements that react on the brain transmitters with effects of possible addiction like when taking more dosage than prescribed and for a prolonged period. It can also be addictive if taken as a non-prescribed drug. The risk of addiction is also high if it is taken in combination with other stimulants like alcohol, painkillers or sedatives.
When someone starts exhibiting uncontrolled craving for Tramadol, they are not able to manage how much they take and cannot function normally without the drug, chances are they are addicted.
Effects of Tramadol in the short-term
As a painkiller, Tramadol helps in relieving pain as well as altering a person’s frame of mind by adjusting the sensation of pain in the nerves all the way to the brain. It connects opioid transmitters in control for relieving pain if taken as prescribed or giving a euphoric outcome when abused.
Tramadol regulates and reduces the level of pain being transmitted in the brain thereby making you feel much less pain when you are on the drugs.
Tramadol gives a feel good effect and makes the patients feel elated anytime they take the drug. Unfortunately, these feel good effects can lead to abuse of the drug.
It reduces anxiety by adjusting the brain activity making the patient be at ease.
Expected reactions of Tramadol use
Some of the reactions or side effects of using Tramadol include insomnia, feeling dizzy, headache, diarrhea, constipation, sweating, dry mouth, loss of appetite, nausea and body tremors.
A patient can also experience some side effects that may need medical intervention like fever, skin rash and blisters, agitation, breathing difficulties, difficulty in swallowing, increased heartbeat and lack of coordination.
Effects of Tramadol use in the Long term
Most doctors do not prescribe Tramadol for long term use as they are aware of the potential this drug has of causing more harm than good. Some of the long term effects include;
- Tolerance: The rain activity is adjusted by the presence of Tramadol in the system. When the body gets used to operating with this drug, the patient needs to increase the amount of drug they normally take.
Reduced cognitive ability: The user has impaired cognitive ability as well as decelerated reaction time. It becomes very difficult to undertake a hard task and the patient exposes themselves and others when they carry out activities such as driving.
- Physical dependency: When used for extended periods of time, the body can no longer function properly without the drug and therefore the patient has to take Tramadol in order to function. Failure to take this drug can lead to uncomfortable and sometimes severe withdrawal symptoms.
Tolerance and dependency eventually leads to addiction and patients result to obtaining the drug illegally.
Dependency on Tramadol
Some patients start dependency on Tramadol on a psychological level even when taking the drug as advised by the doctor. At the same time, the rate of dependency increases when the drug is not taken at the time and in the amounts stated in the prescription. A serious psychological addiction is inevitable when patients take the medication in larger quantities so as to deal with tolerance, withdrawal symptoms or the stresses of life.
Treatment of Tramadol withdrawal
Detoxification at a treatment facility is the best option for dealing with the unpleasant and sometimes risky withdrawal symptoms. This process is done with close monitoring by qualified personnel to ensure a safe transition.
You may also need to attend inpatient or outpatient therapy sessions to help you learn how to live a new life drug free.