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Tramadol Addiction

Facts About Tramadol

Tramadol is an opiate which works by altering the way an individual’s brain and central nervous system perceives pain. Prescribed for the control of moderate to severe pain, often following injury, surgical procedures or chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Tramadol dependence can happen when an individual has been using the drug for an extended period of time. There are several brand names that tramadol is sold under. They are Ultram, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, and ConZip.

 

When sold illegally on the street, they are called chill pills. Any narcotic painkiller use can lead to tramadol addiction, and especially when taken in higher doses. There are two main types of tramadol that are available through prescription. The first type is a fast acting pill that is often prescribed for urgent pain control. The second is an extended-release tablet that is commonly prescribed for chronic conditions. While the first type starts at a moderated dose such as 50mg, the extended release comes in 100mg -300mgs.

Tramadol Addiction Symptoms

Common symptoms of tramadol addiction can vary from individual to individual and are often classified as either physical or behavioral. Some of the physical symptoms of tramadol addiction are a lack of interest in hygiene as well as sleep pattern changes. Other individuals may experience changes in weight, either excess weight gain or weight loss. Slurred speech, changes in coordination and increasing injuries can also be signs of drug addiction. Some of the first signs family members notice are the bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils. Should you suspect that your loved one might be struggling with tramadol addiction or abuse, contact our drug rehab center in Huntington Beach.

 

There are also behavioral symptoms that occur when an individual is struggling with tramadol addiction. Some of the major changes are lack of interest in hobbies, sports or other loved activities and personality changes. A decreased motivation to perform well in school or at work and the development of social problems can also point to addiction. For some individuals, the choice to isolate themselves from others and withdrawal from everything can strain relationships even further. When money begins to go missing or doctor shopping begins, it is time to reach out for help from a rehab counselor at Coastline Rehab Center in Huntington Beach.

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Tramadol Side Effects

There are many known side effects to tramadol use, even when taken according to the prescription and under medical supervision. Some respond to tramadol with extreme and dangerous side effects such as allergic reactions and should call for medical help at once. It is important to disclose other drug prescriptions or illicit drug consumption to medical professionals when seeking treatment for an adverse reaction to tramadol. Some medications can cause fatal interactions when taken with tramadol. Some common side effects of tramadol include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fevers
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Muscle pain
  • Seizures

There is a potentially fatal complication that can occur when taking tramadol outside prescribed dosing. When too much tramadol is taken, something called serotonin syndrome, or serotonin storm, can occur. This can also occur when a client is taking both antidepressants along with their tramadol prescription. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome are the following:

  • Increased confusion
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Rigidity and twitching of muscles
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Loss of coordination
  • Coma
  • Death if not treated properly

 

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