This article shall tackle symptoms that could help determine whether a person has become addicted to Tramadol, and the withdrawal symptoms they may experience as they begin the detoxification.

Tramadol Addiction

Narcotic drugs like Tramadol work directly alongside the human brain receptors. This action results to sensations that are both fulfilling and relaxing to users. This is why many users find using the drug the easiest way for them to get through their day.

However, as patients rely more and more on the drug to help them ease their pain, their bodies slowly become numb to the effects of the drug. A chain of events leads to the person drinking more until they reach a point where they find it almost impossible to live normally without the drug.

As their dependence worsens, the side effects of the drug start to take a toll on their overall health. If they are left to continue their dangerous cycle, many of these patients end up overdosing themselves.

Symptoms Of Tramadol Addiction

Drug addiction can manifest in different forms; the most common ones are as listed below: (1)

  • Heavy Use: one of the most noticeable symptoms of Tramadol addiction is when a patient starts using above the prescribed amount their doctor has given them. The maximum amount doctors are allowed to prescribe the drug is placed at 400mg per day. If your body is forcing you to drink more than that, then it is safe to assume that you may have an addiction.
  • Finding ways to get prescribed more: addicted patients may try to find excuses, such as they lost their supply or that the prescribed amount is not working anymore, to get their doctors to give them a fresh supply of Tramadol.
  • Constantly looking for other sources: some patients may try to visit various doctors for the same problem or attempt to forge prescription form for them to be able to buy more of the drug in pharmacies.
  • Over Dependence: over dependence can be seen when the patient needs to drink the drug to do simple everyday things. Without the drug, the patient may feel like they have no energy to do things that were once routinary to them.

Symptoms Of Tramadol Withdrawal

Stopping Tramadol addiction is a very beneficial choice. However, it is not as easy as it looks due to the withdrawal symptoms that come along with it.

Listed below are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms from Tramadol:

  • Nausea: the uneasy feeling a person feels when they are about to vomit. This is the way our brain tells us that there is something wrong with our stomach or digestive system. (2)
  • Muscle cramps: painful, uncontrollable muscle contractions that can last between a few seconds to a minute. (3)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: characterized by painful sensations usually located in the large intestines such as diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, and bloating. (4)
  • Anxiety: an uneasy feeling that something wrong or terrible might happen, can be mild or severe (5)
  • Depression: various permanent or temporary emotions characterized by the feeling of hopelessness or the lack of motivation to do simple everyday things. (6)
  • Insomnia: the inability to sleep for a few days or to sleep consistently during the night.

Recreational Use Of Tramadol

Reports have shown that drug users have started using Tramadol to fulfill their thirst for a hit of euphoria. With the drug becoming more and more accessible to the masses, some people have started snorting the crushed form of the drug. Using Tramadol for such purposes will result in more severe side effects and later on withdrawal symptoms. (7)


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