Tramadol Detox

Tramadol is a pain medicine comparable to an opioid.  It acts in the central nervous system (CNS) to alleviate pain.  Basically, Tramadol is used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults.  It may be habit-forming, especially with prolonged use.  Therefore, the purpose of undergoing Tramadol detox is to help you discontinue using this medication, end body dependency, for you to live a life drug-free.

The extended-release form of Tramadol is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.  To emphasize, this method of Tramadol is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.

Tramadol Detox
Medical detox is critical in ensuring the withdrawal is manageable and reaches completion as well as that it does not become dangerous and life-threatening.

Tramadol Use Warnings

Seizures have been reported in patients taking Tramadol.  Your risk of attacks is more eminent if you are taking higher doses than prescribed.  Moreover, seizure risk is higher in those with a seizure disorder or taking antidepressants or opioid medications.

You should not use Tramadol if you are suicidal or prone to addiction.

You should not take Tramadol if you have severe breathing problems, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotic medication, or an MAO inhibitor (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others).  [1]

Tramadol can also slow or obstruct your breathing.  MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, particularly in a child or other person using the drug without a prescription. So, keep this drug where others cannot get to it.

Furthermore, taking Tramadol during pregnancy may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Fatal side effects can happen if you use this drug with alcohol or other drugs because they will intensify the drowsiness effects and can obstruct your breathing.

To Make Sure Tramadol is Safe for You

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any of the following:

  • Breathing problems, sleep apnea
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Urination problems
  • Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
  • A stomach disorders
  • Mental illness, or suicide attempt

If you use Tramadol during pregnancy, your baby could be born with life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and may require medical treatment for several weeks.

That is why you need to inquire with a doctor before using Tramadol if you are breastfeeding.  Also, tell your doctor if you notice severe drowsiness or slow breathing in the nursing baby.

Other Drugs That Affect Tramadol Use

You may have trouble breathing or withdrawal symptoms if you start or stop taking certain other drugs.  So, inform your doctor if you also use an antibiotic, antifungal medication, heart or blood pressure medication, seizure medication, or treatment to treat HIV or hepatitis C.

Furthermore, many other medications can be dangerous when used with Tramadol.

Inform Your Doctor if you also use:

  • Medications for allergies, asthma, blood pressure, motion sickness, irritable bowel, or overactive bladder.
  • Other opioid medications
  • A benzodiazepine sedative like Valium, Klonopin, or Xanax
  • Sleep medication, muscle relaxers, or other drugs that make you drowsy
  • Medicines that can affect serotonin, such as antidepressants, stimulants, or treatment for migraines or Parkinson’s disease

This list is not comprehensive because other drugs may interact with Tramadol, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products.  In addition, not all potential interactions are on the list.

In Case of Overdose

Your doctor may prescribe you to get naloxone (a medication to reverse an opioid overdose) and keep it with you at all times.  In addition, a person caring for you can give you naloxone in case of emergency, such as stopping breathing or not waking up.  However, your caregiver must still get emergency medical help and may need CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on you while waiting for help to arrive.

As a result of fatal opioid overdose, anyone can buy naloxone from a pharmacy or local health department.  Make sure any person caring for you knows where you keep naloxone and how to use it.

Symptoms of Overdose

  • Decreased size of the pupil  (the black circle in the center of the eye)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slow or shallowing breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Unable to respond or wake up
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cold, clammy skin

Tramadol Addiction and the Need for Tramadol Detox

Tramadol is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. Given that, we can have a quick impression that it’s possible to cause dependency or addiction because of being in opiate class.

Those who have a history of substance abuse are more likely to develop an addiction to Tramadol.  However, even those who have never abused alcohol or drugs are at risk.  Tramadol is commonly prescribed because it is considerably less addictive than most other medications, but that does not mean it is risk-free.

Signs and Side Effects of Tramadol Abuse may include:

  • Pinpoint (tiny) pupils
  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Headaches
  • Impaired coordination

Severe Side Effects

Tramadol may cause critical side effects.  Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms  [2]  are severe or do not go away:

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Blisters
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Swelling of the eyes, face, throat, tongue, lips, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Hoarseness
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Shivering
  • Sweating
  • Severe muscle stiffness or twitching
  • Loss of coordination
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, or dizziness
  • Inability to get or keep an erection
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Loss of consciousness

Intervention and Next Steps

An intervention for someone addicted to Tramadol should be carefully planned and executed.  Unfortunately, sometimes, those addicted to Tramadol do not realize they have a problem or deny their drug abuse.

Generally, it is not rare for users to feel ambushed or react defensively to intervention because this is a part of addiction symptoms.  That is why the help of a professional interventionist can prepare you and your loved ones for this and other possible reactions.  Interventionists guide an addict’s loved ones through the intervention process, educate them about addiction and help them plan and perform the intervention.

Tramadol Detox Rehab for Addiction

Those physically dependent on Tramadol will experience withdrawal symptoms if they reduce their dose too quickly or stop taking the drug altogether.  Common tramadol withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea, anxiety, depression, restlessness, hyperactivity, and diarrhea.  These symptoms generally last for 5-7 days.

Typically, those who have taken higher doses of Tramadol and more extended periods have more severe withdrawal symptoms.  Therefore, an inpatient, medically supervised detox is recommended to wean individuals off Tramadol to reduce withdrawal symptoms.  In addition, tapering off Tramadol by lowering the dosage over several weeks is recommended over quitting “cold turkey.”

Tramadol Detox
Medically supervised detox and inpatient and outpatient treatment provide professional, quality care, giving those battling tramadol addiction a chance at recovery.

The process of ridding the body of the drug, called detox, is often the first step in many tramadol treatments programs.  Medically assisted detox is the safest way to detox because the client is under a doctor’s supervision if withdrawal symptoms lead to potentially life-threatening complications.

Recovery at We Level Up New Jersey

At We Level Up NJ, our thorough approach to rehabilitation supports several levels of care to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient who enters our doors.  From an intensive and more supportive atmosphere for those in the early days of recovery to a comfortable residential-style living dynamic upon completion of detox, we are here to help guide you down the safe and results-based path to your sobriety.

So, to start reclaiming your life from addiction and undergo a comfortable tramadol detox, you may contact us, and we will guide you to recovery.  Seek medical care immediately if you have taken too much Tramadol.  Do not use other drugs in the hope of reversing the effects.