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Tramadol is a well-known pain killer which produces the effects similar to morphine and hydrocodone. Tramadol is widely available in the chemist’s shops everywhere. It induces calmness and relaxation in the brain almost immediately after it is taken. When the drug is consumed in limited quantities as prescribed by your physician, it will not cause a lot of problems. However, trouble arises when you take tramadol on a daily basis for no apparent reason just to experience that sense of calmness. The feeling which you had experienced while first consuming the drug, there will be an obsessive need to experience that feeling over and over again. And that is the time when tramadol taken in small quantities will not help. You will need to take it in larger doses and that will result in your brain forming a dependence on the drug. You will no longer be able to get rid of any kind of physical pain without consuming Tramadol. Your body will gradually grow tolerant to the drug.

Though there are not many cases of Tramadol abuse, however, it can still be addictive. Tramadol cures moderate to severe pain. Even though the drug is devoid of narcotic qualities, and can be used to treat several other illnesses, there have been cases where patients have developed moderate to quite serious addiction to Tramadol. It is because of this reason that Tramadol comes with a warning on its labels that there may be chances of getting addicted to the drug.

Tramadol, like other opioid medications, does not produce a feeling of “high”. It prevents the absorption of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and serotonin back into your system. As soon as Tramadol leaves the bloodstream, the early onset of withdrawal begins, which include the following symptoms:

  • Muscle pain
  • Yawning
  • Perspiration
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hypertension
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Enhanced breathing
  • The later and more severe withdrawal symptoms include the following:
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach ache
  • Goosebumps
  • Dilation of pupil
  • Lack of appetite
  • Craving for the drug
  • Depersonalization
  • Irritation
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate or to think clearly

Withdrawing from tramadol can be quite painful. As tramadol used to minimize pain before, now without tramadol in your system, you will experience pain at the slightest of things. It influences your mood and takes a toll on your psychological health as well. Your body gets so accustomed to Tramadol that when it suddenly faces a lack of the drug, it fails to adjust and function properly. Withdrawal symptoms occur because your body tries to reimburse the loss of the supply of Tramadol.

Withdrawal from Tramadol will be unique to each individual. If you had been consuming the drug for a long span of time in large doses, then you will take considerably longer to withdraw from it. Withdrawal symptoms are likely to get worse if you had been taking tramadol along with alcohol. In that case, you will need to withdraw first from alcohol, which is a lot more addictive than tramadol, and then from tramadol. So the efforts need to be doubled. Thus, with chronic use, the brain forms a greater dependency on the drug. You are in for more trouble if you had been smoking up or injecting the drug.

Teenagers are more likely to develop an addiction to this drug. The brain which helps in decision making is not fully developed in teenagers, and that is primarily the reason why they may fall prey to addiction as the brain will not be able to function without the drug after dependence has been formed. If you have been traumatized in the past, you may get addicted to this drug.


Though withdrawing from tramadol will not be life-threatening, there can be painful symptoms of withdrawal. It is for this very reason that you should never opt for abruptly quitting the drug, without the help of any medical professional. When you stop consuming the drug abruptly, then your brain fails to get adjusted to the lack of the drug in your system. This results in the worsening of the withdrawal symptoms. Thus, to be safe, always go for a medical detoxification.

Detoxifying medically will provide you with a lot of benefits. It provides a constant vigilance on the patients suffering from withdrawal symptoms. They always provide immediate help in cases of emergencies. Therefore, once you have made up your mind to quit tramadol, you should consult your doctor immediately about the necessary precautions to be taken. Abusing tramadol for a long span of time will influence the way your brain responds to feelings of pleasure and controls impulses. This is why there are chances you may want to go back to consuming the drug right after you quit. There will strong cravings. This is the reason why medical detoxification is always preferred, so that despite all the cravings, you do not have to fall back on the drugs again. Anxiety and depression are two of the major psychological withdrawal symptoms of tramadol. And these two symptoms can be cured with help of proper medications like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medicines, which are easily available. These medicines should also be taken under the strict guidance of your doctor as these too have a tendency to make you get addicted.


There are three types of medications which are prescribed under medical detoxification:

  • Methadone: This can be used as a substitute for tramadol. This particular medication must be used with extreme caution because this comes with high chances of forming an addiction and a gradual dependence. Methadone stays in the body for a longer period of time, thus, it compensates for the loss of tramadol. Therefore, the brain gets a lot of time to get adjusted and reimburse the lack of tramadol, and starts to function normally again.
  • Naltrexone: This drug acts more like an opponent of opioid drugs. Naltrexone can be very helpful in treating the early symptoms of withdrawal. When tramadol has been fully removed from the body, Naltrexone will prevent you from craving for the drug. Thus, it is extremely useful as it keeps you from forming further addiction.
  • Buprenorphine: Various drugs come under this category, like Subutex, Zubsolv, Suboxone, and Naloxone. These drugs minimize the withdrawal symptoms to a great extent, and when the patient tries to consume more amount of drug than necessary, Buprenorphine renders the drug useless. Thus, it prevents further addiction. These drugs also prevent the chances of a relapse.

Your doctor will be the best person to know how much your body and your brain has grown dependent on the drug. So never take the detoxification process in your own hands. Never try to quit abruptly. In a medical detox center, professionals will gradually lower the dose of the drug till your body gets accustomed to the dwindling amounts of it in your system. Psychological withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and depression may recur even ages after you have quit the drug. To combat these symptoms, resort to therapeutic processes like acupuncture and yoga. Tramadol does not stay in the system for a very long time, so there is not much to worry about. However, you must take extra precaution and try not to get addicted to it in the first place because addiction to anything has never done anyone any good. It takes a toll on your own health as well as on the emotional health of the ones who love you and who cannot see you suffer. Do not let drugs control your life when you can be in charge of it and make it a wonderful place to live in.


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