Is there Ultram Withdrawal Treatment?
Although Ultram (tramadol) is currently classified by the DEA as a Schedule IV substance, with a “low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence”, at this level, nearly every other opioid drug, with the exception of low concentration codeine mixtures, are considered more harmful to the user. This doesn’t minimize the needs for Ultram withdrawal treatment however, which, for many, can be as painful psychologically and emotionally as it is physically.
Increasing Access and Abuse of Ultram
In the ongoing efforts to deter harmful painkiller abuse, Ultram (tramadol) prescriptions are on the rise. The SAMHSA reports that “Tramadol is now the second most commonly prescribed narcotic pain reliever in the United States, outranking oxycodone in 2012” and “Prescriptions for this drug have become increasingly common, up 88 percent from 23.3 million in 2008 to 43.8 million in 2013.”
What many are finding out is that Ultram withdrawal effects are more than they anticipated when they began using the drug. Some people are able to metabolize the drug faster than others which, in combination with tolerance, accounts for them taking abnormally higher amounts to feel the effects. Some people choose to crush and snort or inject the drug and many are poly-substance abusers who combine Ultram with alcohol or other substances to enhance the effects and ultimately, add to complications during withdrawal.
Ultram Withdrawal Symptoms
Ultram withdrawal symptom logy, severities, and duration will vary by individual and usage patterns. The medication impacts various neurotransmitter systems including binding to the mu opioid receptors in much the same way as other opioids, but, also inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. Detrimental effects on the central nervous system can cause unpredictable withdrawals that mimic both opioid withdrawals and atypically, those of other substances.
Some of the most problematic Ultram withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other abdominal distress
- Intense cravings
- Muscle spasms and overall body aches
- Unusual sensory experiences such as numbness and tingling in one or more extremities
- Panic attacks
- Extreme anxiety
Ultram Withdrawal Treatment
Although fewer people choose to use Ultram recreationally, at higher, more frequent, or longer durations, the harmful consequences including seizures, respiratory depression, cardiovascular failure, and the reaction known as serotonin syndrome can potentially, be fatal. Getting help before it’s too late is crucial.
Safety and comfort in detox with professional assistance and support to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings offers a more predictable likelihood that the person will remain engaged in ongoing recovery efforts. Detox alone, however, is insufficient in promoting any long term recovery without treatment to address the unique needs each individual may present as relative to their Ultram use and/or abuse.