Tramadol is a Schedule IV drug approved to treat moderate to severe pain. It is an opioid considered as effective as Morphine for treating moderate pain. Like all opioids, the human body builds tolerance to the drug and should not be used for long-term pain management. It is recommended only to be used for a maximum of two weeks.
Dosage of Tramadol to Avoid Dependency and Need of Detox
Tramadol binds to opioid receptors to block out pain. It also stops the receiving of the neurotransmitter serotonin and norepinephrine. Long-term rejection of these neurotransmitters can have serious side effects including anxiety, depression, and aggression.
Tramadol relieves pain within one hour of use. The peak of pain relief comes at three hours, and the dose is recommended to last for six. Doctors recommend starting with a low dose of 25 mg per day. If pain does not subside, the dose may be increased up to 400 gm per day. As Tramadol is a synthetic form of Codeine with the effectiveness of Morphine, doctors recommend only one to two weeks use.
Brand Names of Tramadol
- Ultram ER
- Enova RX
- Syrapryn FusePaq
Use of Tramadol in its various forms should not exceed these indications to prevent dependency and a need for detox.
Potential Side Effects of Tramadol Use
Common side effects of Tramadol include dry mouth, indigestion, constipation, itchiness, and nausea. There is potential for serious side effects such as seizures, serotonin syndrome, addiction, numbness, tingling, parathesia, tinnitus, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and panic attacks. Those suffering with suicidal thoughts should not use Tramadol.
Many of the serious side effects are noticed upon withdrawal after prolonged use or high dosage. Unlike many other opioids, withdrawal from Tramadol lasts longer. Acute symptoms may last seven or more days upon starting Tramadol detox.
Children, Elderly, and Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women Should Not Use Tramadol
While Tramadol is not approved for use with children, it was used after surgery to treat pain. The FDA opened an investigation of Tramadol’s safety when children who received Tramadol after surgery had slowed or difficult breathing.
Tramadol is not recommended for the elderly as trouble breathing, sedation, cognitive impairment, and falling are reported.
Use of Tramadol while pregnant increases risk of miscarriage. There are no conclusive studies on how the drug affects the development of an unborn baby. But newborn babies have shown signs of Tramadol detox. It is shown the drug enters breast milk at a rate of 2.88% of the amount taken by the mother.
Tramadol Dependency and When to Detox
Withdrawal symptoms are an indication of dependency. Signs of withdrawal from Tramadol occur within 12-24 hours of the last dose. Sweating, tremors, nausea, and seizures may occur. Withdrawal is more common in patients who have used the drug for longer than two weeks or take doses higher than the maximum dose of 400 mg per day.
If you are experiencing Tramadol detox symptoms get help immediately. The symptoms last longer than other opioids and can be severe. Contact Northlake Recovery at (561)-770-6616 to speak with an addiction specialist now.