What is Tramadol?
Tramadol is a commonly prescribed medication most frequently used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Because it is habit forming and has a particularly high potential for misuse, Tramadol is typically only prescribed to be taken short-term, in the case of an invasive surgical procedure or after a serious injury. Tramadol typically comes in the form of a tablet which is taken orally. However, the medication can also be administered in liquid form, or as an intravenous injection — though Tramadol is only injected in a hospital setting. The opioid analgesic medication has several brand name variations, including Ultram, Ultram ER, Invodol, Larapam, Mabron, Maneo, Marol, Maxitram and Conzip, among others.
The medication begins to work within 30 minutes, binding with opioid receptors in the brain and interfering with pain signals. Because the half-life of the medication is fairly short, withdrawal symptoms set in quickly – within several hours after the final dose. If a person has been taking Tramadol for a prolonged period of time or if they have been taking the medication in higher doses than recommended, they will develop a tolerance. Once a tolerance builds, symptoms of withdrawal will develop once use is stopped abruptly. Immersion Recovery Center today to learn more.
Tramadol Addiction Facts & Statistics
Rates of Tramadol misuse throughout the U.S. have been on the rise, mostly due to high prescription rates. According to one study which collected data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health between the years 2002 and 2017, roughly 4 percent of all Americans who had been prescribed the medication for a legitimate medical condition went on to develop a Tramadol use disorder. The study reads, “Starting in 2015, NSDUH collected data on reported past-year misuse among individuals reporting past-year use of oral tramadol, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. An estimated 1.6 to 1.8 million Americans reported any (alone or in combination) past-year misuse of oral tramadol, versus 0.5 to 0.7 million for morphine, 3.8 to 4.3 million for oxycodone, 6.2 to 7.1 million for hydrocodone during the 3-year period.”
While rates of Tramadol misuse are lower than rates of oxycodone and hydrocodone misuse, opioid misuse and dependence as a whole still affects millions of Americans on an annual basis. If you or someone you love has been misusing Tramadol or any other prescription painkiller, Immersion Recovery Center is available to help. today for more information.