Tramadol: The Drug Claiming More Lives Than Any Painkiller Should

Hearing the word addiction, a lot of people usually think of things such as marijuana, heroine, cocaine, heroine, alcohol and so on. If speaking in lighter terms they may think of chocolate, certain series or movies, shopping or scrolling social media, etc.

Addiction is often defined as the compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance. There is a growing number problem in the USA which is bigger than a lot of people may think – it is a substance abuse and painkiller addiction. Such addictions can be responsible for an alarming number of deaths, which include Tramadol or Ultram, which is a pain relieved which is similar to morphine and is extremely addictive.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, two years ago, in 2016, there were over 2 million Americans ages 12 and older who had a substance abuse disorder which involved some painkiller medications too.

Even though not all deaths caused by drugs are tracked carefully, last year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has posted a graphic in order to emphasize the rising problem of deaths which is caused by overdose in the past 17 years.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or CDC, Tramadol specifically is grouped with Fentanyl in the “Synthetic Opioids other than Methadone” category.


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Talking particularly about Tramadol, together with Fentanyl, and the case of opioid/painkiller addiction, as well as death, the graphic from the CDC also dictates how those numbers arose in 2013 and how they have only continued rising.


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Such statistics should be a wake up call to doctors, as well as patients alike. Even though pain relievers are an essential part of the treatment for some patients, they should never be over prescribed or given to anyone without any careful consideration.

• What is Tramadol and why it can be dangerous?

Tramadol is a powerful synthetic pain reliever which falls under the category of opioids and narcotics too.

Usually, it is utilized for treating moderate to severe pain. Usually, it is given to adults with severe, around-the-clock chronic pain as it can be administered in extended-release tablets. It actually works by binding to receptors in the brain which have the responsibility for alerting our body of pain.

• Some of the side effects that appear as a result of Tramadol use are:
• Nausea;
• Bloating;
• Blood in urine;
• Chills;
• Increased blood pressure;
• Fainting;
• Increased heart rate;
• Memory loss.

One former Northern Ireland State Pathologist, as well as leading expert in forensic medicine, Professor Jack Crane, believes that Tramadol should be reclassified as a drug class A. This will actually put the pain relieved together with heroin and cocaine in how dangerous it is with potential for addiction and some other side effects.

He stated that people seem to assume that Tramadol is safe as it is prescribed by doctors, but according to him, it is just as dangerous as heroin and it should be reclassified as a drug class A.

He also prompted to publicly speak on this problem of Tramadol last year, after a few tragic Tramadol-related deaths which happened in his country of Ireland. It is actually estimated that last year, more people in the Northern Ireland were killed by opiate-based drug use than were killed in car accidents.

However, this problem is now just in Ireland. In the USA for example, drug overdose deaths caused by synthetic opiodis including Tramadol, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogs doubled between 2015 and 2016 from 3.1 to 6.2 per 100,000 people.

• Why is this pain reliever addictive?

Despite that it provides some effective pain relief, Tramadol will also create some feelings like:

• Euphoria;
• Numbness;
• Relaxation;
• Calm;
• Detachment from one’s body.

The dual-acting benefits of the pain reliever are because of its ability to increase availability of two neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain which are called neropinephrine and serotonin. Such chemicals were found to improve concentration, the quality of sleep, as well as relieving symptoms of depression and some other mood disorders.

When mixed with alcohol, Tramadol can cause a lethal comatose state. Such mixing will also enhance the effects of the drug and importantly increase the risk of dangerous side effects, which include breathing problems, decreased blood pressure and heart rate, organ damage, as well as death.

• Which are the side effects of the Tramadol overdose?

These are some of the symptoms a person can experience if they take more Tramadol than prescribed:

• Difficulties in breathing;
• Blacking out;
• Reduced muscle tone’
• Severe fatigue;
• Irregular heartbeat;
• Suicidal thoughts.

• What is the safe amount of Tramadol?

Usually, doctors recommend taking 50 to 100 mg on every 6 hours. A person should never increase his or her dose without consulting his or her doctor first. Even though this does is considered safe for most adults, for those that are likely to experience some addictive feelings or behavior, it is possible that no dose is safe for them.

Tramadol is NOT RECOMMENDED for pregnant or nursing women because it can cause some life-threatening side effects or withdrawal symptoms in newborns.

Source: healthy-holistic-living

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