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Detox from tramadol

Tramadol detox treatment

Has your body developed tramadol dependency so that you can’t seem to quit taking it? Do you think you may be addicted to tramadol?  If the answer is, “YES!” to either of these questions, then you may want to consider detoxing from tramadol. At this point, tramadol may no longer be helping you.

During detox, the body begins to withdraw from tramadol and gets rid of poisonous and harmful substances.  Generally, how long tramadol withdrawal lasts depends on frequency and amount of use.  But what is the safest way to detox from tramadol? What can you expect to happen during tramadol detox and can you detox from tramadol at home? We review here.

Detox from tramadol symptoms

If you are taking tramadol every day, you will become dependent on tramadol within a few weeks. Over time, the central nervous system needs tramadol to function normally (even if your body is slowly being damaged in the process). Detox is a means to help your body regain normalcy and return to chemical balance. And detox from tramadol symptoms are the body’s way of communicating that your brain and nervous system are seeking homeostasis.

Detox from tramadol symptoms can be tricky. There are several recorded symptoms associated with tramadol detox, some which are typical of opioid withdrawal and other symptoms which are atypical. For example, seizures are possible during tramadol detox. This variation in symptoms can make treating tramadol detox more difficult. In fact, you can expect the appearance of any of the following symptoms during detox from tramadol.

  • agitation
  • chills
  • convulsions
  • dizziness
  • muscle pain
  • nervousness
  • panic attach
  • seizures
  • sleep disturbances
  • sweats

Most of these symptoms will be addressed with the help of a detox clinician or medical professional as you withdraw from tramadol. As they arise, these symptoms will be treated with medications and supported medically. This is why doctors recommend that anyone detoxing from tramadol seek MEDICAL SUPERVISION during the withdrawal period.

Detoxing from tramadol time

The time it takes to detox from tramadol depends on which type of detox process you choose.

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1. Rapid detox/medically managed tramadol detox is an intense detox where medications flush opiate receptors. This is done under anesthesia for a few hours. A 24 hours process allows you to be monitored and taken care of and will help with a less severe dependency or addition.

2. Tramadol detox clinics usually recommend an inpatient stay of at least 48 hours to make sure that tramadol is no longer in the body. While this is a longer process, a tramadol clinic can benefit people who still have certain levels of tramadol in the body and need to address withdrawal symptoms that arise in a clinical setting.

3. Detox from tramadol at home can last several weeks, especially if you taper down doses of tramadol over time. However, acute tramadol detox usually peaks and evens out about a week after your last tramadol dose.

Detox from tramadol at home

Can you detox safely from tramadol at home?  Candidates for tramadol home detox include people who are physically (and not psychologically) dependent on tramadol, who are highly motivated, and who have an excellent bill of health. While tramadol detox can present atypical and uncomfortable symptoms, it is possible to detox from tramadol at home…as long as you are prepared and are under medical supervision.

Talk to your doctor or another medical professional before you go through tramadol detox at home. And keep in mind that the safest way to detox from tramadol is in a detox clinic under 24-hour medical supervision. You may need the help of other medications to treat problematic symptoms, especially if you are at risk of seizures.

Also, keep in mind that detox from tramadol at home may take a longer time than in a clinical setting and can be more uncomfortable and painful if you choose not to use any prescribed medications. Many times, however, a prescribing doctor can provide you with short term SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) to help treat anxiety and depression after you have flushed tramadol out your body. Make sure that you are supporting your body and getting the proper nutrients and fluids to help flush out tramadol. Detoxing at home is not for everyone and may be best for those who are highly motivated and have a strong social support network. If at any time detox at home becomes too difficult, you can seek help from a medical facility.

Tramadol detox clinics

Tramadol detox clinics are ideal settings for people physically and psychologically dependent on tramadol. In addition to medical support, staff at detox clinics offer emotional support and encouragement. This accountability helps prevent drug relapse, especially when addiction treatment follows. There are two main ways that tramadol detox clinics work to help people dependent on tramadol. Clinicians treat tramadol detox in one of the following ways:

1. Medically managed tramadol detox – This is an inpatient procedure where you are treated for acute symptoms related to tramadol withdrawal. This type of detox can include rapid opiate detox where medications like Naloxone are administered and your body flushed of tramadol.

2. Medically supervised inpatient withdrawal – Here, you are still in a facility and clinic but instead of the detox being fully managed, detox is monitored. A nurse will check in on you every few hours to administer fluids and give you the proper medications. This can be done over either a 24 hour or 48 hour observation time.

It is important that after discharge from a detox clinic that you have a plan for how to avoid drug relapse. Now that you have rid the body of poison, it is important to replace a drug habit with something else and maintain abstinence from tramadol. Detox only takes care of the physical aspects of possible addiction. Psychotherapists, psychiatrists and addiction counselors can help you address the psychological side of tramadol abuse.

Detox tramadol questions

Do you still have questions about tramadol detox? What to know more about tramadol detox and what to expect? Have experience with detoxing from tramadol? If so please ask any questions or share any experience you may have with detox. We would love to hear from you. And we will answer questions you may have personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: OASAS: Detoxification
SAMHSA Quick Guide for Clinicians Based on TIP 45
NCBI: Opioid Dependence

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17 Responses to “Detox from tramadol
Chris G.
8:26 pm January 19th, 2013

I am a veteran opiate user and have suffered the worst of the worst detoxes including fentanyl, methadone and H/Oxy so I do not see how people can be worried about this.

Tramadol isn’t even an opiate I can’t even see it having withdrawal symptoms and if it does they are very mild.

9:52 am January 20th, 2013

Hi Chris. There are many different users of tramadol from many different spectrums of opioid or opiate exposure. Often, those who experience tramadol withdrawal are opiate naive, and non-heavy users. But tramadol withdrawal DOES occur and is a medical phenomenon.

11:48 pm January 22nd, 2013

Another symptom is very bizarre and or surreal dreams or nightmares.

9:53 am January 28th, 2013

Thanks for this, Jake. Tramadol can manifest atypical opioid withdrawal symptoms, vivid and bizarre dreaming included.

Juan Ortiz
3:01 am March 13th, 2014

I started taking tramadol about week and a half ago. I have in the past been addicted to hydrocodone. I am taking two a day, but I can see how I am tempted to take more. Can I stop now and not go through major withdrawal? I don’t want to go back to that life style and I’m somewhat nervous after reading some of the comments others have made pertaining withdrawals. Please help me with some wisdom. Thank you very much.

8:46 am March 20th, 2014

I was run over 28-Sep-2012, broke neck, jaw, rib and arm. Dislocated r. Wrist and l. Elbow. Multiple plates and surgeries. Been a long recovery. Not pain free by any means, but two more possible future surgeries for spinal decompression and r. Wrist pin. Been self tapering of tramadol for two weeks, two days no meds other than Advil. 8/10 symptoms but determined. Good luck to anyone trying this on your own, keeping fingers cross it will get better soon! 1:44am and no chance of sleep tonight.

william, ph.d.
1:11 am June 24th, 2014

Tramadol itsefl inhibits the reuptake of serotonin (i.e. is also an SSRI), so if you are using two SSRI’s you run a very high risk of Seratonin Syndrome, which can cause seizures and be life-threatening.

6:13 pm August 15th, 2014

Thanks for the info. I have been on tramadol for months and I am totally addicted to it. trying cold turkey at home. it has been hell for 3 days, hope i am done soon. I was suicidal and ready to go. But I am still fighting. I wonder what I will be able to take for my kidney pain once this is done. Seems like I leave one pain for another.

3:38 pm January 9th, 2015

I have been taking tramadol for over 5 years,14 or so a day and started tapering off myself because I knew they wouldn’t be available on line anymore,but there’s always someone selling them,but today makes 2 days off of them,cold,sneezeing and like I have a cold/flu.restless legs are terrible and the feeling like I cant stay still,anyways I’m getting off those evil pills and what helps with my restless legs is taking requip,had some from long ago and what a godsend,they allow me to sleep at night. I pray this goes away very soon,because I dont like myself. thanks

5:22 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi John. Tramadol withdrawal can cause symptoms which are atypical for opioids…I’d suggest that you check in with your doctor to monitor the symptoms; you certainly don’t want to experience seizures!

2:10 am April 18th, 2015

My husband has been on ultram for over 17 years he has had over 9 surgries and this was to help him not take and get addicted to narcotics. Well this is extremly addictive and was actually just reclassified. He had another seizures last night this one worse than others, and took way longer for him to comeback to normal. If youve only taken this for a short time…please quit. I almost lost him last night again, Im looking here for detox and treatment choices. But trust me it only gets worse and harder…

Rich L.
5:56 pm April 26th, 2015

I don’t take much tramadol in comparison to other users, but when I try to quit, it still feels HORRIBLE. I did try weaning off but the symptoms were so bad, flu-like, that I would desperately reuse to get relief. I believe that quitting CT is the only way that is going to work. Aside from staying hydrated, is there anything I can do to eleviate the symptoms. I have been taking 100mg twice daily for several months. Any advice would be great.

12:38 am April 5th, 2016

I plan to detox from tramadol at home. I take one pill a day(50mg). I’ve already gone from two pills to one. I didn’t seem to have much trouble. Do you think I’ll have much trouble in getting rid of it all?

3:32 am February 26th, 2017

I realize I’m replying to an old message by Chris G but it needs to be said over and over: tramadol is an atypical opioid that has withdrawal symptoms that go beyond what is experienced during withdrawal from opiates and other opioids.

It’s hell. Believe me I know.

7:35 pm December 7th, 2017

I have taken tramadol for about one month and slowly tapered down to two 50m a day. I haven’t taken any in 48hrs and still have no withdrawal symptoms….am I in the clear? Or do they show up later?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:13 pm December 13th, 2017

Hi Jack. They may show up later. Just in case, download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Withdrawal’ to learn more: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/

3:02 pm February 9th, 2018

I’ve been taking tramcet 5 times a day for 3 months and cut down to taking 3 for 2 days and I’ve stopped now completely taking them for 48 hours,yesterday and last night was extremely tough I had the sweats chills and aches I drank valerian tea and took 5mg of valium which didn’t help my sleep, but today I am not too bad now but still feel agitated and aches in my legs and I get a few brain zaps, will this last much longer cos I feel like I’m going to crack and are the brain zaps dangerous, I was thinking about heading to the gym and sweat it all out of me but is it too early to start to exercise or what am doing wrong please help

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