Tuesday September 2nd 2014

Help for tramadol withdrawal

Tramadol withdrawal help

Tramadol is a pain killer that is part of the opiate family of drugs prescribed to change the way the body perceives pain or to treat addiction to other harder opiate drugs. However, people taking tramadol can become physically dependent on tramadol relatively quickly. In fact, withdrawal is likely to occur after you stop using tramadol after daily use over several weeks, resulting in withdrawal from tramadol symptoms.

So, how to quit taking tramadol and is tramadol withdrawal dangerous? What therapies can help treat tramadol withdrawal? Here, we explore what helps tramadol withdrawal and where you can go to find this help. Your questions about tramadol withdrawal are welcomed at the end of the article.

Is tramadol withdrawal dangerous?

Is tramadol withdrawal dangerous? This is a difficult question to answer. Withdrawal from tramadol may require medical supervision but is not typically life threatening. Tramadol can be tricky because it interacts in the body like an opiate-benzodiazepine hybrid. As a result, when you stop taking tramadol, several symptoms both typical and atypical of opiate withdrawal can occur. This can make it difficult to pinpoint and help treat tramadol withdrawal symptoms. However, tramadol is frequently prescribed by doctorsbecause it’s not a scheduled medication and is softer on the body compared with other types of opiates and benzodiazepines. This makes it a drug which is generally easier to withdrawal from. Be advised, however, that tramadol withdrawal can induce seizures.

Is tramadol withdrawal hard?

How hard or difficult it is to withdraw from tramadol depends on amount and frequency of use. In general, the longer you use tramadol or the higher doses you take of tramadol, the more difficult and severe the withdrawal symptoms. If you abuse tramadol to get high or have an extensive dependency on tramadol, for example…Yes, tramadol withdrawal can be hard. But you can care for the physical symptoms of tramadol withdrawal fairly easily. It’s the psychological symptoms that occur and the need to self-medicate which makes it hard to withdrawal from tramadol. As your body is experiencing discomfort and pain, your moods are also altered as your body tries to establish balance. Still, the best way to help yourself through tramadol withdrawal is to seek a tapering regimen from your prescribing doctor…and follow it over the course of 2-3 weeks.

Help for tramadol withdrawal symptoms

A handful of pharmacological medications and over-the-counter drugs may be able to help you treat tramadol withdrawal symptoms. Help for tramadol withdrawal symptoms includes:

1. Antidepressants – You may need a prescription temporarily for antidepressant to help if you are experiencing serotonin syndrome. However, this course of treatment for tramadol withdrawal is recommend only if the symptoms are extensive. If there are other ways you can help the depression seek these out first ,as antidepressants are medication that can induce physical dependency.

2. Supplements – Try food or mineral supplements and vitamins that help to stabilize moods.

3. Over-the-counter medications – Help for tramadol withdrawal symptoms can also include typical ibuprofen, acetaminophen or paracetamol to help with pain along with other NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You can also use temporary sleep aids and muscle relaxers that can help take care of the cramping caused by tramadol withdrawal. Flu and cold medication can also help treat general tramadol withdrawal symptoms.

Natural help for tramadol withdrawal

Natural help for tramadol withdrawal includes some common sense suggestions. Know that you are going to be uncomfortable during tramadol withdrawal and plan for it. Stay at home and get the rest and sleep that you need since withdrawal feels like the flu. You can use heating pads, which you can get at your local pharmacy to help ease the pain in your muscles. Get lots of fluids into your body to replenish and support your system. Eat foods that are easy to digest and aren’t spicy or going to upset your stomach. Foods that can help give you the energy and help support your body health are best. Switching between hot and cold can help with sweats and chills of the back and forth that occurs with withdrawal. Plus, your body has lost nutrients during tramadol use and through withdrawal. You can consult a nutritionist and take several supplements that help get you what you need in your body to help you establish homeostasis as you detox.

How to ease tramadol withdrawal?

The best way to ease tramadol is to taper tramadol use. By decreasing doses of tramadol over a period of 2-3 week, you allow your body time to compensate for having less tramadol in the system. When you finally arrive a 0mg of tramadol in your body, the withdrawal symptoms are much less severe and intense than if you simply stopped taking tramadol cold turkey. While tapering doses of tramadol may ease symptoms of withdrawal, it’s not for everyone. Consult with your prescribing doctor for medical supervision during tramadol withdrawal and to create a calendar for tapered doses.

Help with tramadol withdrawal

You don’t have to withdrawal on your own. There are people out there who are qualified to help you tramadol withdrawal. Who exactly?

1. Your prescribing doctor or a family doctor – Start with a doctor and check if they are available to help you figure out a course of action for tramadol withdrawal that would work for you.

2. A medical clinic for withdrawal – Detox centers have established protocol and procedures put in place to specifically help people withdrawing from tramadol. These clinics offer a safe environment during tramadol withdrawal so if anything goes wrong medically trained staff are there to help. A clinic also removes you from an environment which may make it difficult to address drug craving which comes with withdrawal.

3. Psychological support – There are also support groups and psychotherapy specialists out there who’ve been through withdrawal. Supports can help you figure out ways to ease withdrawal and to support your process in this endeavor.

4. A national database – If you are wanting to find tramadol withdrawal treatment or facilities that provide tramadol detox and work to help ease withdrawal symptoms, you can search findtreatment [dot] gov. This site has put thousands of people in contact with the help that they needs specifically for themselves.

Helping tramadol withdrawal questions

Do you still have questions about the different kinds of help available as you are withdrawing from tramadol? Do you have your own experience to share.? We would love to hear from you or answer any questions you may have regarding withdrawal help from tramadol. You are not alone!

Reference Sources: Daily Med: Tramadol
HHS: Flu Treatment 
FDA: Tramadol
NCBI: Serotonin Syndrome Associated With Tramadol

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6 Responses to “Help for tramadol withdrawal
Jake
3:31 pm February 27th, 2013

How is tramadol softer on the body? It is not. Withdrawl can often be worst from my experience. I have experienced nightmares that I have not experience from Vicodon. Many Drs. and Pharmacists think this a softer drug but I must argue the difference. Another non narcotic drug (darvon) was pulled off the market due to its adverse side effects. Please advise.

5:14 pm April 12th, 2013

Hi Jake. Tramadol has some elements of an opioid and some elements of a benzodiazepine and is thought to be less habit forming. However, once chemically dependency develops, it is difficult to break (as you can attest to). More FDA info on tramadol here:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/ucm186456.htm

Lela Reeves
1:01 am May 27th, 2013

Can you suggest a withdrawal regime for tramadol? I have never abused it and actually have been taking less than the prescribed dose but I am getting some side effects and want to stop it altogether
.I would prefer to do this without any additional prescription aids.
Thank you..

5:23 am May 28th, 2013

Hello Lela. You should be able to withdraw from tramadol without other prescription drugs. Here’s a suggested guide for opioids in general here:

http://health.utah.gov/prescription/pdf/guidelines/Strategies_tapering_weaning.pdf

However, I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor to review a fast vs. slow taper. And that you have the taper monitored so that you know what to do in the case of extreme discomfort.

Susan
3:44 pm August 11th, 2014

I was using vicodin for about 4 years and switched to tramadol because the vicodin was giving me insomnia. I liked the tramadol until about a month ago when I started having continous nausea. I decided to just stop it. That was 14 days ago. I took some percocet for pain during this time. Decided to stop all drugs seven days ago, pain was tolerable. So, for the past 7 days I have not slept. I pace my house or rock back and forth or lay in bed and thrash all over. The anxiety is horrifying, the feeling in my gut is awful. I still get horrible waves of doom. I started taking herbs, tryptophan, melatonin, skullcap. They don’t help much. Last night I tried unisom, I was so tired but my body would not stop buzzing. I took a 1/2 a percocet 325 and finally slept for 4 hours. My major complaint is no sleep. My question is: Is taking the percocet making my withdrawal last longer.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
12:54 pm August 12th, 2014

Hello Susan. Though Tramadol is not a true opioid, it does have some opioid-like properties. The reason for the occurance of withdrawal symptoms once you stop using tramadol is that it works at the mu opioid receptors. Percocet contains oxycodone, and oxycodone is an opioid, and works at the same receptors as tramadol. But, keep in mind that once off of the tramadol, you’ll probably need to withdraw from the percocet.

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