What is Tramadol?
Tramadol (also known as Ultram or ultracet) is a type of medication that is called an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way the body senses pain in the central nervous system. It is classified as a central nervous system depressant and an analgesic. The active chemical in the drug is tramadol hydrochloride, which can sometimes be combine with acetaminophen and is generally administered in tablet form. When prescribed by doctors in the U.S. for medical reasons, Tramadol tablets can be taken in 37.5, 50, 70 and 100 mg doses and is legal. Giving Tramadol to someone without a prescription is illegal in the U.S.
What is Tramadol Used For?
Tramadol is a synthetic (man-made) opioid, which is used principally to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Tramadol can be prescribed for a number of painful conditions, including:
- acid reflux
- back pain
- nerve disorders
- restless leg syndrome
- spinal stenosis
Tramadol is also currently being tested for use in personality disorders such as OCD (obssessive-compulsive disorder) and even premature ejaculation.
Non medical uses of Tramadol
Tramadol hydrochloride is attractive to drug abusers and people with addiction disorders for its pain relieving and mood altering effects. People abuse Tramadol and use the drug non-medically to produce:
- altered emotional state
- feelings of euphoria
- physical sedation
Can I get addicted to Tramadol?
Yes, you can become addicted to Tramadol. Addiction to Tramadol occurs when you begin to crave the drug, cannot stop taking it, take it for non-medical purposes, and/or continued to take Tramadol despite negative consequences.
Tramadol abuse and Tramadol addiction are separate and distinct from physical dependence and tolerance to the drug. The drug necessarily creates physical dependence, but not addiction. In fact, dependence on Tramadol can occur after three months of use at 400 mg per day.
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