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What is Tramadol used for?

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
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches
  • nerve disorders
  • osteoarthritis
  • 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.

Are you scared that you might be addicted to Tramadol? Click here to take a self-survey for prescription drug addiction. Then, present the results to your family doctor and/or seek help from an addiction treatment center or counselor.

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8 Responses to “What is Tramadol used for?
Premature Cure
8:30 am October 19th, 2010

Premature Ejaculation is not a subject many men like to talk about openly. They laugh about it in groups or kid each other but they don’t really discuss it. Thanks for the post and talking about how Tramadol can help men with PE.

3:51 pm October 19th, 2010

Tramadol has been found to increase intra-v@gna1 ej@cu1at0ry latency time from less than 2 minutes to over 7 minutes. (Drug Des Devel Ther. 2010; 4: 1–6.) Men interested in participating in clinical trials using Tramadol for premature ej@cu1ati0n can go here: http://clinicaltrials.gov and search for keywords “tramadol” and “premature ej@cu1ati0n”.

Dfr
7:20 am June 14th, 2012

Just took my first pill 4hrs ago very little help how long can I exspect to ge relef

1:27 am June 20th, 2012

Hi Dfr. It’s possible that tramadol is not an effective pain medication for you. I’d suggest that you report the lack of pain relief to your doctor and request an alternative medication.

Lisa
2:49 am July 22nd, 2016

I was prescribed to take tramadol 50mg twice a day but my back is hurting so bad I am in a lot of pain will it hurt me to take one more?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:52 pm July 28th, 2016

Hi Lisa. I suggest you talk with your doctor before changing your Tramadol dose.

Barry
9:46 pm June 28th, 2017

When taken in the day time i am ok but if taken at night i have a problem.in your words i get an high.in my words my mind starts to race and as i suffer with PTSD it brings back the memories i do not want and then i can not sleep

Jennie
1:06 am August 20th, 2017

I have taken tramdol for a good 15 years, I started with it 2005 for really bad back neck and hand issues, 2009 I finally had C5C6 with a fusion, 10 Docters said one thing or another, I went to a Norolagist that was a surgeon, We did MRI again and bingo with in 6 weeks I was pain free just had a full hard neck brace on 24/7 for 6 weeks, I did do water Therapy when brace came off, It helped with the whole body, frozenbody effects, By 2012 my left thumb and right elbow had started to be bone on bone Osteoarthritis, That thumb pain was 10 z worse then given birth to 3 boys, you don’t realize how much u need your thumb, And i compensated to much the right elbow would flair up, only have had shuts in them, Because I started to have female issues that I dealt with for two years, Before I had no choice to have my Utris removed, A month after my surgery 4/17 I started to have this ungodly pain in my left upper leg, At first I thought mayb it was cramping from not having any iron, But then it just got worse from my butt down to my toes, when it got ro my lower leg bone The pain was like I could jump off a bridge and just say fuck it, long store short after ezrays MRIz, I have L3l4l5 that have deteareatded, along with bone speers coming out of my theratic, I am 52 years old, The thought of having back surgery that most likely will someday anyway put me in a wheelchair, But the I really can’t walk far now or stand in place, I am working 20 hrs a week, But broke, so I feel life sucks right now, just don’t ever listen to one docter keep seeing very one till u feel satified,
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