Can you get high on Ultram?

Sort of. Some people can get high on Ultram. Others take large doses of Ultram to get high. More about Ultram and euphoria here.

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Q: Does Ultram get you high (main ingredient tramadol)?

A: It depends on the person who’s taking it. Less than 1% of users reported getting high after taking Ultram.

However, the vast majority of people won’t experience any euphoric effects, especially at normal doses. Instead, the opioid drug is much likelier to cause some other common effects, such as:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • headache

Despite this, is Ultram addictive? It is a technically addictive drug and can trigger both physical dependence and drug-seeking behavior, with or without the associated high. More below on Ultram ingredients and the tramadol high feeling in the text below. Then, we invite you to ask your questions about getting high on Ultram at the end.

What’s In Ultram?

Ultram is the brand name of the generic drug “tramadol“, which is also opioid medication used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Because of it’s analgesic properties, Utram may be prescribed after surgery or for chronic conditions like cancer pain. For these reasons, it’s also available in an extended release formula and can offer around-the-clock pain relief to people who experience chronic pain.

Ultram And Euphoria

Ultram can create a euphoric high, but is fairly rare and occurs in less than 1% of the population who take the medication. The effect may be slightly more likely at higher doses. More common side effects of Ultram, occurring in up to 90% of the population, include:

  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • sweating
  • vomiting

However this is not the complete list of negative side effects possible when taking Ultraim. If you experience any additional side effects, you can always report them to the Food & Drug Administration(FDA) at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Ultram And Central Nervous System Effects

How does Ultram (tramadol) work in the brain and central nervous syste? Tramadol enters the central nervous system and binds to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. This relieves pain by blocking out the body’s natural response to pain.

Because Ultram works as a central nervous system depressant, it can cause drowsiness and dizziness, as well as more serious side effects. If you experience any serious side effects you will need medical help because of the possibility of an overdose. More serious side effects caused by Ultram that require medical attention include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • extreme drowsiness
  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • unconsciousness

Mixing Ultram With Other Substances

There is a possibility of dangerous interactions between Ultram and other prescription medications. AVOID mixing Ultram with the following types of medications:

  • antifungals
  • heart medications
  • sedatives other other CNS depressants
  • SSRIs
  • MOAIs

You should pay special attention to medications or drugs that depress the central nervous system because they may increase the likelihood of adverse effects when using Ultram. While you are on Ultram you SHOULD NOT drink alcohol according to safety guidelines outlined by your doctor. If you want to know more about Ultram interaction with other substances you can visit the University of Maryland’s Drug Interaction Tool.

Getting High On Ultram

There are three main ways that people try to get high on Ultram release tablets:

  1. Snorting Ultram
  2. Smoking Ultram
  3. Crushing the pills, then injecting the powder

Drug users resort to these extremes because it is so hard to get high from this medication. However, people who do this expose themselves to the danger of experiencing serious side effects and in some cases even death. Snorting Ultram, smoking Ultram, or shooting Ultram is especially dangerous when taking an entire extended release capsule at once.

Q: Will tramadol show up in drug test?
A: Yes, but not as an opiate in a standard DOT 5 panel drug screen. Tramadol will show up on specific blood tests ordered for tramadol detection.

Risks Of Ultram Addiction

Although most people can’t get high off of Ultram, it is possible to become addicted to the tramadol contained in Ultram. In fact, taking Ultram for long periods of time or in large amounts can create a physical dependence. Once you’re physically dependent on Ultram, you can’t stop taking the medication abruptly – the withdrawal effects can be serious, including seizures.

If your wonder whether you or someone close to you has developed addiction, check out the following behaviors which might indicate an addiction problem with Ultram:

  • Cravings when not using the Ultram
  • Doctor shopping and drug seeking behavior
  • Failing to perform everyday activities and obligations
  • Inability to control Ultram use
  • Neglecting friends and family in order to use or obtain drugs
  • Taking Ultram repeatedly despite of the harm it causes, physically or psychologically
  • Tolerance to Ultram which means your body will require more and more of this medication to achieve the same effects
  • Using Ultram for nonmedical purposes


Help For Ultram Abuse

If you’re addicted to Ultram, there is help! If you’re having troubling side effects or want to stop taking the medication, talk to your doctor about a schedule to gradually wean yourself from Ultram safely. And always detox from medications which contain tramadol under medical supervision. This can help minimize risk of complications and provide medical help when needed.

Getting High On Ultram Questions

Do you still have unanswered questions about getting high on Ultram? Please leave us your questions and comments about using Ultram here. We will be happy to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: PubMed Health: Tramadol
DailyMed: Ultram ER

FDA: Important Drug Warning for Ultram
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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