Snorting Tramadol

Is snorting Tramadol effective? How is snorting different than taking Tramadol orally? Do you get high snorting Tramadol? More Q & A about snorting Tramadol, plus info on dangers and effects here.

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Thinking about snorting Tramadol? Know what to expect.

Here, we review what happens in the body while snorting Tramadol, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting Tramadol.  Does Tramadol show up as an opiate on drug tests?  No.  But it can be detected using specific blood test, especially if your employer, school, or the authorities suspect you are getting high off Tramadol.  Your questions about snorting Tramadol are welcomed at the end of this article. We will try to answer all legitimate questions about Tramadol use with a personal reply ASAP.

Tramadol: What are you really snorting?

Tramadol is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Does Tramadol have opiates?  No.  It is totally synthetic.  Tramadol is the active ingredient, but inactive ingredients may include ethylcellulose, dibutylsebacate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, sodium stearylfumarate, colloidal silicon dioxide, and polyvinyl alcohol. So, when you snort Tramadol, you snort both the active and the inactive ingredients of this pain medication.

How does snorting Tramadol affect the body?

Tramadol affects the central nervous system, acting on the brain and nerves. Tramadol works as it binds to the opioid receptors of the brain, dulling the sensation of pain throughout the body. But Tramadol can also cause a host of minor side effects, ranging from drowsiness, to digestive problems, to agitation. Snorting Tramadol affects the central nervous system and can result in any of these side effects.

Snorting Tramadol to get high

Snorting Tramadol can lead to almost instant euphoria, or the feeling of being high. Snorting any drug increases the intesity of the effect of the drug. But snorting Tramadol also leads to large doses of Tramadol in the bloodstream. This quick and immediate addition of Tramadol to the body exposes you to much higher than normal doses than those you would absorb through the recommended oral route. Snorting drugs also raises the risk of adverse side effects. Some of these side effects which are particular to Tramadol, like the risk of seizures, can land you in the hospital.

Snorting Tramadol vs oral

While Tramadol can be snorted, doctors warn against this use of the medication. Oral preparations are safer and less likely to cause complications. Snorting Tramadol causes a quicker onset of effects, resulting in quicker pain relief. But it’s better to wait for the drug to take effect than to experience seizures or overdose.

Snorting Tramadol side effects

Taking Tramadol normally as prescribed can cause sleepiness, weakness, and symptoms which can even be frightening, such as uncontrollable shaking – but these side effects aren’t dangerous. Severe side effects are rarer, and occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed, such as higher or more frequent dosing. Snorting or injecting Tramadol can also trigger unwanted side effects The possible serious side effects of snorting Tramadol include:

  • coma
  • difficulty breathing
  • hallucinations
  • heart attack
  • seizures

Snorting Tramadol dangers

The side effects of snorting Tramadol are very serious. But you may not expect some of the other dangers associated with snorting drugs. These include:

1. Accidents – Snorting Tramadol puts you at increased risk of accidents due to the drowsiness it can cause. If you snort a drug and then drive, or operate machinery, you have significant increased risk of accidents.

2. Drug addiction – Snorting Tramadol definitely increases the risk that you become addicted to this habit-forming medication.

3. Illness or disease – Snorted Tramadol can also harm your nasal passages. Plus, if you are sharing snorting tools such as straws or rolled papers you could spread diseases such as Hepatitis or cold/flu virus.

4. Overdose – The risks of heart attack, seizure, and coma are very serious and should be considered if you’re thinking about snorting Tramadol.

Snorting Tramadol safely

Because of the seriousness of adverse effects, it’s not safe to snort Tramadol. But just so that you know, the FDA recommends no more than 400 mg of the medication per day, split into 50-100 mg doses every 4-6 hours. Higher doses run the risk of overdose or seizures. Elderly patients and those suffering from cirrhosis will probably be given lower doses by their doctors because they are at an increased risk of side effects.

Snorting Tramadol questions

Are you considering snorting Tramadol? Do you still have questions about snorting Tramadol or any other drug? If so, please let us know. We attempt to respond to all Tramadol questions with a personal and prompt reply and will do our best to provide you with qualified answers.

Reference Sources: DailyMed: Tramadol Hydrochloride tablet
PubMed: Seizures associated with intoxication and abuse of tramadol

FDA: Ultram ER Label
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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  1. Hey,
    The above blog about Tramadol is very helpful for treatment of severe pain. The way you represent the uses, side effects and symptoms are really very useful in medication point of view.
    Thanks for such a informative information which clarified all about Tramadol.

  2. I’m taking tramadol for severe pain after undergoing surgery. Just yesterday I noticed that I couldn’t feel the effects as well anymore (I’ve been taking 50mg twice a day for about a week) and so decided to wait it out a bit and then try again (My tolerance against cannabis peaks really quick and I’m guessing that’s what’s happening here) Although I probably won’t snort it, I don’t trust my impulsive, crying-on-the-floor-desperate-for-relief-self (not gonna pretend to be a saint- I do wanna feel the) and want to be as safe as possible. Should i take the same dosage (100 mg/day) as prescribed to me? Also, I’ve never snorted before. What should I look out for?

  3. I’ve been taking Tramadol for the last decade to deal with arthritis. I cannot take NSAIDs and Tylenol does not touch the pain. Tramadol a useful drug but it is NOT a drug one should take for fun. . The side effects, such as difficulty with urination and sleeplessness, can be severe. I do my best to take as little as possible and generally limit my use to less than 300mg daily. If you want to get high….there are better and safer drugs out there.

  4. @ JAY, f*ck no! Snorting 1 50mg would be a waste… I’m an addict and now I can’t even take hydro 10’s or perc 10’s and feel that, I always seek out the blue oxy 30’s because thts about the only thing that does it for me, next to H and I don’t wanna get into that. Snorting a 30 feels wonderful the first couple of times you do it, then later you might experiment with IV’ing them… don’t go there!

  5. I can handle up to 1000mg a day if I want to have a buzz, but I dont recomend snorting it, if you going to go ahead with it anyway make sure you havent taken a few oraly aswell, since Tramadol retard tablets are designed to give you small dosages over time you could easily overdose since the effect is not instant.
    I might add that I have severe pain issues and I have been on tramadol for a long time so the effects are for sure different for me then some one who never has taken them.

  6. Hi, I don’t know what to do. I take about 16 capsules a day, all at once and can’t seem to stop, is there anyone that can help recommend something?

    1. Hi Jo. I suggest that you speak with your doctor. Also, you may call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

  7. I aint never doin this again …the hallucination is crazy as hell and the headach aint worth it i threw up everytime i ate or drunk water …i read this before i tried it and still wanted to try it but wjoever does it will see what i mean its not a good feeling i had my eyes closed trying to go to sleep next thing i reilize im laying on the bathroom floor up stairs w a bud light im on 16 ..hell nah im sticking to weed bruh ..forget this shii

  8. Previous spinal neck surgery some 9 years ago, has since become less effective over time because of age and post surgical deterioration with C-3,4 vertebrae and C5,6. Encroaching on nerve endings by the vertebrae is causing moderate to severe pain as diagnosed from an MRI.
    Given Tram 50 for pain, which is only barely noticeable for relief, can I snort a small amount for faster immediate relief and orally take the remainder for ongoing relief? How little to snort out of a 50mg pill?

    1. Hi Joe. I suggest that you speak with your doctor about Tramadol dosage. And please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

    1. Hi Jay. Please consider that it is illegal to consume medications other than prescribed, and you put yourself at risk.

  9. I have just purchased 60 x 50mg Tramadol, 56 x7.5mg Zopiclone, and 56 x 10mg Diazapam
    What’s a safe dose and a good mixture of all three?
    Stay on a chilled out blend and be happy. Shouldn’t forget booze either……


  10. We found out today that my grandpa has been snorting tramadol while getting drunk and smoking weed. What he don’t know is if snorting tramadol while also drinking alcohol and smoking weed can cause a persons face to twitch. I know it can cause seizures, so I’m concerned that the twitching could somehow be related to seizures. Please get back to me ASAP.

    1. Hi Emily. It’s best to take him to the doctor and have him examined. Effects are riskier in the elderly.

  11. Hi Sharon. I’d suggest that you consult with a 3rd partydiagnostic lab; tramadol drug testing is rather specific and might require a urine sample. Then, your husband will need to be supervised as he gives his specimen. Of course, you’ll have to have his permission first. And it might help to seek the help of a family counselor to work through this issue together.

  12. I’m not sure if you can answer my question since my husband does not snort this drug, at least to my knowledge. I’m desperate for answers so I’ll ask anyway. My husband steals Tramadol from me (I have Multiple Sclerosis and it is quite severe) and takes several 50mg pills at once, along with Gabapentin – which he also takes from me without my consent. I can always tell because he becomes almost hyperactive/euphoric. This last time, he said he needed something to give him a “buzz” because he needed to get some things done and was tired of feeling bad. He has Bipolar Disorder and takes some of his medicine for this, but never the ones that bring him down. He lies to his doctor when he does follow up for appointments. Is there a way to have him drug tested so I can prove he is stealing my medicine and get him the help he needs? I am so frustrated, not to mention in pain because I never have enough medicine to last until the next refill.

  13. what is more dangerous, snorting tramadol, or smoking cannabis?
    because i like smoking cannabis and it has little to no bad side effects for ME..
    but if i run out i use tramadol, insuffluated…
    any thoughts?

  14. Hi Shane. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for a quick assessment of your condition and medical recommendations for what to do next.

  15. i snorted trimodal 50mg
    im on pills bad dont no what to do can yall talk to me on face book olny way i can talk forgot my pass word to yahoo massger

  16. I am just wondering if 1 or 2 lines is dangerous. I have very few tramadol left and am trying to make them last seeing as how I get no refills. I am in no way concerned about becoming addicted, I am too stubborn to. Once my back surgery is over, I will get rid of (properly I might add) of any prescription drugs in my possession. But anyways, 1 or 2 lines dangerous?

  17. Hello Sarah. Tramadol and other opioids can cause muscle tightness, but numbness is not one of the more commonly reported side effects. Seek medical help if any of symptoms you think is related to tramadol use becomes severe or does not go away.

  18. hi, great information here. have a pack of tramadol and was considering snorting it. glad i decided to research new drugs before ingestion. the web needs more concise and coherent pages like this. thanks again! R

  19. No questions. Just have a cousin wanting to visit and he’s fresh out of rehab. Some things I know to keep out of sight but tramodol I wasn’t sure about.

  20. Any one ever have problems urinating when on tramidol, I had to go to the E.R. and get a cathitor put in and walked around with a bag strapped to my leg all weekend. Not a fun weekend.

  21. Hi GB1234. Yes, tramadol is officially an “opioid” or a man-made synthetic version of an opiate. Tramadol can be used during opiate withdrawal because it occupies opioid receptors in the brain. Tramadol is a unique drug, because it has both opiate and benzodiazepine effects in the brain. It can work for some during opiate withdrawal but may not be best for everyone.

  22. What are your thoughts on Ultram/Tramadol effectiveness in warding off opiate withdrawals? I’ve found it to be very effective, not as powerfull as methadone or suboxen, but close. Is that because Ultram/Tramadol is in fact an opiate?

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