Ultram is a brand name for Tramadol, an opiate analgesic prescribed to treat moderate to moderately-severe pain in adult patients. It is about one-tenth the strength of morphine, and equally as potent as codeine, although it has less potential for abuse.
Nevertheless, Ultram is still potentially habit-forming, and must be taken exactly as directed. It is not recommended for patients with past or present history of addiction, depression, or suicidal tendencies.
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Understanding Ultram Abuse
Ultram is a brand name for extended-release tablet and capsule forms of the opioid analgesic tramadol. Like all opioids, Ultram is a popular drug of abuse and prescriptions are often diverted for criminal purposes, although it is only classified as a Schedule IV drug by the FDA, meaning it has more limited potential for abuse than Schedule II drugs like codeine.
If you take Ultram for pain, you are not likely to become addicted unless you take more of the drug than indicated, or you take it when you no longer need it for proper pain management.
Individuals who take Ultram without a prescription are much more vulnerable to addiction. The drug has a relaxing effect on users, and can produce a mild euphoria that is quite tempting if you are trying to escape negative emotions, or to self-medicate depression or anxiety.
Signs and Symptoms of Ultram Abuse
Although users can be very good at keeping their drug use a secret from loved ones, there are some signs and symptoms of addiction you can look out for:
- neglecting friends and family
- neglecting personal appearance or hygiene
- needing to have a prescription refilled earlier than due
- visiting multiple doctors or pain clinics to obtain prescriptions
- drug-seeking behavior such as visiting emergency rooms with false injuries, or lying about having lost a filled prescription
- mood swings
- rejection of interests and activities the user used to enjoy
- changes in eating habits
- changes in sleep patterns—sleeping more or less, daytime drowsiness
- poor performance at work or school
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Dangers of Ultram Abuse
Ultram functions by binding to opiate receptors in your brain, and by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. In essence, this means Ultram keeps all the brain chemicals that make you feel good and positive hanging around in your brain longer than usual.
This effect is useful for treating pain, but can be dangerous for long-time users, or for those who abuse Ultram without a prescription. This type of use places you at risk for developing Serotonin syndrome, a condition further described below:
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Serotonin is a chemical your body produces that’s needed for your nerve cells and brain to function. But too much serotonin causes symptoms that can range from mild (shivering and diarrhea) to severe (muscle rigidity, fever and seizures). Severe serotonin syndrome can be fatal if not treated.”
Ultram can cause other adverse effects as well. MedlinePlus explains that you should tell your doctor if you experience the following symptoms, especially if they are severe or do not improve:
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
- muscle tightness
- changes in mood
- heartburn or indigestion
- dry mouth
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- hives, rash
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- swelling of the eyes, face, throat, tongue, lips, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- fast heartbeat
- severe muscle stiffness or twitching
- loss of coordination
- nausea, vomiting
- loss of appetite
- inability to get or keep an erection
- irregular menstruation
- decreased sexual desire
- changes in heartbeat
- loss of consciousness
Drinking alcohol or combining other drugs with Ultram will amplify these side effects as well as your risk of fatality. It is also an indication of a substance abuse problem.
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Who Abuses Ultram?
Individuals of any gender, financial status, age, or ethnicity can potentially become addicted to Ultram. Addiction is not a moral failing, but the result of a number of interacting factors, such as the physical effects of the drug, your individual body chemistry, and how vulnerable you are physically and emotionally at the time you first try Ultram.
Perhaps you struggle with chronic pain that you are attempting to treat on your own. It is also possible that you have an undiagnosed co-occurring condition—a mental health issue or disorder that makes you more susceptible to addiction, and which promotes your continued drug use.
When used appropriately, Ultram can be quite beneficial if recovering from injury, or suffering from migraines or other pain-related problems. But when you use Ultram recreationally or to self-medicate, you can easily develop a problem that will impact your entire life, and everyone in it.
No one ever intends to become addicted to drugs, and every addict deserves the chance to overcome drug use. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.
Am I Addicted to Ultram?
To determine if you have a drug addiction, you have to examine yourself very honestly. Consider the questions below, taken from a list published by Narcotics Anonymous.
- Do you ever use alone?
- Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs?
- Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?
- Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
- Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?
- Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
- Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
- Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
- Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
- Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
- Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation center because of your using?
- Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
- Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?
- Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?
- Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?
- Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?
- Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?
- Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
- Do you think you might have a drug problem?
According to NA, it isn’t about how many questions you answer yes to, but how these questions make you feel. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know if you have a problem. Call 800 774 5796 today. We’re waiting to connect you to the professional help you need.
Ultram Addiction Treatment
No matter where you live or what your situation may be, there are quality, affordable treatment options that can be worked into your life. If you want to free yourself from drug addiction, call 800 774 5796 for help.
When you stop taking Ultram, your body will go through withdrawal. The detoxification process can be unpleasant, but it is vital. You need clarity of mind and a healthy body before you can devote yourself wholeheartedly to changing your life.
To ensure that you detox safely, with minimal withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical advice on how to gradually wean yourself off drugs. You should never abruptly stop taking Ultram.
Every addict is different, and deserving of addiction care that is tailored to who you are and what you want out of life. But no matter the particulars of your individualized plan, there are some treatments that are so helpful they are industry standards.
- Counseling– uncovering and addressing the issues that underlie your addiction are crucial to recovery. You will likely engage in group, individual, and family/couples therapy.
- 12-Step Meetings– not only are meetings incredibly helpful while you’re getting sober, they are a priceless resource for supporting lifelong sobriety. Having a meeting to turn to when you’re feeling tempted can make all the difference.
- Developing healthy habits– to heal the damage that drugs have done to your body and brain, you need to get healthy again. Proper nutrition, physical activity, and quality sleep are all necessary for this.
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