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Tramadol is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults 18 years of age and older. The narcotic-like pain reliever treats both pain associated with the nerves as well as general pain. Since the medication is less dangerous than more potent pain relievers such as Lortab or even stronger medications, it is oftentimes prescribed more frequently than the alternatives. This isn't to say that Tramadol is safer, however, since it provides similar sensations as the more potent medications.

Is Tramadol Addictive?

Tramadol can be habit-forming and addictive. Despite being a controlled substance, Tramadol is much easier to obtain than some other more potent pain relievers, resulting in an increasing number of addictions among individuals 18 to 35 years of age.

According to a 2013 National Survey on Drug Use, approximately 3.2 million U.S. residents have used Tramadol that wasn't prescribed to them at least once. Additionally, 54,000 emergency room visits in 2011 were due to Tramadol overdose.

A Tramadol addiction occurs when an individual is unable to live their day-to-day life without the use of the medication. Addictions destroy lives and hurt families; they're dangerous to the health; and can turn an ordinary life upside down. It is important to recognize signs of an addiction to Tramadol and seek help immediately if you or a loved one may have a problem.

Signs of Tramadol addiction include

  • Need for increased dosage of medication to achieve same results
  • Withdrawal symptoms including upset stomach, fever, achy muscles, nausea/vomiting
  • Decreased interest in family/friends and/or activities and hobbies once enjoyed
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Panic attacks
  • Missing work or other important events
  • Needing the medication to complete day-to-day activities
  • Irritability/ nervousness
  • Doctor-shopping, buying pills on the street, or otherwise obtaining pills illegally
  • Unable to control use of medication

The severity of the signs of addiction vary from one person to the next. The length of time of the addiction is one factor influencing the addiction signs. It is important to carefully observe the behavior of a person using Tramadol, noting any unusual changes and getting help immediately if you suspect addiction. 
 

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