How Common Is Ultram Dependence?
Ultram is a brand name for tramadol, a prescription opioid pain medication. There is a short-acting version that is normally prescribed for pain following surgery or an acute illness, and there is a long-acting version that is used to treat chronic pain. An individual can become dependent and addicted to Ultram.
Ultram Dependence Signs And Symptoms
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, dependence on Ultram when a person takes the drug for an extended period of time. Dependence and tolerance go hand-in-hand. In fact, tolerance is the first of the Ultram dependence signs and symptoms. When an individual experiences tolerance to the drug, he or she finds they need to increase the amount taken in order to get the same relief. Ultram is an opioid that can produce both physical and emotional dependence. If you recognize the Ultram dependence signs and symptoms, it’s important to get professional help immediately in order to prevent it from becoming an addiction. The signs of Ultram dependence include the following:
- Pinpoint pupils
- Major changes in appetite
- Seizures (without a history of epilepsy)
- Slurred speech
- Impaired coordination
If you recognize these Ultram dependence signs and symptoms in yourself or someone you love, WhiteSands Treatment Centers in Tampa and Fort Myers FL can help. WhiteSands treats each patient as a unique individual. Each person entering WhiteSands is assessed and a personal treatment plan is developed for the specific problems he or she is dealing with. Call WhiteSands at (877) 855-3470 and speak to an addiction specialist.
Physical Addiction To Ultram
Physical addiction to Ultram may include physical and emotional dependence as well as certain addictive behaviors. One sign of addiction is the continued use of the drug even after the person has negative experiences and consequences due the use of Ultram. If the drug was prescribed to someone who had a previous drug or alcohol dependence, the risk of addiction can be higher. Although, it’s important to remember that people with no history of drug or alcohol misuse can also develop an addiction to Ultram. Physical addiction to Ultram can lead to illegal behavior in order to obtain the drug. Illegal behaviors can include the following:
- Stealing the drug from other family members of friends
- Doctor shopping to have a few doctors writing out prescriptions
- Forging prescriptions
- Stealing money or belongings
- Asking others to get a prescription from their doctor that they can give to you
Any of the above activities can result in an arrest and jail time, loss of job, broken friendships, and divorce.
Ultram Addiction Withdrawal
Ultram, a brand name for tramadol, was originally believed to have a very low potential for dependence or abuse. Drug manufacturers were wrong, and the opioid-like medication frequently results in both dependence and/or addiction. Ultram addiction withdrawal syndrome was not supposed to happen either, but it did. The complexities of the drug turned out to be many more than the industry experts believed them to be. Ultram addiction withdrawal must not be done at home. Cutting back is not the solution and can be very dangerous. Not everyone has the exact same detox experience. The most common Ultram addiction withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Aggressive behavior
- Flu-like symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Profuse sweating
- Mood swings
The severity of the symptoms can vary depending on the dosage taken and the length of time the drug was used. Symptoms can last for several days, weeks, or even months.
Call WhiteSands at (877) 855-3470 and get the help needed for the person struggling with addiction to Ultram or any other brand name of tramadol. Addiction treatment is personalized to meet exactly what each patient needs. Don’t let Ultram control your life or that of someone you love. WhiteSands can help.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.