Although Ultram is widely prescribed as a less addictive alternative to drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin, the many thousands of people who have developed serious and entrenched addictions to Ultram are a testament to the abuse risks of the drug.
With the rise of prescription pain killer abuse and addiction, doctors have increasingly turned to medications with less abuse potential.
One medication that doctors often consider is Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride) and the drug is prescribed with frequency as a lower abuse risk alternative, yet still a drug offering effective pain management.
Yet the synthetic codeine in Ultram can lead to abuse and dependency, and many thousands have people have found that the medication they turned to for assistance has created a problem with addiction far greater than the pain it was initially prescribed to manage.
The Risks of Ultram Addiction
Although Ultram does not induce as potent a high as drugs such as vicodin or oxycontin, the drug does create pleasant sensations of wellbeing, and does have a potential for use above and beyond what is necessary for pain management.
Unfortunately, although the high is not as great as for similar prescription medications the addiction can be as severe and entrenching, and the ultimate period of detox and long withdrawal as difficult.
Ultram Detox symptoms
With addiction comes an inevitable need for detox, and detox off of ultram can be as long and painful as for any opiate type narcotic. Some of the symptoms characterizing an Ultram detox are nausea, vomiting, leg restlessness, anxiety, depression, pain and a real risk of seizures.
The risks of seizures increases if addicts attempt to detox cold turkey without medical observation and management, and using addicts are not advised to attempt an unsupervised withdrawal off of Ultram.
Detox symptoms peak within a day of sensation of use, endure for 3 or 4 days, and eventually subside in intensity over a month or more.
Ultram Addiction Treatment
Although doctors may minimize the risks of addiction, the thousands suffering a dependency to the medication tell a very different story, and an addiction to Ultram may well require professional treatment assistance to break. If the drug was abused (used to get high) the root causes of the abuse need to be unearthed and examined to avoid a repetition of abuse and addiction in the future.
The risks of Ultram addiction are very real, and with addiction comes a need for difficult detox. To ensure no repetition of abuse and addiction, detox is always best followed with appropriate drug treatment therapy.
Page last updated Sep 18, 2011