Side Effects of Tramadol

Written by Chloe Nicosia

The Lethal Side Effects Of Tramadol

Tramadol is a synthetic opioid drug, and when introduced in 1995 it was praised as a safer pain medication. It was touted as offering all the benefits of powerful and addictive drugs without the dangers of dependency. After nearly two decades of witnessing the side effects of tramadol and the increasing number of overdose deaths, the DEA declared tramadol a Schedule IV drug.

The Side Effects Of Tramadol

Several of the side effects of tramadol are minor and include dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sedation. There are other potential side effects of tramadol that are serious. Allergic reactions can result in itching, hives, swelling of the face, difficulty breathing, and life-threatening angioedema (vocal cord swelling). Cardiac abnormalities may cause palpitation and rhythm symptoms. Respiratory depression, central nervous system defects, seizures, and gastric problems are also more serious side effects of tramadol. When tramadol is abused, all of its side effects are exacerbated. When used for long periods of time, the drug has the potential for addiction. Overdosing on tramadol can be fatal. If any of the following side effects of tramadol occur, get emergency medical help immediately.

  • Hives
  • Shallow noisy breathing
  • Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Blue tint to lips
  • Seizures
  • Weak pulse
  • Light-headed or dizzy

Tramadol Recreational Use

Tramadol recreational use is becoming more common because it gives the user a quick sense of pleasure and happiness similar to a morphine high. Many users are snorting tramadol by crushing multiple tablets and snorting the powdered drug, which can result in seizures or a lethal overdose. When tramadol is ingested, it’s processed through the liver before the effects of the drug reach the rest of the body. When it is snorted for tramadol recreational use, it is not metabolized by the liver and is absorbed by the mucous membrane in the nose and delivered directly to the brain. Once in the brain, the synthetic tramadol acts similarly to natural opiates by elevating “good feelings” in the body and mind. What normally takes about two hours to achieve when ingesting tramadol orally is achieved much faster when the drug is snorted. The powdered drug can irritate the mucous lining of the nose and cause a painful burning. Tramadol abuse by snorting can lead to the following serious consequences:

  • Panic attacks
  • Shaking
  • Tremors
  • Agitation
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Overdose (which can be fatal)

Snorting tramadol at the same time the user is drinking alcohol or taking any other form of opiate drug, there is an increased risk of central nervous system depression and accidental death.

Tramadol Abuse

A great number of poisoning episodes are due to tramadol abuse. Serotonin syndrome is defined as a severe drug reaction. It occurs when taking drugs that alter the production of serotonin in the brain. There are some very dangerous side effects including:

  • Seizures
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of motor coordination

If tramadol abuse is part of your life or that of someone you life. You are walking a tight rope that will eventually break. Don’t wait for that to happen. Some damage to the brain and nervous system doesn’t go away, even with therapy and rehab. The longer you abuse the drug, the greater the risk for serious health issues or even accidental death.

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