Tramadol is a strong opioid-type painkiller that works by changing how your brain feels the pain. Tramadol blocks pain signals from traveling along the nerves to the brain, that way, even the cause of the pain may remain, less pain is actually felt.
There have been many reports of addiction to Tramadol because the drug can have opioid-like effects, which can be compared to what people feel when they take narcotic. It impacts the brain and body in similar ways and in order to get more high patients will abuse the drug. Tramadol should not be taken by anyone who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who are suicidal, depressed or emotionally disturbed.
Signs of Painkiller Addiction
There are a number of signs to pay attention to if you or someone you know may be becoming addicted to their painkillers. We are all different but there are some key signs and symptoms to look for, these include:
- If you are having difficulties cutting down or stopping to use the drug. Even when it is causing major problems in your life such as financial problems, it impacts your work, personal relationships, and health;
- If you are constantly thinking about your painkillers – when the next dose is and if are worrying if you have enough drugs. You have your painkillers everywhere: at work, at home, in your car, and in different bags;
- You are in need of increasingly greater quantities of the drug to get the same desired effect;
- If you have significant mood swings for no obvious reason, get irritable or tired.
- If your sleep patterns change;
- You are feeling guilty about taking a drug;
- You are asking for repeat prescriptions earlier than you actually need it;
- You are having arguments with your loved ones about your painkiller addiction.
What to do if you or your loved one suffers from painkiller addiction?
Painkiller addiction is a very big problem. Today more people are becoming addicted to both prescribed and over the counter (OTC) medication. If you know that painkiller usage for your loved one or friend has turned into dependence, be honest with them and share your concerns with them. Talk openly, because many people who suffer from a painkiller addiction are trying to hide that. You can encourage them to talk about it more: with their family or best friend.
Don’t push or judge them, remember that you cannot make someone change their attitude if they choose not to. The problem is that people with chronic pain will need to take prescription pain relievers for a long time. People, who have a painkiller addiction, are in need of painkillers even when they are not feeling the pain anymore.
Explain this to your close one and ask them to see their doctor or pharmacist. They will advise what to do because that is important to know that there is often a solution. There are treatment programs available – all you need to do is to make the first step!