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Tramadol, a strong painkiller that works by blocking pain signals to the brain, is available only on prescription. In the United States, it is sometimes known by brand names such as Ultram, Ultram ER, or ConZip. It comes in tablets, capsules, and liquid drops, though in hospitals it is sometimes administered via injection. 

While tramadol has recognized medical uses for the treatment of moderate pain, it is classified as a Schedule IV drug in the United States, meaning it also has the potential for abuse. 

Abuse of the drug, whether prescribed or not, can lead to dangerous physical and psychological dependence. Like many opioids, tramadol makes users feel a sense of euphoria that is sometimes difficult to resist. While abuse of the drug more generally is very harmful, an opioid overdose can lead to far more severe consequences.

Symptoms of Tramadol Overdose

When a tramadol overdose occurs, the most common reported symptoms are central nervous system depression, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (when the heart rate increases to such an extent that the heart can’t fill with blood before it contracts again), and seizures.

Like other opioids, a toxic dose of tramadol can result in coma, respiratory depression, and even cardiovascular collapse, which is when the arteries and veins collapse. 

However, unlike other opioids, tramadol has properties similar to an SNRI in that it increases the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Thus, tramadol overdose can also cause Serotonin Syndrome, which is often associated with confusion, agitation, difficulty controlling muscles, high fever, seizures, and sometimes causes comas. 

Any of these symptoms can be potentially life threatening.

Dosages that Can Lead to an Overdose

The recommended daily dose of tramadol is 100-400 mg per day. However, users who are suffering from an addiction to tramadol are driven to take it in larger and larger quantities to achieve the desired effects, such as euphoria, or often simply to avoid the painful results of withdrawal. 

Tramadol abuse can lead such an addict to use far more than the recommended dosage. Toxic side effects occur well before an overdose and can even occur within the recommended therapeutic dosage range if a user is unaccustomed to tramadol. However, at higher doses, such as 1000 mg, an overdose becomes likely.

However, it is important to note that the dosage at which toxic effects occur will differ from person to person. How long someone has been using tramadol will affect their level of dependence and sensitivity to the drug. 

Someone who has become accustomed to a higher dose might not experience toxic effects at 500 mg, but if another user suddenly takes that dose, it can potentially cause some of the painful side effects outlined above. Age, genetics, general health, and the user’s history with substance abuse also affect their susceptibility to overdose. 

Thus, it is important to keep in mind that there is no universally applicable quantity of tramadol that is safe or toxic. For users wanting to avoid the toxic effects, the best advice is to avoid using it recreationally at all and to follow a doctor’s prescription to the letter.

What Should Be Done in Case of Overdose

However, sometimes the dependence and addiction that drug abuse leads to can make off-prescription use extremely difficult to resist. In these cases, toxic effects and overdose become far more likely, especially for users who have a prior history of drug addiction. 

In the event of a suspected overdose, it is crucial that 911 be called. Tramadol overdose can be life threatening, and anyone experiencing the effects of an overdose, such as seizures, respiratory problems, or unconsciousness should immediately be taken to the hospital to prevent fatal consequences and to get the addict the help they need.

An opiate overdose, whether to tramadol, oxycodone, or fentanyl, should be treated immediately to prevent immediate health problems, but it is also a definite sign that the user needs care more generally. 

After a supervised medical detox, it is often a good idea for them to attend an in-patient or out-patient program to deal with their abuse or addiction. 

Other treatment options include 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous or psychotherapeutic counseling. Working with a support system at a treatment center specifically related to addiction can be very helpful. 

Even if the user’s physician is aware of the addiction problem and stops prescribing tramadol, it is difficult for addicts to stop using the drug on their own and it is common for them simply to seek it out using another doctor, a practice known as “doctor shopping,” or simply to obtain it using illegal means. 

Telling a drug abuser suffering from opioid addiction to stop taking the drug or cutting off their supply is usually insufficient to prevent the dangers of addiction and overdose. 

After the immediate toxic effects of an overdose are dealt with by medical professionals, seeking addiction treatment is the most helpful approach to preventing further overdoses or problems with other substances

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David Beasley is a certified RADT (Registered Alcohol/Drug Technician). David, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober.

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