Ultram withdrawal is physical and psychological symptoms that individuals experience after abrupt cessation of use of the drug Ultram. Ultram is an opioid pain reliever that is used in medicine to treat moderate to severe pain. Like all other prescription narcotic pain relievers, Ultram produces euphoric effects, lessens anxiety, etc. and therefore has a very high rate of abuse, dependence and other related serious problems. Addiction to narcotic pain relievers such as Ultram is extremely common, and many individuals who are prescribed the drug legitimately can become physically dependent to it through no fault of their own. Individuals who are inclined to seek out and illicitly abuse narcotic pain relievers are also extremely likely to use Ultram for its narcotic-like effects and can quickly become addicted to it.
Ultram withdrawal will occur if an individual who has been either prescribed the drug legitimately or has been abusing the drug recreationally becomes physically tolerant and both physically and psychologically dependent to it. Tolerance and psychological dependence means that the individual needs to take Ultram consistently, and if they don't they will begin to experience physical and psychological symptoms of Ultram withdrawal.
As mentioned earlier, Ultram withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug and in the case of chronic illicit abuse. The symptoms of Ultram withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant, so much so that people start taking the drug again in order to relieve withdrawal symptoms. The onset of Ultram withdrawal is usually experienced 12-20 hours after the last dose. The severity of Ultram withdrawal symptoms depends on the dosage and length of time the individual has been using the drug. Ultram withdrawal causes typical opiate-like withdrawal symptoms such as:
There are other withdrawal symptoms that are exclusive to Ultram as opposed to other narcotics opioids, due to its influence on certain areas of the brain. These Ultram withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
Ultram withdrawal tends to have a longer duration than that of other opioids. Acute Ultram withdrawal can last for seven days or more. The symptoms of Ultram withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant, and can exacerbate other conditions. This is why it is important and necessary to undergo Ultram withdrawal under the supervision of trained professionals at a long-term inpatient drug treatment and rehab facility.
Aside from the addictive qualities of the drug and the risk of Ultram withdrawal, Ultram is a dangerous drug when abused and can cause many serious and life-threatening side effects. Common side-effects of the drug include dizziness, spinning sensation, constipation, upset stomach, drowsiness or feeling nervous or anxious. Serious side effects that individuals taking the drug should look out for and contact a medical professional immediately include hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting, a red, blistering, peeling skin rash, shallow breathing and weak pulse.
Seizures have been reported in individuals receiving small doses, excessive doses and large intravenous doses of the drug. Seizures caused by Ultram are most often grand mal seizures, and risk of seizure increases two-to six-fold when combined with other drugs. Risk of seizure is highest among 25-54 year-olds, those with more than four Ultram prescriptions, and for individuals with a history of alcohol abuse, stroke, or head injury.
Ultram is a serious narcotic that puts individuals at risk of physical and psychological side effects that can be dangerous and life threatening. If you or someone you know is addicted to Ultram and needs help, there are drug treatment professionals standing by to answer questions and help them through Ultram withdrawal and addiction treatment. It is important that anyone deciding to stop using Ultram seek help to get through Ultram withdrawal at a long-term inpatient drug treatment facility where professional and medically trained staff can get them through this process. Don't wait until it is too late, get the help and treatment that you need today and get your life back on track.