Tramadol Withdrawal

Table of Contents

  1. Causes
  2. Symptoms
  3. Stages
  4. Treatment

Tramadol withdrawal shows up at three stages, and they all have different symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be treated in a few steps.

Causes of Tramadol Withdrawal

Tramadol is an addictive substance that could cause your body to become dependent. If over some time, you continue using this substance, it could cause a tramadol use disorder.

After prolonged use, the brain and other systems become dependent on tramadol. Once use stops, you could suffer withdrawal. Suddenly quitting or drastically lowering use could trigger withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of Tramadol Withdrawal

Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal occur in three stages

First Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Pain and ache in muscles
  • Fever
  • Odd sleeping patterns
  • Running nose
  • Frequent sweating

Next Symptoms

  • Dilated pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Frequent goosebumps

With this, the acute withdrawal symptoms may subside. But this is the start of the risk of facing a post-acute withdrawal. These symptoms exist even past the speculated withdrawal timeline.

Final Symptoms

  • Depression
  • High anxiety levels
  • Odd sleeping habits
  • Lack of concentration and quickly losing focus
  • Blunted emotions
  • Easily fatigued
  • Easily irritated

Tramadol Withdrawal Timeline

The regular withdrawal symptoms are expected to exist within a Tramadol withdrawal timeline of one to ten days.

Stages of Tramadol Withdrawal

There are three significant stages of withdrawal in the tramadol withdrawal timeline.

Stage 1

This is the stage where it all starts to set in for the first time. The withdrawal timeline for this stage begins from 24 to 72 hours after the last tramadol intake. Stage 1 withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Disorientation
  • A feeling of pins and needles

Stage 2

This stage kicks in from 96 to 168 hours after the last time tramadol was taken. Stage 2 withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Constant confusion
  • Continued disorientation

Stage 3

This is the final stage of Tramadol withdrawal and your symptoms should have subsided. However, you may still experience a slight depression, among other things.

Possible Treatment

There are several treatments available. You can treat tramadol use disorder with the following procedures:  
  • Medication: As tramadol is an opioid, there are some possible medications that may be prescribed to help address symptoms of withdrawal
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: with this treatment, you would be able to search out that which triggers substance use. It analyzes your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, etc. to help you avoid a relapse
  • Motivational interviewing: With this treatment, you are taken through a process that initiates your quest for change1
  • Contingency management: This treatment offers rewards based on recovery-focused activities. You are rewarded on every milestone that you achieve on the journey to recovery
  • Family therapy: Your family members can get involved in this process that is aimed at healing from the disorder. This therapy works with the family to help you stick to healthy habits that would lead you through a full recovery process

In all, with the right steps and treatment, you could get through tramadol withdrawal in no time. However, this is only the first step in recovery from Tramadol use disorder. Full recovery typically requires treatment with a medication professional to address underlying causes.


Resources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5831199/

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