Physical addiction to Ultram
Many users think that just because Ultram is a non-narcotic drug, it is non-addictive. But they are often mistaken. Although the risk of addiction is much lower with Ultram in comparison to some other pain medications, the truth is that it can be habit forming. Ultram has a structure similar to other opioids such as morphine and codeine, and may lead to psychological and physical dependence.
How can you know if you are physically addicted to Ultram? Are there any signs or symptoms that might signal the occurrence of physical addiction? In this article we review ways to recognize and treat physical addiction to Ultram, after which we welcome your additional questions in the section at the end of the page.
Physical dependence on Ultram
Physical dependence on Ultram is a state of adaptation that is manifested by: physical tolerance and it’s specific withdrawal syndrome.
But what exactly is the difference between being physically dependent on Ultram and being addicted to it?
Ultram addiction is different from physical dependence. Addiction is considered a primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, contrary to physical dependence which is an expected and natural adaptation mechanism. Addiction is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following:
NOTE: Addiction has psychological roots whereas dependence is more physically associated. Dependence is an unavoidable consequence of opioid therapy.
Physical signs of addiction to Ultram
The misbelief that Ultram can’t cause addiction may lead some people to become addicted without even realizing it. Recognizing the signs of Ultram abuse on time can prevent an addiction from developing. So, watch out for the following physical signs of Ultram abuse:
You can also recognize and Ultram addict by the changes in his/her behaviour, which may include:
Treating physical symptoms of addiction to Ultram
Physical dependence to Ultram is usually managed by a slow dose reduction. The rate at which Ultram doses are reduces depends on the physical and mental health, usual dose, and how long has the individual been taking Ultram.
Doctors suggest that the best ways to treat symptoms of physical dependence to Ultram is by visiting a detox clinic. Supervised medical detox, along with psychological support can help you successfully overcome your physical dependence. Treatment for physical addiction to Ultram often includes administration of medication such as: buprenorphine and naloxone.
Physically addicted to Ultram questions
In case you still have any further questions or doubts about being physically addicted to Ultram please feel free ask. We will make sure to respond personally as soon as possible, or refer you to someone who can help.
Reference sources: NCBI: Physical dependence on Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride): both opioid-like and atypical withdrawal symptoms occur
WISC: Addiction vs. Tolerance & Physical Dependence
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