How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?

Tramadol overview

Tramadol, which also goes by the brand name Ultram, is an opioid drug commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. This medication works similar to other opioid medications and pain medications, such as morphine, in binding to the brain’s opioid receptors to block moderate to chronic pain. 

Tramadol and other prescription opioids come in different forms and strengths. A common form of tramadol comes in tablets and capsules. Taking tramadol may be habit-forming, leading to dependence and substance abuse.

Learn about tramadol addiction & withdrawal.

Life of tramadol – how long a drug stays in your system

Following the use of tramadol, a user can expect traces of the prescription drug to be found in their body. One can test for tramadol and expect a positive result within the following time periods: 

  • Blood: up to 35 hours
  • Saliva: up to 2 days
  • Urine: up to 4 days
  • Hair: up to 90 days

Tramadol’s half-life

The half-life of a drug is the amount of time it takes for the drug’s active substances to be reduced by 50%. Tramadol’s half-life has an average of 6 – 7 hours, which means this is the amount of time it takes for half a dose of tramadol to leave one’s system. However, this can take longer for those who are long-term users of the drug, or tramadol addicts. 

Detection window & metabolic rate – determining how long tramadol stays in your body

There are several body composition factors that influence how much tramadol is in a person’s system at a period in time, such as:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • Body mass index (BMI) & body fat
  • Quantity of tramadol consumed
  • The time span of consumption

Although the half-life of tramadol has an estimate of 6 – 7 hours, tramadol detection time may be five to six times this time frame once you stop taking the drug. 

Drug tests

Different types of drug tests and drug screening will provide varying timelines, with a hair test typically being able to detect the existence of drugs much longer than a urine or saliva test. The level of exposure, as well as the time the patient has been on tramadol also may determine how long the medication stays in your system.

Blood tests

Blood samples can detect tramadol for up to 35 hours following consumption. Initial detection when blood testing can be seen promptly after ingestion. 

Saliva tests

Saliva samples can detect tramadol up to 24 – 48 hours following consumption of the drug. 

Hair tests

Hair testing indicates that tramadol can be detected in hair follicle samples up to 90 days following consumption. 

Urine tests

Urine tests detect tramadol for the shortest period of up to 4 days following consumption. 

Opioid addiction treatment – tramadol addiction

Rehab centers provide opioid detox with medication-assisted treatment. Learn more about tramadol addiction treatment.

Medical detox is the safest way to remove tramadol from one’s system. A medically assisted detox program offers treatment for the effects of tramadol, withdrawal symptoms, and relapse prevention.

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