Is Tramadol an opioid or opiate

Tramadol is a drug used to alleviate moderate to severe pain in adults. It is available only by prescription, and most commonly comes in tablet or capsule form. Scientists searching for newer, safer medications for pain relief, developed Tramadol and the drug was patented in 1963. Tramadol was initially believed to be much safer, and less addictive than typical opioid-based pain relievers, albeit not as powerful or effective. Tramadol is also known as Ultram and comes in generic forms also.

The largest misconception about Tramadol is that it is not addictive, and not an opioid. This is not true since Tramadol is actually made from a combination of synthetic opioid medication and monoamine reuptake inhibitors (MRI). Tramadol is an opioid analgesic and opioid activity is the overriding contributor to its pharmacological effects. Abuse and adverse events of Tramadol are similar to those of other opioid analgesics.

Classifying Tramadol

Opiates are natural chemicals that have medical benefits, and found in opium, including morphine and codeine. Opioids are drugs that act on opioid receptors in the body and include all the opiates as well as fully synthetic and semi-synthetic compounds. Being that Tramadol is fully synthetic, is would be classified as an opioid. Since Tramadol is an opioid, a patient must use caution when taking, and only under the care of a doctor.

Those who misuse tramadol are at risk for developing an addiction. Tramadol is an opioid, therefore can lead to addiction just like more conventional opioids such as Oxycodone. After repeated tramadol use, many people develop a tolerance to the drug, which means they have to take increasing doses to feel the drug’s effects. Along with tolerance, Tramadol users may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using the drug.

Choosing Proper Treatment

When attempting to quit Tramadol, it is important to seek professional help and appropriate medical care. Tramadol is highly addictive, which may lead to severe, dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Searching for the right treatment option is important in successfully quitting Tramadol, and with the ANR Treatment patients can achieve a life free of opioids. ANR seeks to bring the bodies endorphin system back to a state of balance, in which the extra receptors have perished, and cravings have been eliminated. ANR offers a solution which the patient can not only overcome the withdrawal syndrome, but also not have cravings for more opiates to be free from addiction at last – since ANR treats the root of the dependency that takes place at the receptor level.

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