In this article, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about using Ultram for opiate withdrawal symptoms. Ultram is by no means one of my top choices for easing opiate withdrawal symptoms, however, Ultram is still a good option for some, though not all people. I was even prescribed Ultram for opiate withdrawal several years ago after I went to the ER for acute heroin withdrawal.
I’m going to share my experience using Ultram for opiate withdrawal with you shortly. First, I believe it’s important to explain how Ultram works in the body, that way you will gain a better understanding of how it can help ease opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Works in Your Body
- 2 Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Benefits
- 3 My Experience Using Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
- 4 Precautions Using Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
- 5 Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Studies
- 6 How To Use Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
- 7 Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Natural Alternative
How Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Works in Your Body
Ultram is a brand name for a prescription medication called tramadol, which is used to treat mild to severe pain. Contrary to popular belief, Ultram is NOT a narcotic drug. Ultram does not come from the opium poppy plant.
Furthermore, Ultram will not show up as an opiate on a drug test.
So how exactly does Ultram work?
Ultram is a centrally acting synthetic analgesic agent with opiate activity due to a low-affinity binding to the parent compound and higher affinity binding of the O-demethylated metabolite M1 to mu opioid receptors.
So basically, Ultram is a synthetic (man-made) drug that has opiate effects (pain relief, constipation, euphoria, respiratory depression, etc.) due to it binding to the same opioid receptors in the body that opioid analgesic drugs like Morphine and hydrocodone bind to.
Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Benefits
Since Ultram has opiate effects in the body, it can be useful for relieving withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, diarrhea, gastrointestinal distress, sweating, hot and cold flashes, insomnia, depression, nausea, achy muscles and limbs, and fatigue. Based on the severity of addiction and biochemical uniqueness, using Ultram for opiate withdrawal symptoms can work very well for some, and offer minimal benefit for others.
Another thing I find interesting is that Ultram inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. This means that it could potentially also be useful for boosting mood-enhancing chemicals in the brain during opiate withdrawal. Serotonin is an inhibitory (relaxing) neurotransmitter that makes you feel emotionally chilled-out and happy. Norepinephrine (noradrenaline) is an excitatory (stimulating) neurotransmitter that can give you more energy and lift mood.
My Experience Using Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
Several years ago, I went to the emergency room for acute heroin withdrawal. I had been using a half gram to a gram of heroin daily for a few months, and less than 24 hours after my last hit I couldn’t bear the cold-turkey withdrawal symptoms. The ER doctor prescribed me clonidine, Librium, and Ultram for opiate withdrawal. The medications helped get rid of the most severe symptoms, though I still had no energy and some depression and anxiety. In an effort to get high, I decided to take much more Ultram for opiate withdrawal than I was prescribed.
It was so long ago I honestly can’t remember, but I think I was only prescribed between three and six 50 mg Ultram within 24 hours. I can’t remember how many there were in the bottle, but I ended up taking ALL OF THEM within 24 hours. My withdrawal symptoms were reduced considerably, but I didn’t even come close to getting “high”, and then my pills were all gone and I was off to get another bag of heroin immediately. I obviously wasn’t ready to quit. Either that or I was possessed by Satan (evil laugh)!
Precautions Using Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
Don’t use Ultram for opiate withdrawal in the foolish and irresponsible way that I did. Ultram can be a useful medication if you use it properly.
If you decide to use Ultram for opiate withdrawal, be aware of the following risks:
- Ultram can be habit-forming and addictive (many people have become severely addicted after using Ultram for opiate withdrawal).
- If you use Ultram consistently, Ultram withdrawal can be just as bad as opiate withdrawal.
- Taking too much Ultram can result in overdose.
- Depending on the severity of addiction and biochemical uniqueness, Ultram may not work well for everyone.
Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Studies
In a study from 2012, Ultram was compared to Methadone for the treatment of opiate withdrawal:
- Patients were put into two groups: methadone group (60 mg per day) and Ultram group (600 mg per day).
- No significant differences existed in the overall Objective Opioid Withdrawal Scale (OOWS) scores between the two groups (P = 0.11).
- Dropout rates were similar in both groups.
- Side effects in the Ultram group were as or less common than in the methadone group, with the exception of perspiration.
- Results stated Ultram may be as effective as methadone in the control of withdrawal.
In a study from 2006, Ultram was compared to buprenorphine for the treatment of withdrawal:
- 115 patients were put into two groups (45 in the buprenorphine group, 70 in the Ultram group).
- 56% of the buprenorphine group and 71% of the Ultram group completed detoxification.
- Ultram patients had significantly higher average withdrawal symptoms when compared to the buprenorphine group and a greater reduction in withdrawal symptoms over time.
- The number of side effects was minimal and didn’t differ between the two groups.
- Results of the study stated that Ultram shows some promise as an opioid withdrawal management medication.
How To Use Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal
If you’ve decided you want to use Ultram for opiate withdrawal symptoms, make sure to use it responsibly.
The following key concepts should help you determine how to use Ultram for opiate withdrawal:
- Always use the least amount of Ultram possible to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms.
- Never use Ultram for longer than absolutely needed (3-7 days maximum should get you past the most severe part of withdrawal).
- Ultram comes in an extended-release form; this could be more beneficial to use than regular Ultram due to its long half-life.
- Depending on addiction severity, some people will benefit from taking 50-100 mg 3-4 times per day, others will need much more than this.
Example: Someone who is coming off a 60 mg daily oxycodone habit might get decent benefits from using Ultram for opiate withdrawal. However, if you’ve been shooting up three grams of heroin per day for the past five years, Ultram might be like putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
Ultram For Opiate Withdrawal Natural Alternative
Suppose you can’t get a doctor to prescribe you Ultram for opiate withdrawal. Buying it on the street would be an option, though I never recommend breaking the law. If you want my opinion, you’d probably be better off using kratom as a natural alternative.
Kratom is a plant (member of the coffee family) that is not regulated by the DEA in the United States (making it uses legal), that binds to the same opioid receptors that Ultram binds to (so it eases opiate withdrawal symptoms). Kratom is available for purchase online and at select retail locations.
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