The first what comes to everyone’s mind when speaking about drugs and addictions are drugs like marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin, thanks to their “popularity” in the media.
However, according to Prof. Jack Crane, there’s one prescription painkiller that’s responsible for even more deaths any other drug, such as heroin or cocaine. He pointed on Tramadol.
What is Tramadol?
Tramadol (Ultram or ConZip) is a drug for reducing moderate to severe pain. Its ability to kill the pain is due to the narcotic properties.
The Effects of Tramadol
This drug is usually prescribed by doctors for treating chronic ongoing pain after surgeries. It targets the central nervous system and changes the perception and reaction to the pain.
By taking tramadol as it is recommended, it won’t cause any significant damage. However, the people who take it mustn’t combine this drug with alcohol or other medications.
Prof. Crane explains that tramadol can be risky mainly because it’s a prescription medication, but there are many other facts that should be known and be more careful when taking it.
Everyone should be informed about the side effects of this pain killers and then decide about taking it.
Tramadol’s Side Effects
Even some people who are taking Tramadol often don’t experience any side effects, doctors are warning about the possibility to face with:
– Weight Loss
– Loss of appetite
– Rashes, itching, and swelling,
– Difficulty with breathing and urinating
– Severe abdominal pain
– Serotonin Toxicity
– Depleted adrenal glands
– Other Concerns Regarding Tramadol
To this list of side effects can be added a problem with incorrect dosages of Tramadol that can result in several unfortunate things, such as:
It drug has a similar structure as codeine and morphine, which can cause addiction to it. This is why it is important to take a proper dosage because higher dosage can lead to both, psychological and physical addiction.
That is not a reason to stop if you are taking Tramadol right now, before making a decision consult a doctor and see if you take it in a proper dosage.
- Dangerous Interactions with Other Drugs
The interactions of Tramadol with other medications or alcohol can lead to some serious side effects. In the case of taking tranquilizers, sedatives, or similar drugs, or when you drink alcohol, avoid it at any cost.
- Lack of Drug Control
The Drug Enforcement Administration in the U.S., in 2014, listed Tramadol into a schedule IV drug (among the narcotics). Earlier, it was controlled only in a few states.
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As the drugs have to be controlled, it is a responsibility of every country to have its own drug law to maintain control over the opioid crisis.
According to prof. Crane and his colleagues the Tramadol should be reclassified once again and with stricter limitations. Northern Ireland even made it available without a prescription in 2014.
The truth is that these painkillers like Tramadol don’t treat the symptoms but only reduce the pain.