If you or a loved one take tramadol, you may have heard about tramadol addiction. While very effective for pain, tramadol is a medication with addictive properties, so this is a real concern. Read on to learn more about this drug, how it becomes addictive, and what are the treatment options for tramadol addiction.
What Is Tramadol?
Tramadol is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine in structure and action, with a potency similar to codeine. Rather than being made from natural ingredients, it was created in a laboratory. Tramadol is prescribed for severe pain when other pain medications are inadequate or not well tolerated. It’s usually given for long-term use.
Many people use tramadol for chronic pain after accidents or for the pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not formally indicated for fibromyalgia. When a drug is given outside its approved (studied) indications, this is known as “off-label” use. Tramadol is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance in the United States, meaning it has greater restrictions than other medications.
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