Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) September 03, 2014
Tramadol is an atypical opioid for moderate to severe pain that’s sold under the trade name Ultram. It works on the opioid systems in the brain, but it also causes a serotonin and norepinephrine release, like an SSRI antidepressant. Though it was originally marketed as a less abuse-prone alternative to opioids, field evidence forced the FDA to eventually update the product information to include a strong warning against prescribing to addiction-prone consumers.
However, despite FDA warnings, American retailers filled 43.8 million legitimate tramadol prescriptions in 2013 alone. Additionally, as a previously unscheduled medication, tramadol is widely available through online pharmacies, so the true scale of use is far greater than the legitimate prescriptions would indicate.
Pharmaceutical suppliers advise that people taper down slowly after chronic use – to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, they provide no guidance on how to do this, and lacking better information, doctors often recommend opioid tapering schedules. This discontinuation rate is not appropriate for the antidepressant-like opioid tramadol. An overly quick taper can cause extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
The addiction recovery website Choose Help provides consumer level resource advice on addiction treatment and mental health topics. Choose Help’s guide, How To Quit Tramadol is the world’s only comprehensive guide to sensible tapering, managing withdrawal symptoms and coping with tramadol addiction.
Authored by Choose Help editor, John Lee, the guide translates clinical research evidence and anecdotal reports into an easy to understand manual that helps you quit safely. Topics covered include:
Founded in 2007, Choose Help is an authoritative resource for addiction recovery and mental health issues. The site has educated over one million visitors in the last 12 months alone. Choose Help works in partnership with a network of addiction experts and rehabilitation facilities across the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.choosehelp.com, call (310) 928-7878 or email support(at)choosehelp(dot)com.