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    Snorting Tramadol | Dangers & Effects Of Prescription Opioid Abuse

    Tramadol, the generic form of Ultram, Ultram ER, Ryzolt, and ConZip, is a prescription opioid. It is classified as an opioid analgesic (a narcotic) and is used to treat those suffering from severe pain. 

    This prescription opioid is a strong painkiller that gives relief to those dealing with pain but also poses a risk of addiction. Due to the strength of the medication, tramadol can be misused and administered in other ways such as snorting or insufflation. 

    In order to snort tramadol, one will need to crush up the pill. Taking medication in this manner can lead to a substance use disorder.

    Effects Of Snorting Tramadol

    The use of tramadol can cause a wide array of side effects. While some side effects of Tramadol can be severe, others are more common. 

    Common Side Effects

    The narcotic tramadol can produce a variety of side effects such as:

    • nausea 
    • constipation 
    • drowsiness
    • dizziness 
    • vomiting 
    • runny nose
    • constant fatigue 

    In addition to this, more serious side effects can occur if the person snorts tramadol. 

    Severe Side Effects

    Those suffering from tramadol addiction may begin to find other ways to take the opioid. This can lead to snorting, smoking, and even injecting the drug. 

    When you introduce a strong painkiller such as tramadol to your system in a manner other than the oral route, more severe side effects can occur such as:

    • convulsions 
    • tremors 
    • hypothermia 
    • muscle pain 

    Dangers Of Snorting Tramadol

    In addition to the numerous side effects of tramadol, people taking the drug should be aware of the consequences that come with snorting tramadol.

    Tramadol Overdose

    When snorting tramadol and abusing the drug in this way, you can easily lose track of how much of the substance you’ve taken. This means you can snort higher doses than you realize. 

    The risk of overdose from an opioid is significant due to the sedative effects it causes. Some of the other symptoms of a tramadol overdose may include:

    • respiratory depression
    • cold or clammy skin
    • hypotension 
    • loss of consciousness
    • cardiac arrest
    • seizures 
    • changes in blood pressure
    • constricted pupils
    • coma 
    • death 

    Tramadol Withdrawal

    Snorting tramadol is a form of drug abuse that increases potential side effects, your chance of an overdose, and the severity of withdrawal symptoms. When dealing with tramadol withdrawal, one might experience:

    • insomnia 
    • diarrhea 
    • fluctuations in heart rate
    • anxiety 
    • sweating
    • changes in body temperature 
    • hallucinations 
    • flu-like symptoms
    • confusion 
    • panic attacks

    Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person and depend on several factors such as:

    • how often the drug was taken
    • how much of the drug was taken
    • if other drugs are in the person’s system
    • if the person has a history of addiction or mental illness
    • if the person has alcohol in their system
    • if the person takes antidepressants

    It’s also important to note that withdrawal syndrome can occur. Those also taking serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are at risk of developing serotonin syndrome. Always be sure to speak to your doctor if you’re taking more than one medication.

    Tramadol Addiction Treatment

    If you or your loved one struggles with tramadol abuse, call our helpline and speak to one of our healthcare professionals. We have both inpatient and outpatient programs to suit your needs. Our treatment centers offer detox, group therapies, and other addiction treatment options.

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    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Drug Enforcement Administration - Tramadol
    US Food and Drug Administration - Ultram
    US Food and Drug Administration - Ultram CIV
    US Food and Drug Administration - Ultram ER
    US National Library of Medicine - Ultram - Tramadol Hydrochloride Tablet, Coated

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on April 18, 2022
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