Our country is facing an opiate epidemic. Many doctors are scared to prescribe oxycodone, hydrocodone or morphine to their patients because of the headlines opiates are making. They do not want any of their patients to become addicted to the medications and they want to stay away from any issues with the DEA. It is becoming a common practice for the past couple of years for the doctors to prescribe a newer medication that is considered to be not as dangerous and less powerful. Unfortunately this medication can be just as addicting and deadly when abused.
Tramadol has become the go-to medication for many doctors who are keen to the opiate epidemic. Many people do not realize that Tramadol is an opioid, but it's actually a synthetic opiate. When this medication is taken as prescribed, it can cause dependency over time just like other opiates. This is because Tramadol attaches itself to opioid receptors in the brain and effects the patients Serotonin levels. Any medication that effects natural brain chemistry that is taken for a prolonged period of time should never be stopped abruptly. If you stop taking Tramadol you will experience very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms like any other opiate. Another cause of concern for those that take Tramadol is that you stop abruptly, you may experience dangerous seizures.
Medical doctors are well aware of the dangers of Tramadol. But in the big picture they feel it's a better alternative to oxycodone, hydrocodone or morphine. It is considered a weaker opiate when compared to the other drugs, and some believe it is not as dangerous. The truth is that it can be addictive and just as deadly as opiates when abused. Tramadol does have a tendency to cause addiction and if you have a past of alcoholism or drug addiction, you should discuss this with your doctor before taking it.
The amount of people who have been contacting me regarding this drug has grown over the past two years. I attribute the rise in people taking this medication to doctors avoiding prescribing other opiates. You can not blame Doctors for looking at alternative ways of treating their patient's pain. I just hope that doctors are disclosing the whole truth about the medication before it is prescribed. Anything that is going to be taken for a prolonged period of time should be researched by the patient. I know it is the doctors job to have their patient's best interest and health because of their oath they swore to uphold, but it is up to you to make sure you are taking care of yourself. Research any medication that is prescribed to you and make sure that you are comfortable with the risks attributed to the medication before you start taking it.