Dangers of Mixing Tramadol with Alcohol and Other Drugs
Tramadol is classified as an opiate agonist. The drug acts as a pain reliever and is prescribed to patients suffering from moderate to severe pain levels. Once tramadol enters the body, it attaches to the brain’s pain receptors and ultimately blocks the sensation of pain. It has similar effects to morphine and other narcotic pain relievers and is habit-forming.
Tramadol Withdrawal Symptoms
Once tramadol dependency develops, users will experience withdrawal symptoms if they cease use or miss a doss. Tramadol withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Severe, unbearable pain
- Body ache
- Cold sweats
Dangers of Mixing Tramadol and Alcohol
The combination of tramadol and alcohol can cause threatening or even fatal side effects. Both alcohol and tramadol are central nervous system depressants, and both agents slow down brain activity and function which can lead to the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Brain damage
- Respiratory depression
Combining alcohol and tramadol also increases the chance of overdosing on either or both. Tramadol and alcohol also increase depression and can cause suicidal thoughts or actions.
Mixing Tramadol with Other Drugs
As with alcohol, combining tramadol with other drugs can be extremely dangerous. Tramadol and other drug interactions can result in the following:
- Acute alcohol intoxication
- Acute abdominal conditions
- Tramadol/drug dependence
- Intracranial pressure
- Liver disease
- Renal dysfunction
- Respiratory depression
- Seizure disorders
Tramadol should not be combined with other depressants including other opioids. This results in respiratory depression and can ultimately lead to death. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions are at a much higher risk for this side effect. Tramadol can also trigger seizures. When the drug is combined with other substances, the chances for a seizure greatly increase.
Tramadol should not be combined with other serotoninergic drugs (those which raise serotonin levels). Serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system and is often coined the “happiness hormone.” Serotonin affects a person’s mood and sense of wellbeing. Interfering with the natural production of serotonin can lead to emotional disruption or depression. Many drugs and drug categories are classified as serotoninergic, such as the following:
Need Help with Tramadol, Alcohol or Other Drugs?
Tramadol abuse takes over a person’s life and causes serious health concerns. If you or someone you know is suffering from tramadol addiction, it is urgent to seek help now. Our toll-free number is open 24 hours a day, and we will provide you with the information, support and guidance you need for long-term recovery. Call now and end the cycle.