Tramadol is a prescription medication given to patients as a way to relieve pain symptoms. Prolonged use of the drug can lead to addiction and alters the brain's normal functions. In order to begin drug rehabilitation, a person will need to go through Tramadol detox.
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First, a physician will need to be contacted in order to monitor the patient during Tramadol detox. Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, a doctor will need to make sure there are no adverse effects from suddenly stopping Tramadol. Common withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, sweating, insomnia, tremors and hallucinations.
Next, receive a physical before going through Tramadol detox. Your physician will want to test your cardiovascular system in order to ensure that you are healthy enough to go through detox, due to the effects of Tramadol withdrawal.
Then, look for a detox program in order to stop taking Tramadol. One well known program is the Waismann Method of Accelerated Neuro-Regulation which is performed in a hospital setting. The patient is placed under sedation as the medications are cleansed from the body. Due to the sedation, the person does not experience any of the severe withdrawal symptoms and wakes up drug-free. The method speeds up the detox process to last only a few hours instead of the normal 3 to 4 day range.
Finally, continue treatment through an outpatient or in-patient rehabilitation centre. Once you go through detox for Tramadol, you will want to continue on to a rehabilitation program in order to prevent a relapse. Many detox programs have their own rehab centres or can give you a referral.
After completing a detox program for Tramadol, make sure you inform your doctor of the addiction. This way, he can make adjustments in the case that you again need a prescription for pain medication.
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- Another detox method to consider is gradually reducing your dose of Tramadol. Under your doctor's guidance, you can slowly start to wean off of the drug until you no longer have it in your system.