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Tramadol Side Effects – How to Recognize and Get Help

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You’ve been prescribed Tramadol for pain management. But those little pills can quickly turn on you. Tramadol side effects range from mild to life-threatening. Don’t ignore the warning signs.

  • Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea. These common side effects impact your quality of life.
  • Seizures, serotonin syndrome. Rare but serious reactions that require emergency care.
  • Addiction. One-third of long-term users become dependent. You may need rehab.

Get informed. Stay safe. Consider alternatives like physical therapy. If addiction sets in, get help now. Evoke Wellness offers specialized programs:

You don’t have to suffer Tramadol dependence alone. Take back your health and happiness.

Call (833) 969-3318 to speak with our compassionate team, or reach out online and schedule an appointment to begin a healing journey.

What Harm Does Tramadol Do to the Body?

Physical Side Effects

  • Nausea, vomiting, constipation
  • Dizziness, headaches, vertigo
  • Sweating, flushing, itching

Psychological Impacts

  • Confusion, anxiety, mood swings
  • Hallucinations, paranoia
  • Tramadol dependence, addiction

Long-Term Dangers

  • Slowed breathing, coma risk
  • Liver or kidney damage
  • Increased seizure risk

Tramadol may seem less risky than other opioids, but it carries severe health hazards. Over 44,000 Americans visited the ER for tramadol misuse in 2011. Seek help from Evoke’s painkiller rehab and prescription drug treatment programs to overcome dependence safely.

Very Common Side Effects

Nausea & Vomiting

  • Up to 24% of tramadol users report nausea and vomiting as side effects.
  • These can often be reduced by taking medication with food.

Dizziness & Vertigo

  • Around 18% experience dizziness, lightheadedness or vertigo while taking tramadol.
  • These may increase risk of falls, especially in older adults.


  • Tramadol can slow digestion, leading to constipation in up to 27% of users.
  • Staying hydrated and getting enough fiber can help minimize this side effect.

At Evoke Wellness, our prescription drug treatment, painkiller rehab, and process addiction programs offer medical support to safely manage withdrawal symptoms. Our residential treatment provides a caring environment focused on your unique needs, including our specialized veterans program.

Common Side Effects

Physical Discomfort

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Dry mouth

Around 25% of tramadol users report experiencing nausea or vomiting as a side effect. Constipation affects up to 1 in 5 people taking this medication. Headaches and dizziness are also relatively common, impacting 15-20% of patients.

Mental Fog

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Impaired coordination

Tramadol can cause mental cloudiness in some individuals. This “brain fog” may manifest as confusion, excessive drowsiness, or poor motor control. Up to 1 in 8 users struggle with coordination issues while on this drug.

Mood Disturbances

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia

While less common than physical side effects, tramadol has been linked to psychological disturbances for certain patients. Symptoms like anxiety, volatile moods, and insomnia can severely impact quality of life.

Serious Side Effects

Seizures and Serotonin Syndrome

  • Seizures are a potentially life-threatening side effect, especially with high doses or abrupt discontinuation.
  • Serotonin syndrome can occur when tramadol is combined with certain antidepressants.

Respiratory Depression

Slowed or difficult breathing is a risk, particularly when misused or mixed with other depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines.

Addiction and Dependence

Long-term tramadol use can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Quitting often requires professional detox and addiction treatment.

Tramadol carries a real risk of serious adverse effects. At Evoke Wellness, our prescription drug treatment, painkiller rehab, and process addiction programs provide medical supervision and therapy to overcome dependence safely. Our residential and veterans programs also address the root causes of addiction for lasting recovery.

Long-Term Side Effects

Dependency Issues

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  • Tramadol carries a high risk of physical and psychological addiction with long-term use.

Organ Damage

  • Extended tramadol abuse can lead to severe liver and kidney damage.
  • Early signs include abdominal pain, nausea, dark urine and jaundice.

Mental Health Risks

  • Long-term tramadol misuse is linked to depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment.
  • Symptoms like mood swings, confusion and suicidal thoughts may arise.

Evoke’s residential treatment program offers comprehensive support for overcoming tramadol addiction’s long-term effects. Our team provides medical detox, therapy and wellness activities to address physical, mental and behavioral health issues stemming from prolonged substance abuse.

Why Is Tramadol Not Recommended?

Potential for Abuse and Addiction

  • Tramadol is an opioid medication, carrying risks of dependence and addiction.
  • Around 1 in 4 patients misuse tramadol, according to some studies.

Overdose Dangers

  • Tramadol overdoses can lead to respiratory depression, seizures, and even death.
  • Rates of tramadol-related emergency room visits have risen sharply in recent years.

Interactions and Side Effects

  • Tramadol can interact dangerously with certain medications like antidepressants.
  • Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, constipation and headaches.

At Evoke Wellness, our prescription drug treatment programs provide comprehensive care. This includes medical detox, therapy, counseling and aftercare planning to overcome opioid addictions safely.

What Not to Do When Taking Tramadol?

Ignore Medical Advice

  • Never take more than the prescribed dosage or for longer than recommended.
  • Do not mix tramadol with alcohol, sleep aids, or other opioids without doctor approval.
  • Stopping suddenly can cause severe withdrawal symptoms – follow taper instructions carefully.

Operate Machinery

Tramadol can impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery safely due to dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid these activities until you know how it affects you.

Share or Sell Medication

It is illegal and dangerous to share controlled substances like tramadol. Only take medication prescribed specifically for you by a licensed provider.

Take for Recreational Use

Using tramadol outside of its intended medical purpose increases risks of addiction, overdose, and long-term health consequences. Seek help if struggling with misuse.

If you or a loved one is battling tramadol misuse, Evoke Wellness offers comprehensive painkiller addiction treatment through our residential rehab, prescription drug, and process addiction programs tailored to your needs.


You should now have a better understanding of the potential side effects of tramadol, including addiction and withdrawal. Tramadol abuse can happen to anyone. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get help if you suspect you have a problem. Our treatment programs at Evoke Wellness can provide the support, therapy, and medical care needed to safely stop using tramadol. With treatment, you can learn healthy coping skills and start living your best life. Your journey to recovery starts with one phone call. Reach out today – we are here to help.

Begin Your Journey With Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek is a full-service addiction treatment facility serving Florida residents who develop an addiction to Xanax, opioids, cocaine, or other toxic substances. We base each of our programs on the individual’s severity of symptoms and use a combination of evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches to address the needs and recovery goals of the patient.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to Tramadol or other prescription medication, help is available today. Call (833) 969-3318 to speak with our compassionate team, or reach out online and schedule an appointment to begin a healing journey.