Tramadol is an synthetic opioid analgesic with some antidepressant effects. It is used to treat moderate to moderate-severe pain. It is used and metabolized in the body similarly to codeine.
Abuse and Detection
While Tramadol abuse is most likely to appear as prescription abuse beyond the parameters of medical advice, taken orally at high doses produces an opiate-like high similar to oxycodone, increasing the potential for recreational abuse. It is considered more likely than other opioid drugs to cause severe side effects. Abusers and dealers obtain Tramadol most often from prescription sources or pharmacy theft, as well as through illicit overseas manufacture and distribution sources. It is often available at low per-tablet prices, but the very high dosages required for a high can make it an expensive habit.
Common brand names:
Conzip, Rybix, Ryzolt, Ultracet, Ultram
Symptoms of Abuse:
enhanced mood, reduced sensitivity to pain, dizziness, constipation
Medical Dangers (including withdrawal effects):
tremors, painful muscle contractions, headaches, nausea, vomiting, vision problems, fatigue, depression, seizures
Window of Detection
urine 1-4 days; blood up to 24 hours