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Safely Detox from Tramadol at Home with a Private Duty Nurse

The use of Tramadol has skyrocketed in recent years, and it is one of the most commonly prescribed medicines for pain relief in the United States. In 2013 alone, a study showed that doctors prescribed nearly 44 million prescriptions of Tramadol to their patients. 

But what you may not know about this prescription medication is how long its effects can last or how difficult it might be to detox from. Read on to learn more about the Tramadol detox process and how you can do it safely in your own home through In-Home Detox.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) belongs to a category of drugs known as opioid pain relievers. The category also includes codeine, morphine and oxycodone. Tramadol works because it affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine which decrease the sensation of pain. It comes as capsules, tablets and liquid drops that you take orally. This drug is also injected, but this is usually performed in hospital settings.

How Strong is Tramadol?

Tramadol’s strength is 1/10th that of morphine, which can mislead people into thinking it’s not as dangerous. However, even using it as prescribed can lead to strong dependence and withdrawal. In addition, Tramadol, unlike other opioid medicines, carries a risk of seizure particularly if it is taken with other serotonergic medications. Once a person develops a dependence on it, quitting it will cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. 

Those with a dependence on Tramadol will experience withdrawal symptoms if they quit taking it. For most, the symptoms are moderate in severity. Clients have described it as being “flu-like.” 

Unfortunately, these effects do put them at high risk of making poor decisions or placing themselves in harm’s way. Therefore, it is highly recommended that clients detox under medical supervision, whether that be in an inpatient detox center or from the comfort of their own home with an in-home detox program.

Symptoms of Tramadol Withdrawal

Tramadol tames pain in two ways: First, it inhibits the reuptake of neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Second, it stimulates the brain’s opioid receptors. 

As a result, individuals may experience two forms of withdrawal, which are known as atypical and traditional opioid withdrawal. These effects are unique, meaning they do not happen when taking other opioids. It also means that a person suffering Tramadol withdrawal may experience dual withdrawal symptoms that are common to the two types.

Traditional opioid withdrawal may include symptoms, such as GI problems and upset (e.g. nausea, diarrhea, vomiting), along with muscle aches and body pain. 

Atypical opioid withdrawal may present with symptoms like hallucinations, paranoia, panic attack and high anxiety. Other atypical withdrawal symptoms include depersonalization, disorientation, confusion and unusual sensory experiences. 

Tramadol Withdrawal Timeline

Depending on how long and severe the Tramadol addiction is, withdrawal symptoms will be variable. However, in most cases, the withdrawal symptoms will appear within 24 hours of the last dose of the drug. 

As mentioned, the withdrawal symptoms can be highly unpleasant. The biggest challenge during detox is to mitigate the suffering and the cravings enough to continue on until detox is complete. 

In most cases, detox takes about 7-10 days but can last several weeks for those with a long history of Tramadol misuse. The detox doctor and nurse will help relieve much of this distress with a variety of medications.

As a person slowly weans themselves off of Tramadol over time, they will begin to feel better overall. This is because when someone takes Tramadol in high doses it changes how chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine function in the brain. 

As they slowly stop taking it, these chemicals will begin to work normally again. When this happens, there is less of a chance that withdrawal symptoms will occur. 

What is Tramadol Detox at Home?

It is never advised to attempt a Tramadol detox at home without medical supervision. If you are interested in going through the detox and withdrawal phase of recovery from a Tramadol dependency in the privacy of your home, it is best to have a detox nursing team on board to assist with the unpleasant symptoms. 

Without medical supervision, chances are you will struggle so much with the withdrawal symptoms that you will give up and return to using Tramadol to stop the discomfort.

The Benefits of At-Home Tramadol Detox

Tramadol detox at home offers many benefits to the inpatient facility. For one thing, an at-home detox is more discreet. No one needs to know you are dealing with an opioid problem, and an at-home detox offers this privacy. 

Also, most people who are anticipating the difficulty of withdrawals would much prefer the comfort of their own home versus an inpatient facility. Detoxing at home allows you to move about as you wish, even taking care of some work-related activities from home if you wish.

How to Safely Do Tramadol Detox at Home

If you or a loved one is currently struggling with an addiction to Tramadol, it may be time to consider In-Home Detox as your next step. Tramadol detox can often be done at home with one of Kinkaid Private Care’s skilled in-home nurses. 

In-Home Detox allows for the individual going through withdrawal from opioids such as Tramadol to do so in the comfort and security of their own home. 

This is a much more comfortable environment than having to go through withdrawal at the treatment center, where there are other people around who may not be going through detox from opioid painkillers such as Tramadol. 

You will receive 24-hour care during your detox, and if you wish to receive additional medications for comfort during the withdrawal process this can be discussed with your doctor.

Holistic Therapies to Help with Tramadol Withdrawals

When it comes to detoxing from Tramadol, the foremost goal in the individual’s mind is to alleviate the suffering. Another benefit of an at-home medical detox is the availability of additional therapeutic concierge services that can enhance relaxation and help minimize discomfort.

These holistic therapies might include massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, guided meditation, guided imagery, IV vitamin therapy and music therapy. These experiential therapies help soothe the mind and spirit of our clients that are going through the difficult detoxification phase of recovery.

Kinkaid Private Nursing Care Coordinates Tramadol Detox at Home

Kinkaid Private Care can help guide you or someone you love through all aspects of Tramadol detox and withdrawal and can also help you get the proper treatment that they may need for opioid addiction.

Kinkaid Private Nursing Care coordinates the best of in-home Tramadol detox services, with experienced nurses with decades of experience in detox, and oversight by a physician who is an addiction specialist. 

In addition to the expert detox services, Kinkaid Private Care also coordinates assorted holistic therapies to help reduce stress and anxiety and promote a sense of relaxation during detox and withdrawals. For more information about a medical Tramadol detox at home, please contact Kinkaid Private Nursing Care today at (877) 388-5942.