Millions of people in the United States suffer from pain that, if not treated, can affect their lives included being able to work. Medical doctors remedy this by prescribing painkillers but the abuse and overdoses have been a continuing growing problem for years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Since the 1990s, when the number of opioids prescribed to patients began to grow, the number of overdoses and deaths from prescription opioids has also increased. Even as the amount of opioids prescribed and sold for pain has increased, the amount of pain that Americans report has not similarly changed. From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2017 than in 1999.
Dangers of Polydrug Abuse
This crisis has brought new synthetic opioid painkillers into play, ones that are milder than your usual oxycodone, morphine, or fentanyl therefore, thought to be less addictive like the latest painkiller, Tramadol. And besides those who are still in chronic pain that still needs medication to live a normal life, there are those opioid medications that help those individuals with an opioid dependency.
Suboxone and Tramadol Are Addictive
Some might think that since one is to help you get off opioids and the other is a low grade, not as strong opioid for pain, that maybe it wouldn’t hurt to take them at the same time. Or perhaps one was taking earlier in the day and the drug is still in your body while you pop the other painkiller. This is a recipe for disaster. Besides death from overdose, it can increase your risk of seizures. Mixing Suboxone and Tramadol is not recommended and you should know the risks.
Suboxone has been proven to be the best at safely getting addicts off opiates. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH), Suboxone is the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that are used to treat opioid dependence (addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers). Buprenorphine is in a class of medications called opioid partial agonist-antagonists and naloxone is in a class of medications called opioid antagonists. Buprenorphine alone and the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone work to prevent withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking opioid drugs by producing similar effects to these drugs.
Tramadol, although weaker, is a synthetic opioid just like fentanyl. It comes in an immediate release form or an extended-release form. It has been thought by doctors to be a safer alternative to the stronger painkillers, but research shows, it too, can become dependent on and cause addiction, taken as prescribed or not. It has even been prescribed more heavily than other painkillers because of the belief that it is not highly addictive; even to those who have a history of substance abuse.
Mixing Tramadol and Suboxone Causes Deadly Effects
Mixing Suboxone and Tramadol could have deadly effects. If you have taken opioid medicines such as Tramadol for a while or take a large dose of it, the buprenorphine that is Suboxone may cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms. If you have only taken Tramadol for a short time, the Suboxone may reduce some of the effectiveness of you’re Tramadol, therefore, not control your pain as well.
As we know, taking Suboxone in its directed form will cause the naloxone to remain dormant and will only release the buprenorphine. The intake of two opioids at once can cause an overdose. If altered, suboxone does have the potential to completely negate the effects of both Tramadol and buprenorphine making the mixture useless. Further, mixing naloxone and Tramadol can lead to an increased risk of seizures.
Get the Help You Need
If you or a loved one may be dependent or addicted to opioids, we at Allure Detox can help get you back on track. We are a comfortable and evidence-based drug and alcohol detox in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can free you or your loved one from the physical symptoms of addiction and start you on the path to recovery. We offer detox from drugs and alcohol on a medical basis so that you can safely resume the life you once lived, the life you thought was lost forever.
Men and women emerge from Allure Detox healthy, sane, and prepared for a lifetime of recovery. Please contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering the pain of addiction.