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Tramadol, is often used to treat restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia . In recent years though this medication has been used for recreational purposes by a variety of people. To better understand the recreational use of Tramadol AN 627 one must first look at how this drug’s pharmacology works.

Tramadol is an opioid analgesic that when taken breaks down in the body to morphine and is a direct derivative of phenanthrene alkaloid codeine. When it breaks down it then begins to exclusively effect the μ-opioid receptor versus the broad spectrum of opioid receptors effected by other opioid compounds. Though this only effects one specific receptor it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make the drug less addictive.

Recreational use of Tramadol has been reported lately as the numbers of those addict to prescription pharmaceuticals increases. This is because of the euphoric effects that the drug produces by its effect on opioid receptors in the brain. This is also easier and safer to access by many addicts as this is often given to patients they live with requiring no money for them to purchase or the hassle of having to find a dealer.

The withdrawal effects of this medication are often as severe if not more than that of other opiates. Tramadol addicts have experienced the following withdrawal symptoms anxiety, depression, anguish, severe mood swings, aggressiveness, brain “zaps”, electric-shock-like sensations throughout the body, paresthesias, sweating, palpitations, restless legs syndrome, sneezing, insomnia, tremors, and headaches. These are usually over come in a manner of days of being off the drug. Withdrawal time the can vary based on the users body chemistry as well.

There is some controversy though about the lasting psychology dependency as many doctors insist it is safe than other opiates. Tramadol , still works on one of the same receptors as all other opiates and this still has the physical dependency issues associated with other opiates. SO it is safe to say that the possibility of a psychological dependency could occur in recreational use.

The abuse of Tramadol is about the same as all controlled substances that are pharmaceuticals. As long as it is easy to obtain by those who abuse opiates then it will be abused. Just because it has a more isolated approach doesn’t mean it isn’t any less addictive.