How To Get Off Tramadol Without Withdrawal
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In this article, I’m going to teach you how to get off tramadol without withdrawal. Sound too good to be true? I can tell you with certainty that my natural method for coming off tramadol is very powerful, effective and safe.
Who am I and what are my credentials?
I’m a former opiate abuser that got clean and went on to become a Substance Abuse Counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP), where I helped many individuals come off hydrocodone, oxycodone, heroin and other opioids, and yes…even tramadol. I left that job over a year ago to pursue my own business in addiction recovery. I’ve since become a Strategic Intervention Coach, a Level 2 Qigong Instructor, an Advanced Food-Based Healing Instructor, and an Opiate Withdrawal and Recovery Specialist.
Nowadays a lot of my time is spent writing detailed and helpful “How-To” articles on many aspects of opiate addiction recovery, health, and wellness.
After writing a plethora of articles on getting off Rx opiates, heroin, Methadone and Suboxone, the time has come for me to show a lot of love to individuals struggling with tramadol dependence. I refuse to leave tramadol out! If you really want to know how to get off tramadol without withdrawal, it’s time to celebrate…because you’ve come to the right place, my friend.
I Can Help You End Your Addiction Once and For All
I want you to realize that I know what you’re going through.
Though I’ve never gone through tramadol withdrawal, I have been dependent on and suffered from withdrawal from the following drugs at different periods in my 17-year drug history:
- Rx opiates
- Paxil (a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor antidepressant)
Even though I’ve never been through tramadol withdrawal personally, I assure you I am an expert on the subject. I’ve dedicated my life to researching and writing about all of the most effective natural (as well as medication-based) ways to come off opioid and opioid-agonist drugs and medications. When it comes to tramadol, I know my stuff, and I’ve helped many individuals come off tramadol with ease while I worked as a counselor at the OTP.
You see, from my years of intense research, I’ve realized that withdrawal from opioids and opioid-agonist drugs such as tramadol doesn’t have to be physically or psychologically traumatic. Furthermore, I’ve learned that while medications can be very helpful, there is also a superabundance of extremely potent natural remedies for easing withdrawal symptoms. The things I’ve learned are very exciting, and it brings me great joy to share them with you, but first…let’s take a closer look at the “monster” we’re up against, shall we?
The Ugly Truth About Tramadol
Tramadol is a prescription medication used to treat mild to severe pain. Contrary to popular belief, tramadol is NOT a narcotic drug. Tramadol does not come from the opium poppy plant. Furthermore, tramadol will not show up as an opiate on a drug test. So how exactly does tramadol work?
Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic analgesic agent with opiate activity due to a low-affinity binding of the parent compound and higher affinity binding of the O-demethylated metabolite M1 to mu opioid receptors.
So basically, tramadol is a synthetic (man-made) drug that has opiate effects (pain relief, constipation, euphoria, respiratory depression, etc.) due to it binding to the same opioid receptors in the body that opioid analgesic drugs like Morphine and hydrocodone bind to. However, unlike opioid analgesics, tramadol is not currently scheduled as a controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Note: Unfortunately, doctors and other professionals should not have dismissed tramadol’s ability to cause addiction, dependence, and withdrawal as quickly as they did.
It turns out that coming off tramadol can be extremely difficult and dangerous…and here’s why:
- Since tramadol fills ‘mu’ opioid receptors in the brain, coming off tramadol can result in opioid-like withdrawal symptoms.
- Tramadol also inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine, so coming off tramadol can also induce symptoms similar to withdrawal from Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) and Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) drugs.
- Tramadol Withdrawal
And it’s for these reasons, my friends, that coming off tramadol can be such a nightmare. Though you’re only coming off one medication, depending on the tramadol dependence severity (dosage and length of use, unique biochemistry, physical and psychological health, age, and other drugs you might be taking), you could be prone to the following list of tramadol withdrawal symptoms in varying magnitudes:
- Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms (Typical):
- Sore and aching muscles and limbs
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Gastrointestinal (GI) distress
- Sweating, hot and cold flashes
- Note: Most of these opioid withdrawal symptoms are typical in varying degrees in most people coming off tramadol. Usually (though not always) the magnitude of tramadol withdrawal symptoms severity is directly proportional to the tramadol dependence severity.
- SSRI and SNRI Drug Withdrawal Symptoms (Atypical):
- Electric shock feelings
- Paranoia, anxiety, and panic
- Emotional instability
These two lists accurately portray the most common (though not all) of the possible tramadol withdrawal symptoms. As you can see, some of the symptoms from these two lists are identical, therefore, it can be difficult to ascertain whether or not you’re actually experiencing the atypical symptoms caused by the immediate cessation of SSRI and SNRI drugs, or merely the typical opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Note: If you’re coming off a high daily dose of tramadol, your chances of experiencing atypical symptoms are greater than someone who has used a low dose for a short period of time. Ultimately, the type of tramadol withdrawal you will likely experience is based on varying severities of dependence and biochemical uniqueness.
Don’t get discouraged… my simple Step-by-Step plan will teach you about natural, safe and powerful strategies for coming off tramadol that will give you hope, and more importantly…that work. Okay…this leads us to the “How-To” portion of the article. After reading it you’ll know how to get off tramadol without withdrawal. Furthermore, if you implement these strategies, you’ll be well on your way to coming off tramadol with ease. Freedom from tramadol dependence, health and happiness await you…
How to Get Off Tramadol Without Withdrawal
Whenever people ask me how to get off tramadol without withdrawal, I tell them my plan involves using a synergistic combination of natural methods, which include: tapering, supplements, exercise, and nutrition. The combination of strategies I’m about to give you can work extremely well for coming off tramadol without withdrawal.
If you skip even one of these five steps, the plan will be significantly reduced in efficacy. You will still be able to reduce tramadol withdrawal symptoms, however, it will be much harder to get off tramadol without withdrawal.
Step 1: Start tapering off tramadol
Tapering off tramadol is systematically reducing your daily dosage over a planned-out period of time. Coming off tramadol “cold-turkey” can be a huge system shock, and I don’t recommend it. Tapering off tramadol allows you to slowly reduce the amount of tramadol you take, thus reducing shock to your body. This gentle step-down approach, combined with my other natural methods, can result in you getting off tramadol without withdrawal.
Note: Since everyone brings to the table a different tramadol dependence severity and biochemical makeup, I cannot provide you with a “one size fits all” tapering off tramadol protocol. However, I can provide you with tapering guidelines and a sample tapering off tramadol schedule, and you can devise your own protocol based on your individual needs.
Tapering Off Tramadol Guidelines:
- The slower you taper off tramadol, the less tramadol withdrawal symptoms you will experience (typically).
- Individuals who have a relatively low tramadol dependence (e.g. 50-300 mg per day for 3-6 weeks) can taper off tramadol faster than someone with a larger tramadol dependence.
- At a high tramadol dosage (e.g. 1000 mg per day) you will be able to make larger and more frequent dose decreases (e.g. 20% decreases per week) than someone starting from a small tramadol dose (e.g. 250 mg).
- Don’t focus on the tramadol decreases in mg; focus on dropping by percentages of total tramadol dosage (e.g. 10% decreases daily for a fast taper, 5% decreases every two weeks for a slow taper).
- Take the least amount of tramadol as is necessary to prevent you from going into tramadol withdrawal (you’re not trying to kill pain, improve mood or get high…you’re only preventing sickness).
- If you don’t have strict discipline, I recommend asking a friend, spouse or family member you trust to dish out the allotted tramadol according to your taper regimen, that way you won’t be tempted to take more tramadol.
- The lower you go, the slower you should go.
Once you’ve reached your personal “threshold” (the amount of tramadol in which withdrawal symptoms become present regardless of taper speed), I recommend stopping for a period of time or slowing the taper down. At this point, you can start taking the recommended supplements from steps 4-5.
Remember that you’re coming off a medication that acts as an opioid-agonist and a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (so you need to adjust your taper to effectively stave off both types of withdrawal symptoms).
Tapering Off Tramadol Example – Man taking 800 mg of tramadol daily for three years:
This tramadol-dependent individual could taper at a rate of 10% decreases every week until he comes off tramadol completely. His tramadol taper would look like this:
Week 1 – 720 mg per day
Week 2 – 648 mg per day
Week 3 – 583 mg per day
week 4 – 524 mg per day
Week 5 – 472 mg per day
Week 6 – 425 mg per day
Week 7 – 382 mg per day
Week 8 – 344 mg per day
Week 9 – 309 mg per day
Week 10 – 278 mg per day
Week 11 – 250 mg per day
Week 12 – 225 mg per day
Week 13 – 202 mg per day
Week 14 – 182 mg per day
Week 15 – 164 mg per day
Week 16 – 147 mg per day
Week 17 – 132 mg per day
Week 18 – 119 mg per day
Week 19 – 107 mg per day
Week 20 – 97 mg per day
Week 21 – 87 mg per day
Week 22 – 78 mg per day
Week 23 – 70 mg per day
Week 24 – 64 mg per day
Week 25 – 57 mg per day
Week 26 – 51 mg per day
Week 27 – 46 mg per day
Week 28 – 42 mg per day
Week 29 – 38 mg per day
Week 30 – 34 mg per day
Week 31 – 30 mg per day
Week 32 – 27 mg per day
Week 33 – 24 mg per day
Week 34 – 22 mg per day
Week 35 – come off tramadol completely
Other Tips for Tapering Off Tramadol:
While tapering off tramadol in increments of 25, 12.5 or 6.25 mg per reduction, you can use a pill cutter to slice the tramadol into smaller chunks (2, 4 or 8).
If your taper is slower and you will be reducing in smaller increments (e.g. 1 mg), ask your physician to prescribe you Synapryn (liquid tramadol). Synapryn is available in both 5 mg and 10 mg tramadol liquid suspensions. It’s pretty easy and accurate using the 5 mg Synapryn to measure out a dose close to or at the exact tramadol mg. An oral dose medication syringe can be used to measure out the Synapryn.
Step 2: Start consuming a high amino acid diet
Coming off tramadol leads to a few significant biochemical imbalances in the brain. Since tramadol is both an opioid agonist as well as a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, tramadol withdrawal leads to numerous deficiencies in important mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically:
- Endorphins – A type of inhibitory (relaxing) neurotransmitter that acts as a natural painkiller (natural morphine).
- Serotonin – Another inhibitory chemical in the brain that helps you feel “emotionally relaxed”.
- Norepinephrine – An excitatory (stimulating) chemical messenger that simultaneously acts as a hormone. Also known as noradrenaline, it helps you focus and is effective at alleviating depression.
Note: Tapering off tramadol will significantly reduce these imbalances. Along with this strategy, eating a diet high in quality proteins and amino acid supplements can help to further enhance brain chemistry that’s been disrupted due to regular use of tramadol, and from coming off tramadol. Focus on eating at least 20-30 grams of quality protein 2-3 times per day while tapering off tramadol.
The following dietary guidelines can improve brain chemistry and ameliorate withdrawal symptoms induced by coming off tramadol:
- Eat quality proteins such as chicken, fish, turkey, shrimp, beef, cottage cheese etc.
- Consume plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Make sure to get adequate healthy fats in your diet.
- Focus on organic whole foods.
- Consume half your pounds of body weight in ounces of water per day (more if it’s hot out or if you’re exercising).
- Eliminate or significantly reduce sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Focus on turkey and shrimp because they are especially high in L-tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to 5-HTP in the brain; 5-HTP then naturally converts to serotonin.
Proteins are made up of amino acids, and a high amino acid diet can lead to increased amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain. Tapering off tramadol combined with eating a high amino acid diet can dramatically reduce tramadol withdrawal symptoms. However, you still have more to learn if you want to know how to get off tramadol without withdrawal…and that brings us to the next step.
Step 3: Start exercising
All drugs mimic different neurotransmitters in the brain, and tramadol specifically mimic endorphins, our natural painkillers (natural morphine). When tramadol fills your mu opioid receptors, your brain releases massive amounts of endorphins in quantities our bodies weren’t designed to handle. After taking tramadol for a period of time, the brain gets used to this artificial and massive supply of endorphins.
Tapering off tramadol can be difficult because even though you’re creating less drug-induced endorphins, your body does not supply you with the rest. This can lead to a massive endorphin deficiency, which makes you more susceptible to physical and emotional pain.
Note: When my patients used to ask me how to get off tramadol without withdrawal, I would always encourage them to exercise as part of their overall taper wellness plan. Swimming, jogging, walking, weight training and other forms of exercise can help your body produce endorphins within minutes.
Exercise can help you get off tramadol without withdrawal because it:
- Improves mood
- Boosts endorphins (natural painkillers)
- Improves sleep
- Reduces pain (both physical and emotional)
- Promotes well-being
- Reverses anxiety
- Reverses depression
- Increases energy
- Improves physique
- Boosts confidence
Step 4: Start taking kratom
Kratom is a beautiful tree (member of the coffee family) that is not regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the United States (making it legal), which has mu-opioid agonist qualities (like tramadol), that can without a doubt help you get off tramadol without withdrawal. Kratom eases opiate withdrawal symptoms in a fascinating way. Kratom is not an opiate, however, it is an opioid agonist. This means that it works in a similar fashion to tramadol, only without the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake qualities. Mitragynine, the major alkaloid in kratom, is a partial opioid agonist producing similar effects to morphine.
Note: An interesting minor alkaloid of kratom, 7-hyrdoxymitragynine, has been reported to be more potent than morphine. Both kratom alkaloids activate supraspinal mu- and delta- opioid receptors, thus kratom can be used as a powerful natural remedy for coming off tramadol without withdrawal.
How to Use Kratom:
As soon as you reach your “threshold” (the low dose where you start to feel tramadol withdrawal symptoms) in the taper, start taking kratom. Classic Red Bali is, in my opinion, the best kratom for tapering off tramadol without withdrawal. All strains of kratom work for coming off tramadol, but the Maeng Da is especially good at relieving symptoms and boosting mood. Since everyone is biochemically unique with varying severity’s of tramadol dependence, it is not possible to provide you with a perfect kratom dosage for tapering off tramadol.
However, the following guidelines will help you ascertain how much kratom to use for coming off tramadol without withdrawal:
- Lower kratom dosages of approx. 3-7 grams have more stimulating and mood-enhancing effects.
- At around 8 grams and up, kratom provides more sedating and painkilling effects.
- Kratom needs to be taken on an empty stomach for optimum absorption and efficacy.
- Taking kratom powder in grapefruit juice acts as a “potentiator” (amplifies the strength)
Since kratom is an opioid agonist, it can be habit-forming…and it can also lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms if you abuse it; only take as much kratom as is necessary to avoid tramadol withdrawal symptoms.
Step 5: Start taking an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement
Opiate Withdrawal Supplements may help you get off tramadol without withdrawal. These supplements contain a well-formulated blend of nutrients that have been shown to ease tramadol withdrawal symptoms. It’s a concentrated natural remedy for coming off tramadol that can significantly help you ease the following symptoms: anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal upset, depression, aching muscles and limbs, sweating, hot and cold flashes, fatigue, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), poor appetite, electric shock feelings, psychosis, paranoia, panic, agitation, nausea and more…
Note: If you really want to know how to get off tramadol without withdrawal, taking an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement is the final step in my natural detox plan. You have to use good judgment here regarding the timing of taking this incredible supplement. A few of the ingredients in Opiate Withdrawal Supplements increase serotonin naturally, so you’ll want to wait until you’re on a very low dose of tramadol (when you notice depression due to low serotonin levels) before taking the supplement.
Since Opiate Withdrawal Supplements contain ingredients that can increase serotonin, taking it while you’re not feeling the serotonin withdrawal from your taper can increase your chance of getting Serotonin Syndrome, though it’s extremely rare. However, since you will be in serotonin withdrawal after coming off tramadol completely, this is a safe and effective time to use an Opiate Withdrawal Supplement. If you want to use it while you’re on a low tapering dose, this is fine, just be sure to monitor how you’re feeling.
Note: If you can afford it, I also highly recommend taking this awesome supplement, because the benefits are just too good to pass up.
How to Get Off Tramadol Without Withdrawal Conclusion
Now that you know how to get off tramadol without withdrawal, I hope you have gained insight and motivation that will lead you to come off tramadol for good. I know it’s a lot of information to take in, but I assure you this plan can work miracles if done correctly.
Note: Please be advised that this is not medical advice and is for informational purposes only. You must talk to your physician before implementing any of the methods in this article. This is by far the most detailed and intricate “How-To” article I’ve written to date. Since tramadol has multiple actions, and since there is not a lot of information on using these natural methods for coming off tramadol, I felt the need to be very thorough. I developed this plan as a guide for you to use to get off tramadol without withdrawal. If some of my ideas don’t resonate with you, simply use what you like and leave the rest.