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Tramadol Withdrawal

How Long Do Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

It is difficult to predict how long a person might experience tramadol withdrawal. Often, people cannot tolerate the withdrawal symptoms and begin taking the medication again, making it impossible to know how long the symptoms would have lasted. Several factors, such as the tramadol dosage, how long you have been taking the medication, and other individual factors, may affect how long symptoms of tramadol withdrawal last.
Withdrawal symptoms likely will last longer (but will be less severe) for people who do not clear tramadol from the body as quickly as normal, such as people with liver or kidney disease or the elderly. Some symptoms probably have a shorter duration (but are more intense) for healthy, young people.

Limiting Withdrawal From Tramadol

Tramadol withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant. It can be so uncomfortable that people start taking the drug again in order to relieve these symptoms. In order to limit withdrawal, you should not stop taking tramadol "cold turkey." Your healthcare provider can slowly decrease your dose at a rate that helps minimize symptoms (most healthcare providers will be more than willing to help you stop taking the drug). Remember, withdrawal from tramadol is not necessarily a symptom of abuse and you should not be embarrassed to ask for help in this matter.
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