It is no secret that more and more people are struggling with a problem of drug deaths. But according to a scientist, there is a certain painkiller that is taking more lives than even heroin.
Northern Ireland’s state pathologist, Professor Jack Crane, says a drug called Tramadol is guilty of charging more lives than illegal drugs. Tramadol could be known on some sides as its brand names – Ultram or ConZip. The medication prescribed by the doctor is similar to an opiate. It is usually prescribed for pain relief.
Tramadol works in the brain, specifically in the focal sensory system. It changes the way the body feels and reacts to pain. Although the analgesic is effective if taken as prescribed, the problem arises when patients mix the prescription drug with alcohol or other medications. Specialists in Northern Ireland connected 33 deaths to Tramadol only last year.
Crane explained: “I can not imagine how people do not recognize how conceivably dangerous Tramadol is. I think this is because it is a drug that is still prescribed by many doctors – people accept that it is safe.
Side Effects of Tramadol
Although rare, Tramadol has a long list of possible side effects. Reactions to medication may include:
- Threw up
- Severe stomach upset
- Rash, tingling, or swelling
- Difficulty urinating
- Loss of hunger
- Slow or shallow breathing
Patients taking Tramadol are increasingly dependent on their ability to relieve pain, as do opiods. If Tramadol is taken in excess, a patient may become physically and mentally dependent on the drug. Deaths from Tramadol occur mainly from patients who mix the drug with other medications or substances. In 2014 in Northern Ireland, Tramadol was renamed and made illicitly without a prescription. Many scientists, such as Crane, are now pushing for stricter limitations on the dangerous drug.
If you are a consumer of this medication, ask for more detailed information about it to your doctor or look for sources of information that can help you more closely to see if you should eliminate your consumption immediately.