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Indian J Psychol Med. 2012 Jul;34(3):283-5. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.106038.

Tramadol dependence: a case series from India.

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Department of Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction Treatment Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India.

Abstract

Tramadol is an atypical, centrally acting, synthetic analgesic, acting through opioid and non-opioid systems. We present a series of seven cases, all men, who sought treatment at our centre for tramadol-dependence. The majority were using other opioids at some point in their lives. Their tramadol use had begun with a prescription of tramadol for opioid detoxification, for headache and body pains, and as an alternative to injectable opioids. The doses of tramadol used varied from 50 to 1500 mg per day. All subjects reported an experience of euphoria with tramadol use. Four patients were put on naltrexone, but had poor compliance. This case series underscores the need for caution, while using tramadol in substance-dependent patients.

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Abuse; dependence; series; tramadol

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