Tapentadol 100mg and Cold Turkey
Firstly developing the habit of Tapentadol is by itself a grave mistake anybody can make. But then if you are in a medical condition which requires you to take Tapentadol on regular basis then you hardly can do anything about it. The opioid analgesic is known to relieve you from moderate to severe pain (both chronic & acute) within no time. This property of the drug makes it a double-edged sword as the subject (patient) who is prescribed with the drug unknowingly crosses the fine line between therapy and addiction. After few months of therapy of Tapentadol the drug becomes part of his nervous system. The tolerance to the drug increases and the subject tends to take higher doses or voluntarily increases the frequency of the drug. This habit soon gets into an overdrive and triggers addiction!
Once the body and nervous system get addicted the tolerance level to the drug increases by every passing day. This prompts the user to go for higher dose with increased frequency. Even the brain adjusts itself chemically to the constant presence of drug in the system. It starts regulating itself according to the rising and waning effect of the drug. When the user suddenly stops the intake of drug the brain goes berserk resulting in severe physical and psychological effects. This abrupt stopping of the drug is called “Cold Turkey!”
Some of the alarming symptoms of Cold Turkey withdrawal are:
- Loss of appetite
- Erratic Mood Swings
- Muscle Pain
- Constant craving for the drug
Instead of going Cold Turkey it is always easier for the subject to undergo a slow tapering process of Tramadol de-addiction. In this you slowly cut down on the number of tablets by one or two per day. Gradually the doses are tapered down to bare minimum along with psychological therapy sessions and other physical activities that keep the subject engaged. This reduces the craving to a great extent. The rehab environment and affable staff take care of the subject as if a nanny takes care of the child. They monitor every movement and recovery progress of the subject from the time he/she gets admitted.
Active support from friends, relatives and social group of the subject plays a vital role in pulling out the subject from the jaws of addiction.