... for me to be concerned about addiction or dependency on tramadol?
Maybe, you're right on the borderline. I think it depends on how easily you get hooked on things. Do you find yourself really looking forward to taking it? Not just for the pain relief, but for how it makes you feel. If so you're getting hooked. If you sit there and imagine never taking it again, does that fill you with fear, anxiety, or dread? Can you just skip a week, and not have it bother you? Or suppose I told you that yes, you will definitely get addicted even at 3 times a week. Will that make you feel panicky inside?
Answer these questions, and you'll have a better idea if you're starting to get hooked. And remember, Tramadol may not technically be on opiate, but it's just as addicting as one, and the wds to quit are worse.
Thor makes some good points. If you experience any kind of symptoms other than back pain when you don't take it then you may be developing a dependence. As long as you are taking as prescribed or less than prescribed, I don't believe you need to worry about addiction per say. You are on a low enough dose at one a day, 3 or 4 times a week, that I wouldn't worry about it really. If you find your mind craving it, then back off.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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