How Long Will Tramadol Stay in My Body?

Tramadol is a prescription opiate analgesic that many people rely on for a multitude of medical procedures. However, because of its potent properties, signs of its use can continue to stay in one’s body even long after the direct effects of the drugs have worn off. This means it can sometimes cause drug test results to come back with surprising results. Knowing how long Tramadol can last in the body, as well as the different ways in which tests for it are conducted, can help inform each individual of the various medical effects of Tramadol and how it can continue to impact their lives through its use. 

What Is Tramadol Used For? 

Tramadol is a prescription drug that is primarily used for acute moderate to severe pain. This is most commonly prescribed for pain following surgical procedures, but can also be provided for other severe pain levels for limited times while the body is given a chance to heal. However, Tramadol can be prescribed to address chronic pains as well, depending on the individual. While this kind of prescription is less common, it is still possible and more likely to be found in unique circumstances, such as pains while also battling cancer. However, despite its use in managing pain, it is still highly addictive even while being used under a proper prescription. 

How Does It Work?

Like most pain medications, Tramadol works by attaching itself to various brain receptors in order to block the pain signals from the nervous system to the brain, while also increasing serotonin levels. This results in a more relaxed state as well as helping to alleviate one’s perception of pain. However, they work by blocking one’s ability to recognize pain and do not work to fix whatever is causing the pain in the first place. That is, just because one does not feel pain doesn’t mean that there isn’t still healing to be done. Because they are extremely effective opiate drugs, they can also be extraordinarily habit-forming, which is why they are very rarely prescribed for long-term use. It is paramount that each individual constantly monitors their relationship with these prescription pain medications while under their effects to help prevent any developing addictions to these substances. 

Different Forms and Strengths of Tramadol

Tramadol can remain in one’s system for varying lengths of time depending on a few factors, including the strength of the doses that an individual is taking. “How long does it take for Tramadol to wear off?” is a common question — the answer is that it will also depend on this strength, as well as how the dose was administered. Tramadol can come in the form of tablets, capsules, drops, or injections, each of which can change how long it takes for Tramadol to wear off. These are fast-acting variants, which typically range from a dose of 50 to 100mg. However, slow-release capsules are also available for dealing with ongoing, chronic pains, with doses ranging from 100 to 300mg. 

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?

Tramadol can reach its peak effectiveness within about two or three hours after administration to help cope with pain. However, Tramadol can remain in one’s system for long after these pain-relieving effects have worn off. A Tramadol half-life is about six to seven hours, meaning it takes about that long for half of the dose to dissipate. This means that Tramadol can remain in one’s system for up to 72 hours. However, it can still be detectable for long after this time period, depending on the test administered to find traces of it. Blood, saliva, urine, and hair can all still retain traces of Tramadol for varying amounts of time. 

  1. Blood: Traces can remain for up to 35 hours

  2. Saliva: Traces can remain for two days

  3. Urine: Detectable for four days

  4. Hair: Detectable for up to 30 days

These time frames will depend on each person and may have some variance. However, there isn’t a proven practice for how to get Tramadol out of your system fast, and it is important to be prepared for these timeframes, depending on the method of testing. Therefore, asking, “How long does Tramadol last?” can have a number of different answers depending on how long an individual will feel the effects of the drugs, as well as how long it stays in one’s body and testing method.  

What Can Affect How Long Tramadol Stays in Your Body?

There are several variables for how long Tramadol will stay in the body. Some of the factors include:

  1. Age

  2. Sex

  3. Dosage

  4. Administration Route

  5. Metabolism

  6. Frequency of use

  7. Overall health and organ function

  8. Presence or use of other drugs or medications

Types of Testing for Tramadol

Wondering, “Does Tramadol show up in a urine test?” is a reasonable question. The short answer is “yes,” but that also isn’t the only way to test for the presence of Tramadol. While Tramadol may not appear on standard five or ten-panel tests, specialized tests designed to detect Tramadol can be very effective. Saliva and urine tests involve collecting a sample and testing on the sample in a designated laboratory, and hair tests involve testing the follicles of hair for incredibly accurate results. Each of these tests is conducted by searching for metabolites — the result the body creates from breaking down opiates — to determine if they have been used within a certain time frame. While it is also possible to test for the use of Tramadol via a blood test, this is much less common due to the invasive nature of drawing blood from a person. 

How Do You Detox From Tramadol?

Detoxing from one’s Tramadol use can be a difficult process due to its nature as an addictive opiate. Detoxing from Tramadol first includes identifying when one’s use of the drug is going beyond the confines of the prescription, or if feelings of craving the drug or looking forward to the next dose become invasive or persistent thoughts. Identifying these changing relationships with Tramadol can be indicative that it may be time to find a new way to help alleviate one’s pain. Discussing these issues with one’s doctor or medical facility can help better inform the next step. 

Detoxing from Tramadol as a whole involves not just ceasing one’s use of the substance, but also preparing for the various side effects and withdrawal symptoms that may come after. Coupled with a degree of therapy to help mitigate urges, cravings, and other physical and emotional complications that come as a result of the cessation of any addictive substance, detox can be a difficult, but very possible process. 

What Are the Side Effects of Tramadol?

There are a number of side effects of Tramadol that any person using the drug should be aware of. While each individual may have their own experience with Tramadol, there are common symptoms that can be found across users of the drug. These symptoms include:

  1. Headaches

  2. Dizziness

  3. Drowsiness

  4. Nausea

  5. Vomiting

  6. Diarrhea

  7. Constipation

  8. Sweating

  9. Nervousness

  10. Anxiety

  11. Mood Swings

Identifying these side effects should be reported to one’s doctor or caretaker in order to effectively and safely address each of them. 

How Is Tramadol Addiction Treated?

An addiction to Tramadol is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to prevent further dependence from developing. Treatment first begins with a successful detox, removing all traces of the addictive substance from one’s body while providing support to help cope with any difficult withdrawal symptoms that may be present. This is coupled with education about how to cope with the cravings and urges that will be present throughout the lengthy recovery process, working to find both successful grounding strategies and coping strategies as well as effective cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches to help prevent relapse. This is also best done within a dedicated recovery sphere while an individual learns their own best practices alongside like-minded individuals who may be undergoing their own recovery from addiction and chasing similar goals, creating a supportive and enriching environment. 


Tramadol is a highly addictive opiate that can be habit-forming whether it is being used for recreational use or even under a prescription. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to Tramadol or any other opiates, Chateau Recovery can help you take the first step towards your sober future today. We offer an array of therapeutic approaches, ranging from individual and group therapy to art therapy, somatic experiencing, and several other personalized approaches to help you find your own best practices for coping with addiction. Our facility is situated in a beautiful, scenic space to help you detach from any outside stressors, promoting your ability to focus on your own recovery and care. For more information on the various ways in which we can help you start your journey to sobriety, or to speak to a caring, trained staff member about your unique experiences, call us today at (435) 222-5225.