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Doctors love tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet) because it is perceived as safer than narcotics like hydrocodone (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc.) or oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc). Many prescribers are unaware of the withdrawal reaction that can occur when people try to stop tramadol suddenly.

There is a sanitized term for this extremely disorienting condition: “discontinuation syndrome.” It does not begin to describe what some people go through when trying to stop tramadol. At last count there are over 300 comments about this problem with this article. SomeĀ are truly hair raising. To read them all, click on the box at the bottom of this page labeled “Older Comments.” But first, the question that started this thread:

Q. I have been taking Ultracet (tramadol) for several years for back pain. I was taking 100 mg three times a day as prescribed. The pain is better and I tried stopping the tramadol and had a terrible reaction.

I went to my internist who advised that I stop taking the tramadol over a period of time. I am now taking 50 mg three times a day but cannot get any lower than that without experiencing nerve twitches in my legs and intense jitteriness that interferes with my sleep.

Have you heard of similar problems and do you know of any way to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms without getting hooked on another medication?

A. Tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet, Rybix ODT, Ryzolt) is a strong pain reliever that was originally thought to have opioid-like activity without the same potential to cause addiction as morphine or similar narcotics. To quote the “experts,” tramadol was thought to have a “low potential for abuse.” In other words, it wasn’t supposed to cause physical dependence or produce a “withdrawal syndrome.”

It turns out the drug is a lot more complicated than many experts first believed. In addition to its analgesic action via opioid receptors in the brain, tramadol exerts a profound effect on other neurochemistry. That means that brain chemicals like serotonin and norepinephrine are profoundly impacted by tramadol. Sudden discontinuation can bring on a host of symptoms including:

Tramadol Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety, mood swings, irritability
  • Brain zaps (shock-like sensations), tingling
  • Sweating, chills, goose bumps, shivering
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia, sleeping difficulties, nightmares
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations, unusual thoughts
  • Aggresiveness

Some of these symptoms may persist longer than many health professionals realize and there is no one-size-fits-all tapering program. People vary greatly in the way their bodies adapt and recover. It may take several months to gradually wean yourself from tramadol. You should not attempt this on your own. A health professional who understands the complexity of the drug may be essential.

Many of the withdrawal symptoms associated with tramadol are reminiscent of those linked to sudden discontinuation of antidepressants like sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) or venlafaxine (Effexor). Symptoms can include dizziness that will not quit, brain “zaps” or “shivers” that are a bit like electrical shock-like sensations, sweating, insomnia, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Read stories from readers who tried to get off antidepressants like duloxetine (Cymbalta) at this link.

The FDA has not provided physicians with clear guidelines on how to phase off such drugs. We frequently see recommendations like “gradual withdrawal,” but no one bothers to provide clear instructions about what that really means. We’re really sorry that we don’t have any great insight on this process either. Readers have shared their own solutions at this link.

Although many people can relieve their acute or chronic pain with tramadol, here are some symptoms to be aware of while taking this medication.

Tramadol Side Effects:

  • Nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue
  • Restless legs
  • itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating, flushing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping, insomnia
  • Skin rash
  • Serotonin syndrome

Please note serotonin syndrome above. This can be a life-threatening situation and can be precipitated if tramadol is combined with other medications such as “triptans” prescribed for migraine headaches or antidepressants that affect serotonin. ALWAYS check with a pharmacist about the drug interactions before combining tramadol with any other medication. To learn more about serotonin syndrome, click here and here!

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  1. Ryan

    I was taking tramadol for 5 years because of back and leg pain. I tried to ween off them and go cold turkey, both were very hard. I’ve never felt as bad as I did when I went cold turkey. I was living in Ireland at the time and I tried for 6 months to stop taking them and I just couldn’t because the only relief to the pain was taking them again, it felt like my skeleton was trying to jump out of my skin. I decided to immigrate to America and get away from the access, environment and medical assistance that was so clearly not helping me and after traveling for like 30 hours and then working (plumbing, I worked in an marketing in Ireland) and being occupied mentally and physically I slept normally and had little to no withdrawal symptoms. So I believe an environment change is a great help to this horrible problem, in my experience.

  2. Elizabeth

    I took tramadol for only a month for chronic pain. I wasn’t impressed with it at all! It barely relieved my pain it just made me tired and disoriented. I stopped cold turkey 8 days ago and I’m just now ALMOST feeling better. For 5 days I dealt with interrupted sleep due to sweating and nightmares, flu symptoms, headaches, extreme confusion, and an off/on feeling of despair.
    Now I would like to share how I have been combating the depression, nightmares and lack of energy. Aside from my wonderful family, I know that if it were not for my weed and my dogs I would have been extremely suicidal the first few days!! Every time I start to feel sad/depressed/confused/anxious I smoke a bowl and pet/cuddle my dogs (3 rottweilers) and within minutes I am happy and ready to be active again:) On day 8 I’m still battling the Mild bouts of depression. I am NOT used to this. I always pride myself on how healthy I am mentally and physically.I read this could last several more weeks or months but I am ready to be back to normal asap so I am now moving on to the 2nd phase of my “seratonin rehabilitation” and that is:
    Magic Mushrooms! If you don’t know why, Google it and read the thousands of articles by Johns Hopkins University on their controlled group studies that have proven Magic Mushrooms CURE most mental illnesses, depression(stabilizes seratonin and dopamine levels), Alzheimers, and much more!!! When I get back from my happy place (should have them in a few weeks) I will post an update. happy place is colorful electrified amusement park lined and filled with dancing mushrooms and fun rides. My favorite ride is the go-karts on the racetrack in the clouds;-) Just thinking about it makes me feel better!

  3. greg
    new jersey

    Took tamadol for 4 months. Weened from 300 to 75ml over 2 weeks. Went cold turkey. Headache, nightmares, insomnia. Crippling gunshot wound like stomach pain with diarrhea. Never take tramadol. You could have a good experience and think its OK. No. Your a fool who has not withdrawn if you advocate this poison. If I didn’t have people to care for I would have killed myself.

  4. Virginia

    I read all of the posts and I’m so sorry that so many people are suffering so badly. I have been on tramadol for two years now post stroke like episode resulting in my right side of my body having nerve problems. My whole right arm and my right foot to knee have burning pain.

    The doctors checked everything and they don’t know why I am experiencing such severe nerve pain. No stroke, no MS, no pinched nerve. Nothing. Just no reflexes in my foot.

    I was prescribe tramadol to help with the burning pain. 50mg to start four times a day. It only decreased the pain from a 9 or 10 to a 8 or 7 (on a pain scale of 1-10). Next visit to doctor boosted it to 100 mg four times a day if needed (prn). Again that only took the top of the pain away. I was always in pain.

    Slowly though my leg and arm started to improve so that the pain was at about a 7 when it was bad. The tramadol did have other side effects: chronic constipation, dry mouth, improved mood, difficulty emptying bladder. Then…. I started to notice when I didn’t take the scheduled pain medication my rectum felt terrible and at night if I skipped my pm dose (I did this if I felt good enough and if it was bedtime. While I am sleeping don’t experience the pain and burning.) I felt like my legs and whole body were jumpy, jittery, and I needed to shake them and jerk them to relieve whatever was happening.

    I quickly realized I needed to taper back down o 50mg QID PRN (four times a day if needed). That helped. This past month I’ve decided that I need to get off this stuff because my inability to empty my bladder and to recognize that it is full has caused multiple bladder infections and the bacteria I have in my bladder is multi drug resistant, scary. I’m cutting my 50mg pills in half and this is difficult to do precisely because they don’t cut easily.

    The last two days I’ve felt like I’ve had the flu. Headache, body aches, fatigue, and the ever present strange sensations in my rectum. Thank goodness I took the last two days off from work.

    The strange thing about tapering off is that none of the internal medical doctors, my regular primary doctors, told me how to taper off. They didn’t offer a schedule to follow. I guess if you run into the same thing I would try consulting your pharmacist to get a taper schedule and a good pill cutter. One other word of advise is to it go cold turkey. Some medications, when stopped abruptly, can cause severe brain problems that could be long lasting. I don’t know if tramadol is one if them but it’s better to taper off, hands down. Best of luck to you if you are reading this for help and guidance. Wish me luck too as I get off tramadol and try to cure my I’ll bladder!

    • Marie

      I’ve been taking tramadol for a few years now for fibromyalgia. That’s 50 mg 3 x a day. Well when the pain is bad I take more which has gotten me in trouble. Yes it works but When I run out I notice each time I experience restlessness ESP in the legs. Happened last night and now. I’m actually rocking back and forth and it’s 3 am! Went through hell the other night. Had maybe 10 mins of sleep. Like someone mentioned having flu like symptoms and that heaviness in my rectum. It’s so bad. I take ambien to sleep and I still can’t stay asleep due to the jumpy sensations in my legs and arms. And to think tramadol is causing all of this. I really do think I’m havin the flu cause I’m just getting over a sinus infection. Chills and sweats. Freezing all the time. This is awful. I’m so tired but can’t stop my legs from feeling this way. I took magnesium thinking it would help. No!!! And what’s with the feeling of heaviness around my rectum?? Hopefully I’ll b able to get my refill tomorrow. Can’t take one more night like this!!

  5. Elizabeth

    I originally got hold of some Tramadol over the counter in Thailand. I had never heard of it but could t get any codine so they suggest Tramadol instead. It was purely for reactional use and at first had no issues just stopping when it ran out. Then I found a website that would deliver to Australia (if they could get it thought customs) and started takeing 2x doses of 200mg at a time (and it felt great) but only on the weekend, so it wouldn’t effect my job. Then again ran out and had no real withdrawals more then likely because it wasnt a daily thing. Now I have just reordered some off the internet and have started taking it daily for about 3-4 weeks mainly due to boredome at work to be compleaty honest. It wasn’t making me totally high but enough to take the edge off. Then 3 days ago I stopped taking to all together for no other reason then because I had a big weekend coming up and didn’t want to be sleepy (because I have never slept so better on the stuff).
    Now day 4 is here and the withdrawals have started the worst are the chills the feeling hot and cold constantly, the constant brain zaps which are driving me crazy, not sleeping and flu like symptoms to the point my boyfriend is asking if I’m coming down with something.
    So for me the lesson learnt here is I will be stopping the daily use and if on the weekend bored at home I might drop a couple to liven up the day and just deal with the hang over the next day. It’s defiantly not the worst drug withdrawals I’ve experiancex Valium is definitely worse in terms of sleeping and emotional hell. My advice don’t start Its not worth the damage to the brain and body. Good luck. Can’t wait until the brain zaps stop.

  6. Kirstie

    Hi all came across this page after a bad day and thinking it may have been the tramadol.
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia the tramadol some days work and others don’t if i have a good day I try not to take any lol that didn’t go to plan today.
    After a busy week I planned to do as little as possible to rest up.
    Saturday was fine tablets on time and hardest thing I had to do was push a supermarket trolley.
    Sunday I didn’t take any tramadol when I woke up 8am, I didn’t feel in bad pain.
    11am and I went down hill I felt tired felt like I was getting flu ended up asleep on the sofa 12-3:30pm šŸ˜± felt

    • Kirstie

      Within hours I felt like I was coming down with flu hot cold goosebumps, I had some tramadol at 5pm my mood had disintegrated I was crying for no reason, happy then extremely sad even thinking of suicide. Decided to google what was wrong with me and came across this post. One things for sure I won’t be going cold turkey again one step at a time


    I have been addicted to opiate painkillers for 6 years now. First started taking darvocet for the fun of it, vicodin and alcohol to party more. Then the steady increase of purchasing vicodin off the street. Moved up to norco, 10mg tablets. It started off little, then before I knew it, it exploded. When those weren’t available, I found tramadol. Took those when anything else wasn’t available. Before I knew it, I was taking up to 14 10mg tabs of norco a day, mixed with 6-10 50mg tramadols. I looked in the mirror one day and realized I hated who I was. My relationship was failing, my life was going downhill, my health, my bank account….I was on the brink of losing everything. But I didn’t stop.

    One day I decided that when I was out of my latest stock of norco, I was going yo stop them and stick with tramadol to help with the norco withdrawals. I had read that the tramadol was supposed to lessen the effects of the norco withdrawal.

    It did, but when the tramadol was gone, all hell broke loose. See, the problem is that along with many other people, tramadol was “supposed” to not have any withdrawal symptoms because it simply was not an addictive drug. That’s just wrong. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. It does help with pain, if it’s a legitamate pain you have. But when you decide one day yo stop taking it, you will wish you had never picked it up in the first place. I never NEEDED the medications… life just quickly got out of control. Fast.

    The point of this is that the withdrawal from tramadol, imo, is far worse than the withdrawal from norco or anything else that I have ever tried. The restless legs, the anxiety, the nausea, the tingles, the brain zaps.

    It’s a never ending list of the crap you feel. And you definitely feel like crap. But coming off of them is possible. It’s a tough road, but it is possible. And you can do it. If it’s a drug that works for you and you have no problems with your drug use, then that’s great. I wish I was more like you. But if you’re like the rest of us that can’t control our use, then stay away from tramadol. It’s a trap. Don’t believe the doctors when they tell you it’s not addictive. Because while you may not get the high from tramadol like you get from any other opiate, your body will still crave it

    Sorry for the long post. I just wanted to put my story and my feelings out for everyone else to see. I now know I’m not alone in this journey I am taking and I want others to know that they are not alone too.

    Thank you.

  8. D

    In looking at the side effects of taking tramadol I want to correct the article. Tramadol itself treat restless legs and DOES not cause it. Rather, those on it who stop cold turkey suffer it greatly as a WD symptom. Tramadol is very helpful in treating most types of restlessness. Quite contrary to what the article says is a side effect. rather, it should be put under withdrawal symptoms on the top as a priority as it the restlessness is one of the biggest reasons people relapse.

  9. D

    I think the symptoms listed are definitely common in tramadol withdrawal. However, the biggest problem (issue) I believe many people have in getting off specifically an agent like tramadol is the extreme restlessness, along with RLS, that makes sleeping almost impossible.
    I had terrible akathisia like symptoms getting off tramadol. While tramadol works wonders for treating those with restless legs, it also causes rebound problems when withdrawing. Also, tramadol unique makeup make it complex as a drug in understanding truly it’s real mechanisms. It acts not just as an opiate, but also a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. I believe this plays a role in treatment of pain, but also mood and antidepressant properties.

  10. River1962

    I was prescribed Tramadol 4 months ago for hip pain. I’ve taken 200 mg max, 100 mg at times and a few days with none at all. About 3 weeks ago I decided I might need a break; Decided not to request a refill when the last prescription was finished. As I type it is Saturday. Thursday evening was my last dose of 100 mg. I decided going into a long 3-day weekend would help as I wanted to avoid withdrawal affecting my job. Friday was my first day off the pills. Felt like garbage all day. Low grade headache; vision seemed weird. I had not gotten enough sleep the previous night (no fault of the Tramadol) so that didn’t help. Took 800 mg Ibuprofen and that helped a bit but a short nap after leaving work early helped. Friday night just felt out of it; not overly horrible but not great. Hoped I would get a good night sleep. Not! Started out with the dreaded restless legs but that seemed to subside quickly but then couldn’t sleep….Would dose off and wake up…..all night long. Vivid dreams…..alternating between freezing to death and burning up. Finally the night was over. Today, Saturday hasn’t been too bad. I’ve wanted to nap but still restless. No headache today, vision is better. Some dizziness and the cold symptoms….stuffy nose and sneezing. Lots of odd emotions……sadness, happiness…looking back over the past 4 months….I have to tell myself I didn’t miss out on stuff like a was on a drunken episode……the past 4 months have been great. Maybe I am lucky……I took a break back in early August replacing Tramadol with Vicodin for about 10 days and since then, like I stated above, it has been either 100 or 200 mg a day with a few days I skipped. Hopefully I will get a better sleep tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have taken more than me for a longer period. It must be rough.

    • River1962

      Just as a follow-up…..Saturday night (night #2) was not as bad as Friday night. Restless legs lasted for about and hour….no hot/cold episodes and less waking up and dreams. Still, woke up Sunday (Day 3 without Tramadol) worn out. 250 mile trip to visit friends for a few hours and return…..was a good trip. No dizziness just the lingering cold symptoms and these darn chills! No obsession with thinking about what if I had some Tramadol? Why didn’t I get a refill? etc. Gambled and drank a large coffee (with espresso shot) on the road about 10 pm to keep me awake. Went to bed around 11:30 pm and right to sleep. Awoke around 1 am, legs were burning….changed into shorts and still burning……moved to guest bedroom and fell asleep….pretty good sleep so hope I am close to getting a normal night’s sleep. So far, today (Day 4 without) is going OK. Still emotional episodes but not sure if related to the med or not…

  11. Lexi

    I have taken Tramadol on and off for years. I have back problems and pain, endometriosis, and most recently, kidney stones. When I’m dealing with extreme pain I’m taking 100 mg every four hours (which is six times a day). I have no side effects at all from the tramadol. I never have.

    In fact, it is my preferred pain medication because codeine and Vicodin make me sick and out of it. Taking Tramadol allows me to do what I need to do in a day (work, drive, think straight) without pain. It also allows me to get through passing a kidney stone without having to go to the emergency room (which, if you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you’ll understand why that’s valuable).

    I’ve gone on and off the drug several times without any sort of withdrawal effects. I take it randomly as needed, sometimes a lot (as mentioned for kidney stones), sometimes once a day, and some days not at all. It would seem by looking at this article and the comments that I am in the minority here. I just wanted to speak up and say that for me it’s been a godsend, and I definitely think people should try it if they’re experiencing severe or chronic pain. Drugs have different effects on different people. I’m really thankful that, in my experience, I have nothing negative to say about Tramadol, and I will continue to use it because for me it really works. Best of luck to everyone.

  12. TP

    I have my 94 year old dad on this while he is doing therapy for 3 months. He has back problems. He only takes 2 or 3 50 mg doses a day. Is that going to cause a problem when he is finished with therapy and he stops taking. Dr. has him on it as prn. But during therapy he gets it regularly to take the edge off during his extra activity.

  13. Nicola

    i found tramadol over the counter in Mexico and thought it to be awesome ….
    Until , I realized I required them dependent like. Now I am plane old sick of being medicated and stopped with minor discomfort . Scale 1-10
    I will say 5 for withdrawal .

  14. Niia

    Hi everyone! It has now been a full day since I’ve stopped taking the tremadol. I ended at 50 mg once a day and then I completely stopped. The only symptom I’m having so far is constant sneezing and being unable to sleep. I was taking tremadol for only 4 months! After reading every posts I kinda hate that I even started taking it! I’ll keep everyone updated as the days past! Hopefully my withdrawal symptoms are manageable because whether they are or not I will NOT BE TAKING TREMADOL AGAIN! So let the suffering begin

  15. mary

    I am 9 weeks off of Tramadol. I started taking it 3+ years ago, after getting off of oxycodone and morphine for back/tailbone pain. The doctor assured me it was not a narcotic, but it got moved into that Schedule about a year later. I was taking 50 mg. 4x daily, down from 8x daily 2 months before. The withdrawals were fatigue and constant sneezing, so I went cold turkey after tapering down to 2 for a few days. OMG! I did not sleep for 3 weeks unless I drugged myself with either Lorazapam, Benedryl, or Tizanadine, along with Gabapentin, and only then for an hour the first week, and maybe up to 3 or 4 hours by the third. The brain zaps were unbelievable, like fireworks. I finally stopped the torturous cough (OTC cough syrup with DM really helps) at about 8 weeks off. My doctor prescribed something for restless legs that helped too. Someone called it the Devil Drug, and they were right! Oxy was much easier to withdraw from than Tramadol.

  16. vince c
    United States

    Can anyone answer my question\? I have been taking tramadol for about 2 years but all together before I got clean about 10 years I have recently been experiencing needle like symptoms numbness and tingling on my left side and back area why is this happening? I know I shouldn’t be addicted to them again but please someone give me advice!

  17. Cindy M. Black
    Seattle, WA

    Good Grief! Thank you, Peoples Pharmacy. I take no Rx meds and can’t imagine what horrible circumstances it would take to make me start. Every one of ’em has serious side effects and/or nasty little surprises like in this story. You are doing the public a huge, huge service by warning about stuff like this. It is certainly more than most doctors would (could) do.

  18. Caroline

    I must say it is rathr destirbuing when you read what people are going through the withdrawal of tramadol I have only been taking it for 14 days and I have to stop, the vomiting and loss of appetite it terrible I have lost 12lb in those days can’t eat being sick bringing up just water tha nausea is horrendous and that just 14 days when people have been on this for months and years I have stopped and an suffering from most of the symptoms you get with withdrawal but I will put up with this till the he’ll is over I pity the people who have a longer way to go we have to weigh up what is important yes we want the pain to go away but at what cost it ain’t worth it.

  19. Brian
    Tucson AZ

    So kinda scared of posting this to people who I do not know but after reading some comments I want to share my story so it can help others. I am 33 years of age but all my pain started when I was 29. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes with that a year later came Diabetic neuropathy. I would never wish this pain on anyone. My feet hurt to the point where I can not walk etc eat. I tired evening that was supposed to work but didn’t do anything for me. Than finally went to pain management and I was given oxycodone 15 mg 4 times a day.

    For almost two years now I been on the drug thought it was a life save because all my pain went away while I am taking the drug. But soon after came all the side effects My feet started to swell up while I slept I itch very bad throughout the day and very bad constipation. Soon after that I found out the pain management did not go above my oxycodone 15 mg and my body started to crave more because it got used to it. So I started taking 60 pills a week and if you do the math that’s 120 in two weeks and that was supposed to last me a month. So with that started my withdraws and man this was hell just after one day of not taking my pills I was in a bad spot. So bad I started doctor shopping meaning I went to many places lying just to get Percocet.

    I struck out sometimes and some docs felt bad and helped me out. Did this for 3 months until I came across one doctor who came back with some papers and showed me all my pain pills I was getting. See here in Arizona everything you get gets sent to a database where all doctors can see. Guess others just didn’t do it for some reason. So I had to go to an ER where they have a withdraw program but I just went there for mess to get me to pass the withdraws. I ended up getting back on oxy til all my symptoms started again but worse. So I had my wife get me some tramadol and started taking 50 mg but taking 3- 4 at a time.

    I will say this I do not understand why people say the drug does not work I am telling you from experience it does. All my symptoms while on oxycodone went away and life became great again. I have my pain appointment this Monday and I am telling her that I want 200 mg of tram with 4 times a day. I feel like this is going to help me more than oxy. Oxycodone in the long run is truly hell. What makes it worse is that the doctors know if you take the drug long term what it does but they treat you like a addict and stop helping you it’s a damn shame. To me the real problem are the doctors shit get my pain take the drugs for two years and see what happens. I hope this can help people and hopefully show you that the really strong pain meds are so hard to get off cause of many reasons.

    • AR

      So I’ve been taking tramadol for about a week now (I think, not sure because my mind hasn’t been functioning so well lately), and decided to drop it all a couple days ago. Now I’m so everywhere. Literally felt like dying a few times, and my throat feels so swollen as though I’m getting a cold or something. I’ve read the wd symptoms and have most of them. Except maybe the rls (maybe). I hope I get through this. This is horrible. I’ve been so bipolar mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I can’t stand myself.

  20. Sharon
    Greensboro NC

    I have been taking tramadol for 20 years. 200 mg. twice a day AM and PM. I’ve discovered that to combine any narcotic like Percocet or ambien creates terrible side effects, mostly night terrors, insomnia, anxiety and confusion. I have a trifecta of back pain. Ankylosing Spondilitis , a cyst at L5 in the spinal cord with a permanent stent and tethered cord syndrome. My pain is not managed by tramadol and the doctor ordered Percocet/tylonal with tramadol and after three months I’m experiencing anxiety producing confusion. I need to find a new pain management plan.

  21. Chris N.
    Sanford nc

    In the past I have struggled with both alcoholism and drug addiction, both I had recovered from completely until now.

    A few months ago I was prescribed tramadol after a rather serious surgery. I specifically asked for a painkiller that did not contain codeine due to my history of abusing that drug.

    After taking 2 50 mg tramadol pills a day for about two months, I am now trying to come off of the drug and holy cow! I will contest that this drug has more extreme withdrawal conditions than any painkiller I have taken in the past. The physical and psychological discomfort I can only compare to alcohol withdrawals. This drug is dirty, and when I do manage to get through this hell. I WILL NOT be taking this drug again. What a nightmare. Heck with tramadol.

    • vince cruz

      How did you get off of them?? I have never been able to detox by myself the only way I have ever got off of them was being incarcerated…. I am so tired of taking these stupid pills it is ruining my family and my life if you have any suggestions please share I am open to everything

    • Jen

      I have been addicted to pain medication for 6 years, previously I was a meth addict. The pain meds got me off meth and I have never had a desire to use them again. As I write this I’m terrified because I’ve got so much to lose with admitting to myself and even strangers that I’m addicted. I started with vicoden and percocet (per doctor) and it spiraled out of control from there. Once they stopped giving me my Vic’s I had someone introduce me to tramadol. I have been taking tram steadily for about 3 years now, I take between 2 and 5 50mg a day. I have tried stopping numerous times but I can’t get under 2. Now that I’ve been on them for so long my body is showing the effects of damage from them (meth did nothing to my organs) I had gallbladder disease got that taken out more pain pills, I have ulcers in my stomach and severe inflammation in my intestines. Every time I try to stop the tramadol I acquire pancreatitis and I know that’s why but I never tell the Dr the truth, so I get stronger narcotics to deal with that pain. I’m so depressed and want out of this vicious cycle so bad, a friend of mine is in a coma at this very moment for pain medication another friend of mine pops 10 tramadol 4 times a day. I don’t want to end up like these people and have thought about the suboxone program but I’m so afraid of the negative from admitting my defeat by other outside people, as I hide my addiction very well. If ur reading this please don’t take this drug or do it on a very close Dr supervision. It controls my entire life and I need it from the moment I wake up every single day so I can function. If u have an addictive personality I strongly suggest you stay even further away. I’m still trying to quit on my own, but am getting closer to admitting my defeat and reaching out for help.

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