stressed out woman pulling her hair

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. PK
    USA
    Reply

    25 year old female. Doctor prescribed Tramadol to treat hand pain. I took it for two or three weeks after Thanksgiving in order to get through the end of the semester, then stopped taking it because it made me too sleepy to do my work. The mood swings started almost immediately. By the second day I was having thoughts like “no matter how successful I become in life, nothing will ever get better.” Realized those thoughts were far too drastic for my usual depression, hit up Google, and found this website. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I never would have thought I was suffering withdrawals otherwise.

  2. Alyssa
    Reply

    This medication is absolutely frightening. It not only caused me to have non-epileptic seizures (to the point that I was too scared to leave the house, lost my ability to drive and ultimately my quality of life), they also were causing my insomnia.

    I decided to do a little study with the FibroMapp App I use, together with several others with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain who were also having these episodes.

    All were on this medication and were told it was a mental health issue and were referred for therapy.

    It wasn’t a mental health issue! It was TRAMADOL.

    SCARY.

  3. Tresa
    Reply

    I was on medication for depression for 2 years and last year I fought through the withdrawal symptoms and stopped the medications completely. Recently I had a miscarriage and last week I had a hip surgery. Mostly I was on tramadol injections and when I came home they gave me 2 painkillers, one of them was ultracet. I stopped it whenever I felt my pain was bearable and after a day I had severe panic attacks.. Suicidal thoughts.. Sleepless nights.. Scared to death that my husband will leave me (for no reason).. Crying all night. Back to back episodes..

    I was confused what was causing all this. Am I back to square one.. I don’t have much energy left in me to go through a series of medications and its withdrawal again. The loss of my first child didn’t wreck me like this.. So a surgery wont do this to me for sure. It is just by chance I went through the comments and now I know these are withdrawal symptoms. I know the routine.. It will be difficult at first but I will have to do it properly, else I will end up in that hopeless place again. Never take this if you have a history of depression or if you are already on antidepressants. Believe me it’s not worth it. Reduce it little by little and in frequent intervals. It’s difficult, but its possible.

  4. Dustin
    Az
    Reply

    Iv been taking 250mg a day of tramadol and about 70 a day hydrocodone. I’ve ran out and quite cold turkey. I’m doing it alone and it doesn’t feel good. I’m scared… day three…

    • Pete
      PA
      Reply

      PLEASE – “Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. Stopping medication suddenly could result in serious harm.”

      • Barbara
        Reply

        Yes I agree, please do it slowly, I’ve been reducing both Tremadol and gabapentin for 7 weeks now. Had my spinal op over xmas and need to getooff of this stuff. Magnesium is said to help (with the gabapentin) so I take that. Withdrawal symptoms are hell.

  5. Mark
    canada
    Reply

    Been off and on Tramadol for a few months now and when I ran out of my low dose (37.5mg) pills I would notice I was overly emotional and my legs felt funny and sleeping was a bit hard…nothing severe but it was there. Doc moved me up to 50mg pills and when I ran out of those I felt the effects much more… and more severe! It was when I was bumped up to 350mg a day that I decided I was done with Tramadol and took myself off them, 5 days or pure hell… I would cray at the drop of a dime and my body aches and twitches were insane! I would start sweating one minute and be shivering cold the next… day after day it got better but it was by far the worst 5 days of my life…!!!

    I got myself off them but ended up in pain again and doctor said I had to try the short term 37.5 pills again so I figure what the hell I can manage them….well here I am again trying to ween myself before I run out and scared hell of the withdraw systems….what a dumb system…!!! Lets see how it goes!!

  6. Heidi
    Utah
    Reply

    Don’t give up. It can be done. I’ve been off for 6 days and everyday gets better.

    • luke
      new zealand
      Reply

      Bro, I’ve been taking 400mg of tramadol a day for 5 years. I’ve tried cold turkey twice before but this is the time I’m on my 3rd day and I feel screwed up …. I haven’t slept for 2 days and I took 4 sleeping pills my legs and feet restless and I got the hot and cold sweats got to sleep in separate bed to my partner so don’t disturb her … I know what you going thru it’s pain … even if I get couple ten minute sleeps I wake up.from nightmares…… but best thing in the morning to do at light is keep busy doing anything physical stops the agitated feet …. I’m going to do it this time tho no matter how much it hurts I give in around third day usually and all the pain for nothing…. any one going thru this trammy thing no anything else to get thru withdrawals??…

      • Lesley
        Victoria
        Reply

        I am on day 4 of no Tramadol and i am going through hell also. No sleep, restless legs, anxiety, no appetite. The other night i honestly thought i was dying ! I was relieved to hear that other people have experienced the same things. I have been on Tramadol for just over 2 years as i had major feet surgery that went terribly wrong. I had been taking 200mg at night only to help with the severe pain. Can you take anything to help with withdrawal symptoms ?

    • Barbara
      Essex England
      Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that. I have been taking it for only 6 months for a spinal injury and nerve pain together with Gabapentin. I have been reducing 900 mg of both per day for 8 weeks now and I tried so hard to end them this week, however withdrawal symptoms got so bad the Dr. Gave me 100g tabs of the Gabapentin to cut down even more slowly. On Monday I stopped the Tremadol and just taking 300g of the Gabapentin now. I have been having such a bad time thank god for my husband being there for me. I suffer so many symptoms. This is day 3 so pleased to hear it gets better. My skin feels like an electric shock if somebody touches me, I don’t sleep, I jump about so much in bed it scares my husband. Hope its over soon

  7. Pete
    Michigan
    Reply

    This morning is the first time Ive ever had any Tramadol withdrawal type symptoms: a tingling throughout my body much like the restless leg thing. Just like I used to get when I was a kid into my teens for reasons unknown. Last month I took more than Ive ever taken due to sleeping in different places that threw my back out horribly into intense pain from top to bottom. I was going to sleep about 2 hours ago and then it began all of a sudden. About 4 days ago I began sleeping vertically reclined in a chair and the back pain went away to about nil, so I haven’t taken any. It got me to thinking maybe withdrawal symptoms? And there it is: tingling electrical sensations. I took one just just now to hopefully chill it out, I hope it does so I can sleep. It seems to have mellowed a little bit 15 minutes in my belly so far.

  8. Nicholas
    Perth, Australia
    Reply

    I have been on Tramadol for over 2 years for a bladder disease. Minimum dose is 100mg SR in the morning, but on occasions I have had 600mg SR – yes a lot, I have seen a pain neurosurgeon who told me the ‘real’ maximum you can have….

    Anyway, no script today and just had 2 Panadol this morning. I have been extremely lethargic and feel sick from it….. I am not wanting to get the script and see if I can rely on Panadol as may have been a bit placebo effect also.

    I feel really tired and drained, but not sure if the hot weather or withdrawal symptoms or a bit of both. Either way part of me is tempted to get the new script, but then again the pain has been ok today….

  9. Andy
    England
    Reply

    Hi folks. I took tramadol for my knee pain in February and never once did I think I could get addicted. In the end I went from two a day to 6 or more. 50mg.
    6 weeks ago I didn’t take any and boy did I suffer. Oh dear. I’ve tried cutting down but could not do it.
    Today January 2nd 2016 I booked 9 days off work and quit full stop.
    Its 1138pm and I’m in hell.
    Tingling down below is the worse. Runny nose. Non stop yawning but can’t sleep. Stomach cramps . Hot n cold it’s horrible but I’m determined to see it through. I have too and will.
    Its not easy and I’m hoping afor day 3 it will ease off

    I’m even doing a video diary too..If anyone reads this and it helps great..no matter how bad it he’s don’t give up. Easier said than done eh. Never again

    • Lesley
      Victoria Australia
      Reply

      I understand everything youre going through. We just have to ride it out & hopefully it will not last long. I am on day 4 of no tramadol, hell couldn’t be this bad surely !!

  10. Micah
    Midvale, UT
    Reply

    I’d like to contribute a positive story to the fray. I’ve been addicted to tramadol for much of my adult life. There were so many periods of grotesque withdrawal over the years. But the last time I went off it for good, and I managed to do it without experiencing too much discomfort. I dropped in increments of 25 mg, with two days between drops. So from 300 a day I dropped to 275, stayed at 275 for two days, then dropped to 250, and so forth. I never experienced any strong discomfort. I think the key was the 2-day pattern. I weaned all the way off and never looked back.

    Obviously that method requires you to have access to the drug, which is a luxury that not everyone has. If you don’t have the option of weaning, I found that Excedrin coupled with higher doses of ibuprofen every 4 hours took the edge off my withdrawals. Sleep aids were vital. Hot showers or baths were helpful too. Most of all, find things to keep your mind busy but don’t require physical strain. Puzzles, games, books, movies…anything to distract you from the suffering.

    It does end. Every day it gets easier. Keep that at the forefront of your mind during your darkest moments: someday soon, you will feel okay again.

  11. Elizabeth
    UK
    Reply

    I started taking Tramadol less than two months ago following breast surgery to remove cancer in both breasts, three areas in all. The painkillers prescribed by the hospital were not adequate in stopping the intense pain during the first few days so I rang the GP, and in a telephone consultation asked for something stronger. Once the Tramadol had started taking effect, the pain subsided, and I started to recover from the operation with great optimism. I was taking, as advised, two Paracetamol and two Tramadol four times per day.

    After a time, aware from the enclosed leaflet that the Tramadol had to be carefully managed, I tried to take fewer of them but the pain returned so I went back to taking the maximum dose per day. Each time I was running low on them, I had a further telephone conversation with a GP to ask for more. Now, after trying gradually to stop taking them, I am finding that my recovery from the operation, which was going so well, is hampered by the withdrawal symptoms of this drug.

    I wasn’t given any advice about how to stop taking it, but as a fairly level-headed person, I believed that I would be able to manage it easily. Over the past two weeks, I cut the dose from eight per day to four, then to two, then to one. All was well for a time but over the past few days I have had awful problems which seem to be getting worse. It began with feeling extremely hot, then freezing cold, and alternating for most of the day, and also waking during the night with the same symptoms. Slight dizziness and nausea have come since, and now blinding headaches and sleeplessness. I suspected that it was because of the Tramadol but only just this morning, at 4.00am, I decided to look up ‘Tramadol withdrawal symptoms’ on the computer and found this website.

    I think that because I have been taking the drug for a relatively short time, I am having a lucky escape, as my problems are not as severe as those described by other writers, but still, it has caused me to feel that I have been a bit let down by the medical profession. At least one of the doctors I spoke to should have had a face-to-face conversation with me to explain the difficulties with this medication and advised me that it would be a good idea to work out a sensible programme for reducing and stopping it.

    Usually, I sleep extremely well but this has disrupted my sleeping-waking pattern and caused physical distress which might have been avoided. I begin radiotherapy next week which will possibly add to the stress. Also I am soon to begin five years of taking Letrazole which can cause similar symptoms so I’m not looking forward to that. Another concern is that because the Tramadol was so effective, I know that I have done too much too soon. Hind-sight is a wonderful thing; good advice is rather more use.

    My thoughts are with the people whose experiences have been far worse than mine.

  12. Charity
    Lagos Nigeria
    Reply

    Please I need help. I can’t sleep because I stop taking Tramadol that I have been taking for 3years now. Due to a gun shot I got from robbers. Please what I do or take cos I need sleep

  13. kayla
    Montana
    Reply

    I am a 46 yr. Old woman with several health problems. I am physically disabled and have had way too many surgeries on my spine, neck, and other joints. I first took tramadol for 6 yrs, was switched to oxycontin for another 6 yrs. And have been back on tramsdol for about 3 yrs again. I moved to a new town, no doctors here will refill it for me. I’ve been withdrawing for 5 days, agonizing pain, no energy, sweating profusely, and then get chilled. I’ve slept only a handful of hours in 5 nights, have stomache trouble. I am totally discouraged. If this is the pain i will continue to have, I give up! I would much rather live with some comfort. I have a high tolerance for pain and this is excrutiating. I can’t take it, don’t want to go anywhere and find it hard to be around people . My quality of life was better on the tramadol. At least I could function then. The doctor feels if I go to physical therapy I will feel better. I went for countless years, do the exercising and stretching on my own already. I find its a waste of my time to go 3 times a week and repeat this whole process again. Especially when I have fibromyalgia and I ache even worst from certain muscle strains. I give up! No one wants to treat me because im a liability, as they say. I’m not asking for opiates and feel like im discriminated against! Fed up with it all!

    • Myra
      texas
      Reply

      How are you doing now??

  14. Rosa
    Portland
    Reply

    I just found out I’m pregnant. I don’t know if I should feel happy since I’m pretty hooked up with tramadol. It all started in 2011 when a car ran over me
    .. you must know the rest of the typical tramadol hell route.
    I started with 50 mg and have taken 600 or 800 mg a day. I need help. These withdrawal symptoms are killing me. Please any advices? ??????

    • Terry Graedon
      Reply

      Ask your obstetrician to guide you through this in the best way for the baby.

    • Myra
      la feria
      Reply

      I, too, found out i was pregnant last week. I’ve been on Tramadol for about 3 years now due to a painful tumor in my left knee. I was happy on Tramdol. I felt little to no pain, AND it made me in a better mood! It was a miracle drug! Over time my body became used to it & I found myself taking more & more. Before finding out last week that I was pregnant I was taking as many as 10 a day of Tramadol. (Not sure of the dosage, it’s the acetaminaphin one, like 37.5 or something). Not happy to admit that to anymone.

      Anyhow, since finding out I’m pregnant, I have been going through everything everyone has. The worst for me is the tingling in my body as I’m trying to sleep! I tapered my dosage to 2 pills during the day & one at bedtime; then just 1 a day & 1 before bed (to get a good night’s rest, since I have to work). The last pill I took was the night before last & today I have ZERO energy & my body feels like jello! I do have a horrible headache that I thought was from no sleep; when I try & move around I feel cold one min & hot the next; have a pain in my stomach; am moody … it’s horrible but this is what I’d rather do than hurt my baby (only 6 wks so far). I really hope I’m almost done with this withdrawal. I NEED to get back to work tomorrow. :(

  15. Malinda
    greenville sc
    Reply

    I was prescribed Tramadol for pain last month for a medical issue that has yet to be diagnosed. I take 2 a day. They do nothing for my pain and the constipation is horrible! I felt nauseous all the time and I couldn’t really eat…still can’t really eat. I quit cold turkey bc they really were not helping. When I started to go thru withdrawal…. I thought I was going to die! So I decided to start back taking them bc the withdrawal was so bad. I’m going to try again but this time I’m going to do it the right way. Esp since I saw the reaction my kids had to me going thru withdrawal. I will not do that again! The sad thing is…I’ve been taking them for a while and I have zero pain relief. I just wish I could find the right Dr that can figure out what’s wrong with me…

    • Jennifer
      Fort Myers
      Reply

      The only way to get through it is to go through it. Opiate withdrawal is not a joke!!! You want to die but it does not kill you. I highly suggest a support group NA or AA. The withdrawal symptoms could last for years. Post acute withdrawal symptoms are not fun at all. I started taking it because I didn’t want to be on anything addictive. Well….they are ADDICTIVE. Now I’m on 40mg of celixa for depression and had to be switched over to percocet. I feel a huge difference. I still have withdrawal symptoms so I will take one here and there. The percocet helps…but… Differently. I wish you the best. Know that your not alone.

  16. Michael
    Lexington, Ky
    Reply

    Have taken the ER 100 mg tabs twice a day for several months for neck pain. To come off, you need to clear your schedule for a couple days and plan on having the flu. In addition to the flu, your mind will ramble and wander negatively, in my case. For sleep, try melatonin, it’s natural, non addictive and will knock you out at night, during the day be open to a nap. Showering helps with over the counter pain relievers and even benadryl for the runny nose and afternoon nap. By day 3 you should be up and moving with lower energy, days 4 and 5, should show a noticeable improvement. I have taken ultram many times, broken ankle, back, neck pain, minor surgeries and as bad as they are they’re still better than the stronger ones in my opinion. Will only use them if in no way shape or form can work without them, because of the withdrawal. Best of luck to you all and God Bless.

  17. jim
    Virginia
    Reply

    I just quit tramadol because my physician wasn’t qualified to prescribe it. I am going thru hell in withdrawal with the sweats, legs twitching, dizziness, and insomnia, I feel near death. Do NOT quit tramadol cold turkey

  18. Makayla
    Reply

    I’m only 16 and was prescribed tramadol. I took 50mg 3-4 times a day for my pain. I have an enlarged liver, a folded pancreas, unaligned main arteries and intestinal malformation. The tramadol eased the pain but recently I ran out and a mix up with the local pharmacy has made it so I have had to go 2 days with out it.

    The withdrawals have been absolute hell. I’m furious with my doctor for prescribing such a young person this demon drug. What I find helps is if you have access to Netflix, before you fall asleep look up “Moving Art.” They have different kinds such as waterfalls, forests, oceans ect. The videos are only 25 minutes long and help with difficulty to sleep.

    Also laying down in a hot shower I found helped me tremendously. Lay on your back and transition what parts of your body feel too hot or too cold by switching what’s under the water and what’s not. This was the only way I came close to feeling somewhat normal through out the hell of these withdrawals. Good luck to everyone experiencing this. It’s awful but we’ll eventually all get through this

  19. Caroline
    queensland australia
    Reply

    I First would like to thank all the people who shared their stories to help others like me. I have been wondering what was wrong with me….. I was in so much pain getting off this terrible drug and didn’t know it was the Tramadol at first. I have been soooo tired pain in my legs and hips so restless when trying to sleep. I then was crying every day and thinking suicidal thoughts…? I knew this is not me and did some research and found your comments thank goodness!! I’m on day 4 without them now and will persist despite the bad side effects and will never touch Tramadol again!!!

    • blest100
      United States
      Reply

      I admire your determination and strength. Thanks for sharing, it motivates me to keep persisting through this

      • Lesley
        Victoria Australia
        Reply

        Me too !!! I will never go back to that demon drug. My Doc told me i could get off it easily with little to no side effects. Like him to be on it for 2 years and try getting off it. Be strong is all we can do.

  20. John
    Waretown, NJ
    Reply

    My wife has been on Tramadol for years for RA, at one time with Cymbalta. New Dr. started biologic drug. In the process of changing drugs, the insurance companies delayed treatment. Relied heavily on Tramadol for the pain management. No one told her of the problems with constipation. Ended up in the ER with impacted bowel. ER Dr. said to stop taking Tramadol due to the fact that it caused the constipation to occur. No one ever told her of the probability of bowel issues. Been off Tramadol since last Friday. Finally had to take one tonight. Hope she gets some rest. Been plagued by restless legs, chills and other stomach issues. There has to be a better way.

    • peter
      NC
      Reply

      I started taking Tramadol because I was experiencing flu like symptoms after work relaxing and had to go to bed because I was in so much pain. The tramadol took all the pain away and I became a new person. I have also suffered with severe restless leg syndrome and the tramadol took that condition completely away. Unless there is some other medication that will do the same job I have no intention of stopping it. It would be unbearable due to the restless leg syndrome which is miserable and then the daily pain I will not return to.

      I realize after trying to cut back on the tramadol that this medicine is highly addictive because it does relieve pain and in my case takes away restless leg syndrome. I feel trapped by this drug but I can not return to the symptoms I have without it. If I did I know without a doubt I would go crazy. I also know that cutting back or trying to go without is extremely difficult and miserable. If I ever had to stop for any reason I would seek a treatment center to get off it I would not do it by myself and don’t recommend it to anyone. If going off this medicine you must have support of some kind, do not do it alone, its dangerous.

  21. Kristin
    Colorado
    Reply

    I’ve been taking Tramodal 50mg 3XD for over a year. I’ve tried not taking them and I get so sick! I also have chest tightness and shortness of breath. I feel like something is choking me. I also get restless leg and body at night when I try to relax and sleep. This is hell!

  22. Pat
    NJ
    Reply

    I was taking 50 mg Tramadol after a hip replacement. I only took one or two doses a day. By the end of the first week I had sleep disturbances and weird dreams. I suspected it was from the Tramadol, so I stopped taking it. Fortunately, the sleep problems and nightmares stopped.

    • Steve
      sleepless in the all night city
      Reply

      Firstly, sorry for your pain. I’ve had similar. Was on 100×4 a day. Cold turkey is not the best way. Gradually is best. Either way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It testsyou, but it will make you appreciate just feeling OK is pretty wonderful.

  23. Debra
    Calgary, Alberta. Canada
    Reply

    I’ve been on Tremadol for over 2 years. Taking 200mg slow release. I decided I really felt no pain and went off them 5 days ago. I started zapping so bad, every tine I blinked or walked. It is horrible. I thought I had the flu. Nausea, vomiting , diarrhea , headache. I’ve Been crying feel absolutely horrible. Went to my dr and I am being weaned. 50ml 3x a day for 3 days. Then 2x a day for 3 days then I a day for 3 days. Also taking clonazepam to help with anxiety and sleep. Hope this works. I am only on day 3 and still zapping and feel so sick. Little did I know that this medication that was not supposedly not addicting would made my body totally addicted.

  24. Margie
    Alaska
    Reply

    I’m 56 year old female. Was taking two tramadol 2 sometimes 3 times a day for about 5 years for back pain and knee pain. I started a diet plan using “Contrave”. The dose started 1 x daily worked up to 2 pills 2x daily. I read about it interfering with opioid and possibly tramadol ~boy howdy did it. Literally stripped the effectiveness. I had sever withdrawls. Diziness, nausea, sweating and I could barely walk I was so light headed. I ended up going to the Emergency Room because I thought it was stroke or heart related. My vitals and EKG came back normal. They sent me home with anti nausea meds. I will never take that medicine again!

  25. tina
    ind
    Reply

    I was on 300 mg of Tramadol a day for for 2 years and I didn’t want to take it know more so they took me off it, and the hell began. Withdrawals were hell. So I was put back on them and weaned off. I had to cut down one pill every 2 to three weeks and I still got sick. It took me over 4 months to get off them. It’s been over a year I’ve been off Tramadol, but let me tell you the nightmares are still with me they didn’t stop. The doctor’s really need to let the people know what you are in for before giving it to us. Hope every one gets better soon. hang in there.

    • blest100
      United States
      Reply

      Your strength is amazing

  26. Jen
    Uk
    Reply

    I have been taking about 20x 50mg Tramadol for three years now. I’m a 33 year old woman and I keep my addiction secret. I was prescribed after spinal surgery, and it really helps with the pain. But it’s ruining my life. I try to quit all the time, but the sickness is unbelievable. I think I will die I’m so sick. I sweat to the point that my clothes are wet. I shiver. I’m cold then hot then cold. Diarrhea. Confusion. Brain zaps. The worst is I hide away. Ive lost so much weight. During withdrawal I don’t even have the energy to wash. So I’m a mess. Help.

    • Jane
      Manchester UK
      Reply

      Hello Jen in UK

      My heart goes out to you. I have been where you are. All you have explained has happened to me. I have weaknesses and daily battles. If you need to talk I would like to help. Not sure how we contact one another privately, do you?. Do not give yourself any challenges yet.

  27. Tammy
    Uk
    Reply

    I’ve been on the maximum dose of tramadol along with morphine and naproxen since I was 17;don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop because the withdrawal would kill me

  28. Jay
    Cornwall
    Reply

    Omg, I can’t believe this! I have been taking TRAMADOL for two yrs since two knee ops, I tried to come off and thought I was gonna die, ten days of chills, goose bumps, fatigue, crying, sickness, limbs so heavy I couldn’t move, Lost a stone in weight!
    I went back on them!
    3 a day 50mg
    I have asked the doctor to get me off them! But nothing, they just keep giving me them!
    I feel like am walking through sludge everyday, I am trying to work and I am so fatigued all I want to do is sleep, if I miss a pill I am in trouble! I start to feel weak, shiver! Skin hurts! I thought I was going mad, or seriously I’ll, I have upped my night pill to two, and now in the morning I can function! But I know what’s happening! My body wants two a time! By lunchtime I am completely beside myself with tiredness! I could cry as I won’t up the dose! So I struggle and hurt!
    I wish I never ever took these things! My life is in pieces!
    I have wondered if to take a week off work and go to bed and try to get off them!
    I need help!! Someone!!
    I won’t my life back!!!
    Jay!

  29. Chelsea
    St. Louis MO
    Reply

    Hello, I am 25 and have Lupus and Arthritis and have been on a Naproxen and Tramodol regimen for three years now; among other meds. I take 1000mg daily of Naproxen (1 500mg tab 2x daily) and 300-450mg of tramodol a day depending on how bad the pain is (2 50mg tab 3x daily) a total of 190 tramodol pills a month, and if I miss my tramodol dose by even an hour or two the withdrawal symptoms start; severe hot and cold sweats, agitation, goosebumps, fidgeting, and restlessness. My doctor said that tramodol is virtually non habit forming and minimal side effects but they are wrong! I do have high levels of pain and the regimen helps tremendously but the tramodol is highly addictive and my body can no longer even function without it. I’m terrified for when the day comes to begin weening myself off the medication. When I got into a car accident not that long ago, someone hit me, I went to the ER and he prescribed me OxyContin and Valum and said I couldn’t take the tramodol with it. I began taking the new pain meds and immediately went into withdrawal from the tramodol, even while being on another pain medication, the withdrawal symptoms got severe. So I couldn’t take the new pain meds and had to suffer through the pain but for me the withdrawal symptoms were worse than dealing with the pain. I wish I never would have been put on the tramodol. Anyone that is going to be prescribed this medication PLEASE USE CAUTION AND BE WEARY OF THE EFFECTS.

    • Debra
      Reply

      I have missed 4 days this week as I am being weaned off. I am such a crying mess that I can’t deal with people. Have been on the couch. Can’t do anything as I instantly feel dizzy and nauseous. This is definitely hell. Hang in there!

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