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How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms?


Tramadol has become a popular prescription pain reliever now that opioids are under a cloud. Have you ever tried to stop tramadol? It can be challenging!

We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, itching, dry mouth, sweating, insomnia and skin rash. Equally alarming are withdrawal symptoms when people try to stop tramadol suddenly. Getting off this drug without great discomfort can be daunting.

People in Pain Often End Up on Tramadol:

Scary headlines about the opioid epidemic have frightened physicians, pharmacists and patients away from opioid analgesics. One of the few medications that is left is tramadol. That’s because health professionals have perceived tramadol as a low-risk pain reliever. It was supposed to have a “low potential for abuse.” In other words, it was considered a non-addicting analgesic.

It comes as a surprise to many patients to learn that tramadol actually does affect opioid receptors in the brain. Even more disconcerting, though, is the impact on neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Antidepressants such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) and venlafaxine (Effexor) also impact these brain chemicals.

Over 1,500 people have commented on our article about duloxetine side effects and withdrawal. Here is a link to that post.

If You Stop Tramadol Suddenly Be Prepared:

The FDA requires a paragraph about withdrawal from tramadol in the official prescribing information. We fear, though, that few patients are adequately warned when they receive a prescription for tramadol:

DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE:

“Tramadol hydrochloride may induce psychic and physical dependence of the morphine-type. Dependence and abuse, including drug-seeking behavior and taking illicit actions to obtain the drug are not limited to those patients with prior history of opioid dependence…Tramadol hydrochloride is associated with craving and tolerance development. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if tramadol hydrochloride is discontinued abruptly. These symptoms may include: anxiety, sweating, insomnia, rigors, pain, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, upper respiratory symptoms, piloerection, and rarely hallucinations. Other symptoms that have been seen less frequently with tramadol hydrochloride discontinuation include: panic attacks, severe anxiety, and paresthesias. Clinical experience suggests that withdrawal symptoms may be relieved by reinstitution of opioid therapy followed by a gradual, tapered dose reduction of the medication combined with symptomatic support.”

Is It Possible to Stop Tramadol?

The answer is absolutely. We do not consider this a do-it-yourself project, however. Stopping tramadol requires careful coordination and supervision from a knowledgeable health professional.

Sadly, the FDA’s guidance leaves a lot to be desired. What precisely does “gradual, tapered dose reduction of the medication” mean? Very few physicians are given clear directions on how to help patients stop tramadol. That is why so many have reported their own experiences on this website. Here is one link with hundreds of stories:

A Reader Shares His How to Stop Tramadol Story:

“Two years ago I was prescribed tramadol for arthritis in my upper and lower back, as well as hip. I also had severe leg pain. Over the last two years I moved from one 50 mg pill three times per day to the maximum dose throughout the day (eight 50mg pills).

“Sometimes I’d take 4 or 5 at once depending on the pain. I was never informed that this drug was addictive or that it was an SSRI-type drug. My doctor actually said that it wasn’t addictive! Stupidly I took his word for it and didn’t realize just how bad the withdrawal was until I was forced into. I was working abroad and ran out of pills.

“The first time I went through cold turkey dropping from 400 mg per day to zero overnight. It was horrific. I experienced all-over body pain, flu, vomiting, severe depression and anxiety, brain zaps, fatigue, diarrhea, bouts of feeling confused and angry, paranoia etc. During all this I continued working, though looking back now I must have been a nightmare to be around.

“I had no access to Internet at the time (working in the developing world) and still had no idea what was happening. I thought I had dengue fever or malaria at one point. This all lasted around 5 weeks.

“When I hit home I went straight back to the doctor and got back on the tramadol! I was completely unaware that I had gone through a severe bought of cold turkey withdrawal.

“I decided that 2016 would be the year I would quit this crap for good. At that point I was already down to around 300mg per day (taken in 150 mg doses twice per day). I decided on a longer taper schedule. I dropped 50 mg per week – so 300 mg/day for a week, then 250 mg/day the next week etc. Once I was down to 150 mg I just took all three pills at once in the morning. I always needed at least 2-3 at once to take the pain away. I held at 150 mg for around 2 weeks. I ended up having a relapse due to increased pain, so I moved up to 200 mg/day again for a while.

“Following this tapering method I am now down to 25 mg/day, which means splitting the capsule and pouring 25 mgs of powder into water and drinking it. I’ll hold at 25 mg for a week then drop to 12.5mg for 3 days. After that I’ll do one day on and one day off on 12.5mg for a week before jumping off for good. I figure that 12.5mg over a two week period (with the last week being day on then day off) should be a small enough amount to experience only minimal withdrawal symptoms.

“Last week was the hardest week of the taper. The drop from 100 mg (2 pills taken at once in the morning), to one 50 mg pill was tough. I experienced a drop in mood and felt a little down for three days while my body and brain adjusted to the lower dose. I’ve also noticed a slight increase in muscle pain and back pain since dropping to 50 mg/day. I’ve had a few days of sneezing, bouts of tiredness and fatigue, but once my body adjusted to 50 mg, these symptoms went away. Of course I did experience a slight increase in pain. That’s to be expected though as the tramadol was just masking pain anyway.

“Today was my first day of 25 mg and I feel fine. I actually feel like my mind is a lot clearer! Tramadol definitely fills my mind and leaves my feeling like my head is foggy, if that makes sense. I have no withdrawal symptoms at the end of the first 25 mg day, and it’s been 10 hours since I took it.

“For me, tapering is the way to go if you want to stop tramadol, especially if you are on a high dose. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to coming off tramdol. Every person and every body/brain reacts differently.
“Last Christmas I tried to go cold turkey. Like the first time (when I had no idea what I was going through) it was also horrific. After 60 hours I awoke with severe muscle spasms in both arms and legs. I was an emotional wreck and had all the other typical and some of the atypical symptoms. I took 100 mg and within 20 minutes every withdrawal symptom was gone. That was the catalyst to help me quit. No drug should have that much impact on your body and life. I began tapering a week later.

“One thing that has really helped for me is exercise. I started exercising a lot more around a month ago in prep for the last 3 weeks of the taper. I knew I needed to increase my fitness to deal with the aches and pains of coming off this drug. Even with back problems you should be able to swim or ride a bike–anything to get a sweat on and feel good about yourself. I feel that this has made tapering easier too.

“So, to anyone who is worried about coming off Tramadol I feel tapering is the bet solution especially if you are worried about withdrawal symptoms and/or you are on a higher dose.

“For some people they just want to get off and can deal with 1 week of cold turkey. For others though, that cold turkey doesn’t just last one week. It might be 3 but might also be 6. Tapering has definitely worked for me. I still need to stay strong to make the final leap, but I feel this will be so much easier coming off one quarter of a 50 mg pill rather than a much higher dose. Good luck everyone.”

To read stories from other readers about how they dealt with these problems, here is a link.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I’m proud to say that I’ve been off Tramadol for exactly one year today! There have been some very difficult days. Don’t miss it or have any desire to ever take it again. Do STILL have sleep issues but I figure someday, somehow I’ll get back to normal.

Everyone, please stay strong!

I need some help. I was on Tramadol for 4 months for a sacral fracture. I weaned off slowly, and the diarrhea started the following week. I am now about 6 weeks out and still have daily watery diarrhea. Has anyone had this experience? They told me Tramadol was a SAFE drug. I beg to differ. Thank you.

My God! This explains my husband! He had been out of his tramadol for about a month. He was taking tramadol 50 mg. 2 tabs twice a day. He started complaining of confusion in his head, stumbling on his words, unable to focus, restless legs, feeling sick all over. He has recovered from having cancer and when these symptoms started we were thinking cancer again. Oncologist ordered a brain scan to r/o cancer to brain, and that takes place tomorrow. But I kept thinking withdrawal! I may be right!

I have been on Tramadol 50 mg. once a day for 2 1/2 years for knee pain and necrosis in my femur above my knee. I never took more, never abused it. I finally had surgery last Aug. I no longer have any pain, so stopped the Tramadol and after 20-24 hours had tingly nerve pain in my arms. Tramadol relieved it. I thought I had a new disorder. After a couple months I thought, what if the nerve pain is caused by withdrawal, and that’s why Tramadol helps. So I looked all over the internet one night and finally found an article that listed the tingling as an atypical withdrawal symptom.

I went to my doctor and showed him the article, and he agreed that that was most likely what was happening. I currently break all my pills in half, so am taking 25 mg. once a day. My doctor put me on Gabapentin, 400 mg. daily. The tingling sensation is now over my entire body, and it can start as early as 10 hours after I take the Tramadol. Heading back to my doctor next Monday, to see about increasing the Gabapentin. This tingling disrupts my sleep. I am only getting 1-3 hours a night and pace around my house each night. So hard to function when not getting enough sleep, and the Trazodone I have to help me sleep does nothing. Has anyone else been driven mad by the nerve pain, and how do you get relief?

I’ve been on 50 mg of Tramadol 3 months, and I have no more and don’t want any either after the horror stories I’ve been reading. Will I have withdrawals? Please help.

Hi, I have been using tramadol for at least 12 years. Before that, I was in a 12-step recovery program, and was drug-free for about 14 years. I have an addictive personality, which means that I have an unnatural attachment, a craving for anything that pleases my senses and that helps me escape the realities of living life with it’s normal ups and downs. In addition, I’d been diagnosed with dystymia, a moderate level of depression. Anyway, I lost my sobriety after I was given some Morphine after having an operation on my appendix. Surely, I know that I chose to take this drug, because I missed the feeling that drugs gave me, I can’t lie!

That episode had me chasing those feelings up until today. I actually started believing that opiates helped me live the best life, made me the best version of myself possible. But my use came with downsides: every few months I would contact miserable bouts of bodily inflammation, whose affects were like having a stomach virus, because the Tramadol would lower my immune system.

So, after suffering this once again over the last five days, I believe that I have truly had enough of this damned drug! I haven’t had any Tramadol for the last five days, and I am hoping that maybe I might be part of the way through detoxing. But, I really owe part of my decision to try and stop for good, because of the people’s stories I read here. I am impressed by all of your courage and determination!

I have been taking Tramadol for arthritis for about 4 years, 200mg a day (2x50mg morn and night). I stopped it as I dont think it is helping, and want to stop. My last 100mg dose was Saturday morning, by Sunday night I was having anxiety, IBS, flu like symtoms. I also had congestion and allergy like symtoms, I was better Monday, but then symtoms showed back up. Tuesday now, and this is the best i’ve felt since stopping cold turkey. I will stay the course
and get off this vial med.

#DETERMINED

I am at the moment in bed, having severe vomiting and diarrhoea, which is the result of withdrawal symptoms from taking Tramadol. I was taking them for severe pain due to an arthritic spine. I was taking 100mg three times a day. Since reading and being told about withdrawal symptoms I have burnt my tramadol. Probably a mistake I know. I just couldn’t bare the thought of swallowing any more. I’m now going cold turkey, and it’s awful. Depression, irritability and the above being the worst. I will beat this, I am a very determined person, but I think on reflection I should have taken the tapering off route. I think they shouldn’t be prescribed so readily.

Hi,
I’m Brendan from Australia and am in my 4th week of doing Tramal cold turkey. I had been on it for 15 years at up to 400 mg /day. I was on 200 mg SR when I stopped. The first week was a nightmare with all the classic opiate withdrawal symptoms. 2nd week a bit better. Most acute symptoms have now eased. Main problem now is exhaustion, irritable bowel, and loss of interest and enthusiasm for things. I am told this is normal and part of PAWS, and eventually the brain will get back into balance. I sure hope so as im 64 and don’t want to spend the time I have left feeling like this. A hideous drug which I will never touch again with luck. God bless all those out there suffering.

I was on Tramadol for over 7 years and it’s the worst medication I’ve ever been on. I was taking it for shoulder, hip, lower back and elbow pain due to a accident at work. I was taking 8 tabs a day and it took me almost 9 months to slowly come off them. My advice to anyone prescribed them, ask your doctor to give you another type of opiate, ( if possible ).

Hi everyone, I stumbled on your stories after deciding to come off my 1x50mg tablet of tramadol today.
I hope everybody’s feeling abetter. I used to be on 8 a day and a few years ago decided to stop them and ended up in AnE. The doctor said it was like quiting heroin!! I was shocked that these tablets could make us feel this bad when stopping taking them.

No advice given when 1st started as to the long term effects.. they are doctors after all so you tend to go with what they say. Then 2 yrs ago got prescribed morphine over the telephone due to back issues arising again!! Back to the doctor 3 months later and he asked me why I was on them!! Hate the fact that these take control of our life’s without us knowing until it’s too late. I think I will gradually ween myself off them rather than cold turkey as my body can’t handle it, been there and failed! I also have custody of my 11yr old niece and work to go to.

Most importantly we are not alone, reading the stories has gave me more determination to get rid of these FOR EVER. Sincerely hope yous are winning your battle. Stay strong and pray for each other. :)

I’ve been on tramadol for 3 yrs., 50 mg/4x day, due to severe spinal issues including a compressed spinal cord. Decided to withdraw a month ago because I can’t think of any other way to ditch the horrible pain clinic that I’m dependent on to supply my pills. I’ve been taking one quarter of a pill less each week, and it’s not too bad. I’m down to 3 pills this week. I reduce on Fri. night so that by Mon. I feel halfway decent. Hope this helps anyone who needs it. I’ve been able to sleep and eat OK. No nausea, just some diarrhea, shortness of breath, added pain for the first 3 days after reduction, etc.

I was prescribed up to 400mg/day 4 years ago. So 2 50mg pills 4 X each day is what I took. Well, sometimes more, then had to stretch at the end of the month, which sucked. Now, I am trying to get off. I have read hundreds of reviews on many sites. Tapering off at a rate of approximately 10% per week is the general consensus from medical providers. I have tried twice already and failed. I went too fast.

So, my wife recommended 1/2 pill drop per week. That would take me 10 weeks! I tried to go from 5 pills/day to 4/day, and body said NOPE! Restless legs, achiness, irritability, I could go on. So, my wife was right. I take one at 8AM, noon, 4 pm, and 1 1/2 at 8pm so I can sleep and not have restless legs in bed. I am on third day. I am doing fine but still wake up in the night and thought about Tylenol PM, Melatonin, but NOPE. Not going to add to the problems. Next week I will stretch to 4 every 4 hours. When I get to 3 1/2, I will try every 6 hours. 8AM, 2PM, and then 1 1/2 at 8PM. After that 1 every hours and soforth. Pray for me.

Will a short run ( 4-5 day ) of Norco help these horrible tramadol withdrawals

How are you doing?

Hi!

Thought I’d add to this mix. Fused L5/S1 in 2008, Gradually went back on Tramadol due to sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. Quit my day job and started doing upholstery work which had me in severe pain. I’ve taken 300 mg for probably 5 or 6 years. Never exceeded my prescribed dose. Also took Lortab, Gabapentin and Ectodolac as prescribed.

Quit upholstery 6 weeks or so ago and noticed that my back felt much better and noticed I felt drugged. Tapered off Gapabentin with no issues and Ectodolac with no issues. Down to one lortab maybe twice a month so decided to attack the tramadol.

Went down to 200 mg of tramadol with no adverse effects. Decreased to 100 mg and started feeling the withdrawals. Never been so irritable, feel like I have a cold, can’t sleep, etc. Have not taken any today. Will get through this, just irritated that we were all told that this was “safe” to take. Never again!!

Stay strong every one!

Hello people I’m on day 4 … it’s not been easy but bearable! I have tramadol in the house and not touched any… I know I’m shocked too but was determined. Withdrawal wasn’t great but I’m feeling better each day I have also slept which is brilliant because no sleep is the WORST! Good luck to all trying to kick this med x

I have been on Tramadol for about 4 years. My doctor prescribed it for lower back pain. I only take 50mg – twice a day. He too said this was a non addictive drug. The Governor of Florida just signed a bill that pain meds can only be prescribed for 3 days – 7 days max when written “medically necessary” so my doctor can no longer prescribe it.

He didn’t mention anything about tapering off so I am doing it myself. I have taken 1 pill a day for the last week. I am very tired, having stomach issues and a constant headache along with back pain. I am positive these are withdrawal symptoms. Monday I will start taking 25 mg a day and then the following week 12.5 until finally nothing. I am praying my symptoms don’t get worse.

I never in a million years thought this would happen. Stay strong and continue to post your stories. It is reassuring to know that I’m not alone and basically everyone thought the same thing. It wouldn’t be addictive and they were just trying to get some relief after hurting 24/7.

Ok so I was on this medication for a neck and upper back pain, 150 Sr. Day/night but the side affects got worse over the years , dizziness , constipation, irratible eyes, this list goes on , so I quit suddenly , and the withdrawal symptoms were horrendous and i only lasted a day or two before quickly popping another tramadol.

But to make a long story short ,I discovered that temtabs a sleeping medication taken for a few weeks, offsets most of the withdrawal symptoms after stopping tramadol, and the only issue was a night or two without much sleep when stopping the sleeping pills.
Taking one pill 5-10 mg a night worked very well for me .

I have stopped for four days today. My doctor told me I wasn’t addicted. My daughter told the doctor that I couldn’t take meds that were addictive because six years ago I was addicted to cocaine. And she told me that tramadol 50 mg was fine for me. I take one at night, no more than that. But it hasn’t helped my head ache. I have been on them for two years. And four days ago I just stopped, and I don’t hurt anywhere. But I don’t feel good. My stomach feels funny. Please can you tell me what is safe to take over the counter. I just can’t go back on Tramadol. I really need help. I need some things to help with headache without getting addicted to meds.

I was on tramadol for a year. I was taking 600 mg a day for chronic migraines. It worked at first but after a while I realized I felt awful EVERY morning from starting to withdraw at night when I slept. I had more migraines then ever and ALWAYS in the morning.

I felt like I was taking it just to function. Just to feel normal. I was clearly addicted. I told myself it was time to taper. Well, that’s a joke. It’s like slow withdrawal for weeks! How does that help? Face it, when you actually stop, that’s when the real hard work kicks in. It has been 7 days since I quit CT. It has been awful.

Crazy anxiety, sweating, legs aching, no sleep and panic attacks that I have never had. I was feeling better yesterday but now tonight I have had more panic attacks and anxiety. I have taken Imodium and Tagemit for the upset stomach. That helps. I tried Xanax but it didn’t help much. So I’m just sucking it up day by day. I know it can’t last forever! Two or three weeks and I’m going to feel fine.

You just really need the time and support of your family to deal with you being pretty worthless and that is the hard part. I know you all can do it but you do need real time to just focus on getting through it. Whether it’s rehab or at home, you WILL NEED A PLAN TO BE MIA. Good luck everyone. Just remember every day that you get through not taking it is one day closer to never taking it again !!!!

Hi Debra,
Just a reply to agree with you about the tramal “hangovers”.I too used to wake up feeling absolutely shocking in the morning. Sick and depressed. Eventually realised it was withdrawals. Have been 4 weeks cold turkey now after 25 years and it has been hard but doable.Still feel pretty crappy, exhausted and disinterested but i believe that passes. How are you going? Hope you got off them.

I’ve been on Tramadol 50mg 4x a day now from 50mg 2x a day for almost 10 years now for a messed up hip and back. And of course I’ve messed up and took 1 or 2 more at night on top of the 8 a day. And now my body has a tolerance to the Tramadol. So if I don’t have at least 6 Tramadol in me a day I’ll wake up that night with some withdrawal symptoms already.

I hate it, I hate myself for letting it control me. And now I have to pay the price. And since I was taking an extra 2 at the end of the day I run out early and have to endure the hell of withdrawals at the end of the month. I used to think something like this would never control me or get in my head, but I was so wrong.

My worst issue is trying to sleep at night and having these tingling, itchy sensations in my hands and ears. My legs and arms can’t sit still. I will be so tired at night and have to sit up in bed rocking my self and stretching just to survive the anoyance of all this. I sometimes have to sit in a hot bath just to escape the sensations. During the day I feel like concret, mood swings, feeling of I can’t go on, stomach issues, watery eyes. The list goes on.

I wouldn’t wish withdrawals on my worst enemies. I have 4 kids at home, I have to pretend I am ok and pull through that day knowing I wanna just give in and cry but can’t cause I can’t let my kids know I failed as a person and a mother all because I let a stupid pill run my life. But it’s the pay back I get and today is number 2 of quitting cold turkey. I’ve tried looking for what helps the withdrawals but for now it’s just trying to survive and praying I am strong enough to quit this time.

Hi Kym – Just interested in how you are getting on with ditching Tramadol. I’ve been on it for 6 months and have decided to come off it now but decided to taper myself off! Hope you are seeing results and things are getting better for you.

Suze

My Dr prescribed me Vicodin for back pain about 13 years ago and when he did, I asked him if there was something I could take that would help but not habit forming something more safe well he then prescribed tramadol said it was safe and not addicting so of course I believed him after all he’s the Dr not me I thought at the time I was being smart not wanting to take vicodin well I now no that was the dumbest thing I did.

I have tried and tried to break free from this drug and failed every time because the withdrawals are so unbearable.It has completely ruined my life.I’m so ashamed that I let myself become dependant on a supposedly safe drug.I never in a million years thought I would be in this terrible situation.

I’m now trying again to get off of this nightmare drug. I ran out and had to go through withdrawals from hell for 5 days till I could get a refill I’m hoping that I can just take 1 50MG in the morning and 1 50MG at night for a month or so will work. I no I can’t do it alone so I’m giving my husband the bottle to hide and only give me the 2 pills aday.

I just took 1 after not having any for 5 days and it has helped the withdrawal symptoms at least to a bearable point. If I’m able to sleep through the night then I no I can do this because the sleepless nights is the hardest thing for me. I’m so scared that I will never get my life back from the hell this drug has me living in.

I’m so sorry people have had so many problems. I was aware of the issues in taking Tramadol when I started taking them for my arthritis. I started with trouble 50 MG a day. I now take two at night.

I ran out of pills not realizing that when my doctor left for another practice, I had to make an appointment with my new doctor before the office would allow me even a few pills to tide me over.

I’m blessed that the only problem I’m having since not having any for five days is more pain, a little dizziness and waking up too early in the morning.

One habit that all should have is to research any new drug that is prescribed. I pray for others to recover from the affects of Tramadol.

June 18, 2018.
I have been taking tramadol since 2013 for fibromyalgia pain. I started with 50mg in the morning, but when I started to have lower back pain last Fall, my doc upped the dose to 150mg a day. After back surgery, I decided to go off the tramadol altogether. I have wanted to try using CBD with a very low dose of THC to help with sleep and night pain. That means going off the tramadol, as they are not safe to take together. I started tapering down by 25mg a week about 3 weeks ago. I am very sensitive to any kind of drug, so I decided to go slowly. I have still had symptoms of withdrawal, including racing heart, anxiety, restlessness and maybe a few I haven’t blamed on the tramadol but on increasing symptoms of fibromyalgia. It’s hard to tell which is which. Everyone is different. Don’t let anyone tell you to just stop. Take a long time to taper off if you can. This has been hard, but I am determined to get this drug out of my system.

Hi, I am in the same boat! I have fibromyalgia and I am taking tramadol 50 mg 2x a day. I want to try the cannabis oils but have to stop tramodol first. I’m so afraid of having the pain and fatigue without tramadol! Please post how the process is going for you. Thank you!

I’ve tapered from 1 1/2 tramadol to 1/2 for 3 days. Been on and off tramadol for 4 yrs. I has to go to the ER was having facial numbnesd calling and dizzynesd diarhea. Dr. Have me atarax for the anxiety . I needed intravenous electrolytes fue to diarhea. Im off tramadol but going through withdrawls still.

With atarax one at night bcuz of restless legs n no sleep. Drinking electrolytes, B12,magnesium,centrum silver,antioxidant tea now. I be glad when Im over this. Its hell. Now even if I need surgery again I will absolutely refuse Abu opiates n tramadol. It’s very horrific.

I was prescribed Tramadol 50mg 3 x daily about two years ago for lower back pain associated with osteoarthritis. I explicitly advised my doctor that I did not want any medications that were narcotics, anti-depressants, etc. After beginning Tramadol, I noticed that my pain symptoms diminished, and the RLS (restless leg syndrome) I have seemed to be less frequent as well. But I felt euphoric and hyperactive. Immediately I reduced my dosage to 50mg twice daily for about a week. I was finally able to reduce my dosage to 50mg once daily, then, 50mg every other day.

I noticed withdrawal symptoms which included anxiety, depression, irritability, hot flashes, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, muscle aches, diarrhea and increased RLS symptoms. I felt horrible. Now I have been taking 25mg daily for about three weeks, after discussing this with my pharmacist. I’m trying peppermint tea as well for nausea and magnesium at night for muscle cramps and RLS. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m also a nurse, (retired), and I was a pharmacy technician while in nursing school. When I was practicing as a nurse, this medication wasn’t even a scheduled drug. I feel really stupid now but determined that this medication is going to go for good. I’d rather hurt. Take this medication seriously. It’s highly addictive.

I have been taking 200mg of tramadol for years for back pain. A stomach test required me to stop taking it for two days. I have never had such body misery. I went through all the symptoms of other writers plus high blood pressure. I took one tab after the test and immediately felt better. I want to go off the stuff. My doctor recommended me to slowly cut down for a few weeks. I never want to feel this way again. I would rather put up with the pain. I think Tylenol does about as well.

Yes, I have been taking tramadol 50mg twice a day for three years. Liver enzymes are elevated, and I have had flu-like symptoms for three weeks. I feel like sleeping all the time, and I feel so tired that I don’t feel like talking. I want to stop it cold turkey. My doctor is not available for two weeks.

Today I have been 3 days off tramadol cold turkey. Not fun. Was on 400 mg a day, what doctor prescribed. Never took any more. He had told me not addictive. Been on Valium to for so many years and still not sleeping. So as you probably know, I’m doing it the hard way.

The doctor did give me lyrics, and honestly it has helped with pain in the legs and everything. I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t on it. But still, getting off these drugs is not easy. I was in hospital as a few days ago because I had severe pain in my chest. But it was all stress related. I am still healthy (lol) although I feel awful. Please, everyone,do not take these tablets (Tramadol). They are very very addictive. I will write in a week and tell you how I’m doing.

What type doctor will work with you to taper off???

I got addicted to tramadol after I broke my spine. I was taking about 1000mg a day. I saw it as self- harming. Then I dropped to 250mg a day. And later tarpered to 100mg a day. Now I am off tramadol. I battled with withdrawal symptoms. But today it is less. I sometimes take 100mg to work just in case the withdrawal symptoms get bad. But I have not had any reason to take it. My judgment of this is clearer. Before now I was paranoid. But coming off a strong addiction is a battle for getting your life back.

I have been taking 50 mg Tramadol every night for over 12 years now. I started taking these because my doctor said they were not addictive and would help my restless legs and severe sciatica. I have tried everything to get off these horrible pills to no avail. Cold turkey is NOT an option folks. The brain zaps, tremors, nausea, shakiness, anxiety, and most of all the restlessness of not just your legs but the entire body is why I won’t even try again to quit until someone comes up with something better. 50 mg, once at night, never any more, the withdrawls are in my head says my doctor as he laughs at me. I have been to the hospital so many times with severe gastrointestinal issues that I will never be able to pay it off. Please, whatever you do, do not ever start taking this medicine. It worked fabulously for years but I never expected the emotional changes that ensued, the anxiety that I didn’t have prior, nor the ulcer, GERD, or explosive, uncontrollable diarrhea. They want to give you another drug (addictive) to replace the Tramadol when you try to detox off of them. Uh…..yea and the country wants to know why there are so many people not only addicted but still in pain. God help me, if I quit, the pain is so bad I have gone days without any sleep at all. What do I do now? My attitude towards others who addicted to pain meds has changed, oh by the way, I am a nurse and they treat me like a street addict. I just want to cry…and I do. Lastly, not only the Tramadol, but other pain meds, antacids, muscle relaxers, benzos, and sleep meds all can cause dementia. This is just wrong on so many levels. Thanks for listening to me rant……

Totally sympathise. I am a nurse too and this is a massive factor with other health”care” people. I have been through it including the ridicule from hospital staff. It’s very difficult but you can. I did cold turkey for 2 weeks on holiday away from any melds and hot weather to soothe the aches and skin crawls. After day 8 ish I did manage to sleep through the night but fatigue then set in for a few days.

I started Tramadol 50mg twice a day in the summer of 2016 to treat a knee injury that took about 6 weeks to heal. What I noticed after being on the tramadol a couple of weeks was that my insomnia and RLS disappeared. I had been experiencing insomnia for a couple of years and the RLS for about a decade. After that I was convinced I had found the answer to my problems. All is well until I notice I need to increase my dose to get the same effect. I was up to 150mg, then 200mg when I realized I really needed to stop this. After reading much on how to quit I decided tapering off was best. I read up on what to expect and decided to go down 25mg per day. To help with the withdrawal symptoms: for anxiety I take Dr. Schulz’s Nerve Tonic with peppermint essential oil. It really helps.

I take a product called Restful Legs for the RLS and for the insomnia take calcium, magnesium and Standard Process Min-Tran. I still felt my body resisting my efforts but I just hung in there. Hot showers also helped and lots of ice cold water. I did experience slight nausea but I could control it with the peppermint oil. I am down to 125mg a day and been doing this for 3 weeks. I have been able to go to work and I am not experiencing anything psychotic. I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, tapering puts the withdrawals at between a 3 to 5. I also got very religious on my vitamins and healthy foods. In the beginning it was just 7up and applesauce.

Three weeks in and I can eat regular meals. I have moments where I feel “off” and I get a bit panicky but I shake that off by reminding myself that I am doing this and I am determined to get off this. I have never been addicted to any drug, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. so to have been deceived by this drug was hard for me to accept. Once I realized I was indeed having a problem I knew I needed to take back my life.

Best to all who are on this journey. Hopefully I have provided some encouragement to other scared souls on their own road to recovery.

God’s Peace!

I’ve been on tramadol for many years for osteoarthritis & fibromyalgia. 6 weeks ago I had knee replacement surgery and was taking dilaudid & tramadol. Two weeks ago I stopped taking dilaudid and relied on 200 mg. of tramadol (50 mg 4x a day). Today I took one tramadol early this morning and none since.

I am now feeling anxious; my face is flushed, shaky, sweaty, & fast heart beat. I’m not sure if it’s not taking the dilaudid or the length of time since my last tramadol. No one said anything about how to stop taking dilaudid. I went from 8-10 to as needed for about 2 weeks, to none. I’m hoping these symptoms are withdrawal & not a need for a trip to the ER. I can handle this if this is all that happens. Please get back to me. Thanks & blessings!

Hi, my name is crystal. I have been on tramadol for 5 years, not including when I got pregnant in 2016. Of course, I quit right away! But I should NEVER have allowed my doctor to give me tramadol again after baby was born. I kept taking it every day for my pain. It wasn’t until I ran out that I discovered these horrible symptoms: sweating, cold sweats, anxiety, restless legs, having to use the restroom multiple times a day, mood swings, increased pain. Hard to sleep! If I had known I would have never taken it again!

I was taking 4 a day. Yesterday I started taking only 1, today only 1, and for the rest of the week 7days. Then the next week, only a half pill a day, and the week after, none. I pray I can get through this! I just want my life back. I’m scared; I feel alone and affraid..!

But I know I can do this! I’m looking for a support group. Wondering if I can find someone who is going through this as well. I need somone to talk to. When I first got on tramadol, it was new. Doctor doesn’t prescribe narcotics. Never mentioned it could be addicting or that I would grow dependent on the drug! I want my life back.

I have acute sciatica, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis & have had 3 back surgeries for ruptured discs. I have been on tramadol 50 mg 2 tab 4 times a day. I also wear a fentanyl pain patch 50mcg/hr, changing it every 4 days + hydrocodone 10/325mg, 2 every 6hrs. My doctor decided yesterday to take away the tramadol altogether! I’m still wearing my patch, but I’m out of hydrocodone until Friday or Monday! Will I have any withdrawal from the tramadol? The nurse told me no, but everything I’ve read tells me otherwise! Does anyone know?

Hello everyone, I’ve been on tramadol for 5 years, started of 1 in the morning, 1 at night, those where the times my back would hurt the most, as time went on, I’d take 2 in morning and 2 at night, I ran out, now having headache, nauseous, body ache, no energy, severe mood swings, depression, god I could go on, I do not feel like the person I was 5 years ago, I’ve done some research on tramadol, and had no idea what I’m having is withdraws symptoms..! How can this be possible.

I didn’t abuse it. I am a mother of 4 boys and they need my full attention! Without medicine I feel sick, with it I feel great. (Like myself) but I’m not, I have 2 wishes, one that I wouldn’t have never got on it. And two, that I can get off it!

It’s no joke! This isn’t easy to get over, but I’ve been praying, waiting to go get medicine so I can feel better. Who wants to live like this..! Seriously. I’m over it! I plan to get off asap! This bottle being the last I’ll ever take is my plan. I’d like to know if anyone has got off, and how you did it? I pray, not only for myself but for anyone feeling alone about this! You’re not alone!

Hi Crystal,
I’m into my 4th week of Cold turkey after 15 years on Tramal.It has not been easy,the first week was terrible but bearable and has gotten steadily better each day.Had all the classic opiate withdrawal symptoms and now just feel very tired with leg aches and stomach upsets. Very little enthusiasm and enjoyment of things i used to do.I believe this is normal for tramal which also includes symptoms for anti depressant withdrawal. Cold turkey is hard and not recommended but i could not have endured a long slow tapering .I just wanted to be rid of them.Each day is a little victory over this insidious product. Hang in there and God bless.

Hi I have been taking tramodol since last June 2017 for a slipped disc plus Gabapantin and paracetamol so 18 tablets a day just to be able to function properly ,had op on my back beginning of December so decided to try and ween myself off all my tablets as I was told this is what I should do. I did cope ok at the beginning I had good and bad days but have kept going I am now back working, and I have managed to go down to no tablets. But for the past 2 weeks, I have been going through hell is an understatement. I cannot re the last full night’s sleep I had I can fall asleep straight away as I’m exhausted but wake up after a couple of hours with hot sweats, shivers and every part of my body hurts and spend the next I don’t know how many hours just walking around then trying to go back to bed until I do eventually fall asleep because I’m shattered.

I get quite a few symptoms during the day as well, hot sweats and shivering and hurting but also feeling like crying at any minute. It’s horrible I just want it to stop and I thought by now being a couple of weeks down the line of being off all tablets that I should be starting to feel better but I don’t I just don’t know how much longer this will carry on ,can anyone tell me please I do have had enough .

I went cold turkey. Day16 was as bad as day 2. Day 17 woke up completely fine. Hang in there a few more days!

You’re not alone. I’m going through it, too. Let’s fight this together!

I’ve have been on Tramaol for about 5 years for arthritis pain. I used to be able to go on and off without problem. Then during the last bout of taking it for a couple months and trying to go off, I noticed withdrawal effects. I originally began with a total of 200mg a day, built a tolerance and eventually increased to 400mg a day (200mg 2x a day). When I tried to stop cold turkey, I had runny nose, flu like symptoms, but the worst side effect was unbearable restless leg syndrome. I tried cutting back by one pill, and the restless leg issue was still a huge bother, preventing sleep, and just awful, not on just legs but all over.

It was obvious to me that I developed a tolerance and physical dependence, however the antidepessant effects stopped about a year after taking it. It doesn’t help the pain anymore (maybe a little but it doesn’t feel like it helps), and I’m afraid to take more than this because of the seizure risk. Now I’ve been continuing taking this medicine just to avoid the withdrawal. My original doctor moved, and I’m on my last refill. I see a new doctor tomorrow for help with creating a tapering off schedule, and hopefully they will prescribe something to help the withdrawal symptoms. I really want to be off this medicine and just take aspirin and use ice to numb pain. I don’t ever want to take prescription pain meds long-term again.

I want off, too, and for all the above reasons you name. Alieve (naproxen) works really well for me (although not completely). I’d like to take Cymbalta, which is like from the frying pan into the fire, but I need an anti-depressant.

Have you had any luck discontinuing?

I’ve only been taking it 7 days 100 mg yesterday and woke up with Diarrhea today took my last 50 today hope I don’t have any other symptoms

I have been using tramadol to manage my arthritis for years. I tried to quit multiple times but the physical and emotional withdrawal was too much for me to handle. A while ago I found out about kratom. I’m now down to one tablet a day. Kratom is a plant that has been used for centuries for medical and also recreational uses. It truly helps to alleviate ALL of the withdrawal symptoms. Unlike the synthetic crap made in a lab, kratom is completely natural. I believe it is much safer than Tramadol and is often used for opiate withdrawal. I highly reccomend it. But obviously start small. Large doses can have very strong effects. You have to be careful with it. It’s currently legal in most every state. Obviously do your research first if you think it could work for you. You can buy it online. I prefer the capsules but It can get pretty pricey.

Avoid Tramadol like the plague! I’m a healthy 26 years old. Took two Tramadol pills on an empty stomach for severe cramps, the box didn’t say after meal usage! I started getting dizzy, naseous and throwing up in the office bathroom within 20 minutes. Felt like blacking out at times and had no energy.

The rest of the day consisted of throwing up 5 more times and being glued to the bed for the rest. I had no appetite, forced myself to eat some bread. Felt cold no matter how warm the room was. Slept 16 hours that day and felt like absolute shit.

Day 2 – withdrawal symptoms
Woke up with thumping migraine-like headache that didnt go away. left work half day because I couldn’t concentrate and just wanted to sleep. Sleep was the only thing that helped. Appetite still at zero but forced myself to eat a large plate of food. Slept 14 hours.

Day 3- Flu?
It’s noon and I just woke up. Nose is blocked and have been coughing out mucus all morning, a pile of tissues. Took the day off from work again. Headache is nearly gone now except occasion al thumping.

Will never take Tramadol again, am baffled that doctors prescribe this medicine to patients and animals!!! I got to the gym 4-5 times a week, barely get sick and don’t take pills. Yet, it costed me 3 days of mobility, feeling low and got me more ill than I’ve ever been. If you start researching people’s experience with Tramadol, the withdrawal symptoms seem to be the horrible part. Flush it down the toilet!

i m on tram for over a year with a back pain suddenly i became addict to tram whenever i tried to quit dis drug i always failed due to weakness n cold turkey but since 3 days ago i reduce my daily dose from 300mmg to 200mg although i m experiencin hard time by general body weakness and falling sleep abnormally , but its getting better each day ,i believed its my body system trying to adjust to lower dose , my plan is that im goin to reduce 50mg per week until i reach zero level ,by next week i will go down to 150mg nxt weeek 100, next one 50 mg i will not tolerate stupid craving to reverse me back to where i left by the grace of God

Hmmmm this is my 3rd year of taking tramadol, and it was prescribed to me by my Dr. when I was experiencing so much pain due to a burn accident in which three people died. I was burned all over my back and suffered for about 2 1/2 years. I take tramadol for the relief of pain, so, unfortunately, I get addicted to it, since my Dr. did not tell me that the drug is addictive. I look for a way to stop it but each time I try to stop within two to three days everybody will become my enemies. I will start feeling nervous, restless, body sickness. I will feel sick all over my body, sweating as if I want to die until I take one tablet. 100mg is my lowest dose, and 400mg is my highest dose. All I want is to stop it without withdrawal symptoms. Please, I’m seriously in need of your help. I have subscribe to this Website. Please if there is any solution or info about to withdraw without withdrawal symptoms, I will be so grateful to hear from you. Thanks a lot, and I’m also happy for some solutions I got from this site today. Thanks once again.

S.Man, How are you doing? Were you able to stop?
I have been reading everyone’s stories and I have been praying for all of you!

I’ve been on Trammodol for 17 years. My tolerance is up to 30
100 mg a day. Any less and I’m shaking. I want off!!!! I’ve had 2 Seizures that put me in the hospital not realizing it’s the trammy.
I’m planning on going down in my dosage and quitting by March 2018
Wish me luck.

Trammodol junkie ??

Praying for you to have peace and calm during your withdrawal. I’ve had to withdraw 3 separate times. Remember you can do this, it’s gonna suck but stick to your detox plan as much as possible.
Best wishes, Ross

Hi I’ve been taking trams now for over a year at high amounts each day, some times up to 600ml, 12, 50ml tabs a day obviously I knew myself this wasn’t good and started to stop I’m on day 6 now without none. Yes, my body is in bits with all the withdrawal symptoms stated on the internet. But it seems like it’s getting worse. How long does it take or is there anything I can take or do to help it?

Any comments appreciated please help :(

You can do it, mate. I’m on the same ride. I’m going from 1200mg per day to 500 over the next week or so. I’m looking at March to be off completely. Good luck, mate.

I am on 10 pills daily and now my doctor will no longer call anymore in for me. So now I’m in the worst shape/pain ever!!! Then I still have the back pain. Is there something I can get or do to lessen the symptoms? I’m hurting so very bad. Please help me. I don’t know what to do. I want to stop taking this medicine so bad. I’m ready to be myself again. Thank you for your time.

Hello. I wanted to share what helped me quit Tramadol cold turkey after a six year dependence. I tried many times through tapering and cold turkey methods and relapsed every time because the withdrawals are severe and drawn out, plus the post withdrawal associated with it and fatigue is also very drawn out. I used the drug baclofen to stop cold turkey with zero withdrawal symptoms except some fatigue in the first few days. I was taking high doses of tramadol also. Up to 800 mg or more bcoz I built a tolerance. For some reason the baclofen stopped my cravings for the tramadol as well. Then just stop the baclofen after a few weeks. 20 mg baclofen was all I needed. Some people may need more or less depending on their body. It may not help everyone but that’s what helped me. I have been off tramadol for 2 years now

I’m a late-40s lady writing from England. I have been taking Tramadol for around the last 14 months, due to a very painful undiagnosed physical illness, and co-codamol not being strong enough.
I was put onto Tram with no warning whatsoever of what would soon to occur: getting out of the next bed the next morning I was virtually swimming to the bathroom, going left and right, bouncing off the walls, and could hardly see, just feeling my way there. Don’t the doctors know about Tramadol and its effects?? how bad they are when we first start taking them and how absolutely horrendous it is to come off them, especially cold turkey, either they do not know enough information, as this website advised is possible, or they just cannot be bothered, which it seems to be in my circumstances.
Either way, tramadol is just not being taken seriously enough, by so many in the medical trade.

Now – due to moving this March, I had to have a new doctor, and because I cannot leave the bed, and in our city one must go to the surgery to be registered, it took over 4 months for me to get a doctor, hey surgery arranged by the CCG in the end, so in that time I had to get my Tramadol tablets from an out-of-hours service at the local hospital.
Most doctors obliged, after much questioning, but some didn’t, and I now have a surgery where the boss and relevant doctors are not taking Tramadol seriously yet again, how absolutely important it is to continue every single day without a break full.
And conclusively, as of today, I have been FORCED to go cold turkey now 9 times, 9 times since March this year, this all through fault of the doctors at the hospital who didn’t understand they are responsible to give out prescriptions when somebody does not have an actual doctor, and the surgery I’m with now where the manager had forgotten to tell somebody to ask a doctor to write my prescriptions out when he’s on holiday, and then on his return changed the prescription day from Friday to the following Wednesday, without consulting me, and completely forgetting that I will obviously NEED those Tramadol in those five days different, in order to survive.

I don’t think this should be legal. I think it should be illegal to do this, I think it should be totally illegal for a doctor to FORCE a Tramadol taker to go cold turkey once, let alone as many times as I’ve had to, and I just wondered if anybody else on here has had to go through this, and also if anybody knows of any laws that can prevent this that I don’t know about, and, of course ~ the damage this is doing to my body and brain.

This just cannot happen again. Many Thanks.

I had bilateral knee surgery April 2016 and another knee operation on one knee eight months ago. I take Tramadol. My prescription bottle reads 2 every 6 hours for pain as needed. I usually take one Tramadol in the evening before bed, but I wanted to stop all pills.

My doctor said to take Tylenol Extra Strength. I started taking two Tylenol in the am and one at night to sleep. I feel so croggy in the a.m. and everything is foggy. After reading the comments I may try one Tramadol in the am. and one Tylenol ES in the pm.

If this works I will try to take Tramadol every other day in the morning and pray that it lasts all day and night. Then I will try to discontinue Tramadol.

Hi guys
As I am reading the comments, Is very scary what this drug does in our bodies. Is devastating what I be done while using it. I have no friends any more because I rejected all of them. I never felt like doing much while on tramadol.

I started having very bad stomach problems and my liver is enlarged. I am almost sure is due to the addiction to this tramadol drug. I got very addicted to it because it made me feel like I had a perfect life. Now is my 3rd day off tramadol and I feel horrible.

Haven’t slept. I can stop my legs from wanting to kick. I am out of the farmacy and want to buy something for the restless legs. I just hope I can get some energy back. I can’t afford not going to work but I am not functional. I don’t know what to do.I am doing this cold turkey and in my own.

I’m not sure if I am putting myself in danger. But I want to be the person I used to be. Not this person I became.

Bless you all in our way to health.

Love everyone.

hi there mate. I was put on tramadol 2 years ago and life was ok. Then a few months ago things went bad. Christmas wasn’t great but I kept it hidden from family .When I went down hill and said no more tramadol. Today is day 2 with nothing and life is the wrose ive ever had. wishing you and everyone good luck. Cant wait for this to stop …x
Diane Southampton england

You need to taper-off of Tramadol. I tried cold turkey some months ago. After 3 weeks of withdrawal symptoms I had to go back on a low dose to become functional again. I’m down to just a single 50mg pill per day taken in the morning. I can function during the day but at night I get some restless leg and general irritability. I’ve tried splitting it but because I’m a large man it is ineffective. But I’m ready to try that again because I’m sick of being controlled by it.

I’ve been on tramadol 50 to 100 mgs a day for muscle pain for about 31/2 months. Stopped cold turkey about 3 weeks ago. I had no idea it was addictive. I’m 72 years old, in my entire life I have never experienced such anxiety, to the point that my heart would palpitate. The nausea was horrendous. Couldn’t eat. I lost 12 lbs.

The panic and anxiety were so bad I took a 1/2 of a .025 Xanax. I’m going to the shrink this week, can he prescribe anti depression meds for me. Tramadol does gives you feeling of euphoria. Aside from pain I truly feel that was another reason why I took it. If anybody out there can help me with the horrendous anxiety. Please help God bless.

Hi Laura,How are you doing? Did you Find something that helped?

I was taking 100mg in the morning and at night. Then I went to 50 mg morning and evening. I’m trying to skip the morning and am feeling lousy . I’m still taking 50 mg at night. It does help . I’d like to quit it all but I get nervous and don’t sleep. My appetite has decreased and I’ve lost weight which is okay I guess. Anyway it’s a long haul and I hope to get through it.

I would like to know if I have to slowly taper off Tramadol if I only am taking 300 mg. per day for two weeks. All of the adverse reactions I am reading about are upsetting me. I want to be careful about this, but I cannot find this answer anywhere in all my hours of reading about this. Anyone? Please?

My experience is only that my beloved dog who is a now a 10 1/2 year old boxer had surgery 2 1\2 years ago to replace her knee, ACL, and the other one about out they put her on tramadol 1 1\2 50mg every 8 hrs.

She’s been on them ever since and had another surgery 10 days ago where they increased the dose. I want her off of them but I’m afraid. The Dr told me in the beginning that dogs does get addicted. Does anyone know for sure or experience with this situation?

The problem with discontinuing Tramadol is the severe pain of fibromyalgia doesn’t magically go away when you stop your medication!! You can’t exercise it away, or use enough supplements to make it disappear. I’ve tried pretty much everything. I work and have a very active & busy life. I cannot rest on the sofa whenever I’m tired or in pain ….that only can happen at bedtime for me due to obligations. So I depend on opioids & Tramadol as my lifeline to be an active & productive member of society…. my dose has been stable for many years, and I’ve used Tramadol on and off since 1999(mostly on). I take 2 every morning to wake up & be able to move ….then 1 or 2 in the mid afternoon to get me through the workday. No more after then , it’s too stimulating & would interfere with sleep. The current trend of getting every pain patient off of their meds is ridiculous. It won’t stop stupid people who overdose with drugs they obtain illegally. Those types will always find something to abuse. Legitimate pain patients take their meds seriously.

I suffered from serotonin syndrome after 4 pills and that was during the withdrawal stage!

A close friend of mine was prescribed tramadol 15 years ago. She was taking the maximum dosage, 8 50mg pills per day for quite some time. She’d been prescribed the medication for 15 years and I’m not certain what her initial dosage was.
She was pulled over for having a taillight out on her truck one night on her way home from work in rural Pa.

She received a bogus D.U.I. because she was tired from working and answered truthfully when the officer asked her if she was on any prescription medication.
Even though blood work revealed that there wasn’t even a therapeutic level of tramadol in her system, she was charged with D.U.I.

My friend was then red flagged by her Dr and abruptly had her prescription for tramadol taken away.

This happened over a year ago and my friend is still suffering terribly from the withdrawals.

She was a hardworking 50 year old woman who trained horses for a living.
Now, she is suffering and no longer able to work.

What happened to her is just wrong! It shouldn’t be legal to abruptly stop someone’s medication like that! Especially when her blood work revealed that she didn’t even have a therapeutic level of tramadol in her system at the time she was pulled over.

The opioid guidelines need to change in favor of those who suffer from pain.

I can completely relate with you & am truly sorry for what happened with your friend, Rose?Thanks for sharing, sending my good & positive thoughts/vibes/energy/prayers towards you, your friend, and everyone who’s in pain and have much love of life to go on and on❤️

Greetings:
Once again, I must disagree with your articles about Tramadol. Some of it may well be true, but what could you possibly suggest for help with hellish pain that never stops. I have to work even at age 78, and I am determined to take anything that help me get through the day and night.

Why shoud anybody like me try to stop the only thing that keeps me going. You say that I am addicted, I say so what at my age. Should I spend what few years I have left to be a working, productive person trying to be what you people think is something horrible.

You gave the same advice about statins. Once again I did not follow or agree with anything you said. Now, someone very close to me needs triple by pass, and I am clear as a bell.

If you want to blindly follow the advice that is given: go ahead. I think a lot of it is just plain nonsense.

??❤️??Greetings to you, Charles??❤️??

Amen to all :)

I have never had problems withdrawing from Tramadol. I have taken it off and on for 10 years, probably a grand total of 125 tablets for fibromyalgia, arthritis in both hips and low back pain frm spinal stenosis.

I am awaiting surgery to replace one hip which is defective from Johnson and Johnson which is shredding metal in my body and a new problem in my other hip. I no longer use Tramadol by choice because 2 capsules of Tumeric Curcumin with bioperine (pepper) takes care of my discomfort all day. I did use Aleve which helped but quit that because of potential kidney complications.

I am an Rn with a masters in public health so try to stay on top of side effects. Was also a certified addiction nurse. …retired..

What is that pill? Over the counter?

??❤️??Thank you, RAIN??❤️??

Mine is real simple, I was taking 6 50mg tablets per day for 18 months to help control the pain of 3 back surgerys. One day I ran out and realized I didn’t need them. So I quit 100% all at once, and have never had another and that’s been 2 years now. I experienced a lot of sweating for about a week and that was it. By reading these other stories I consider myself lucky.
Good Luck to all of ya.

Where and in what form is the turmeric. I also have chronic pain but do not wish to be on pain medication

I am saddened that my vet prescribed this Tramadol for my dog over 5 years ago. I would not use it daily as prescribed because of the affects it had on him. Then they added Gabbapentin (Neurotin) to the mix. His personality became aggressive. I had to put him to sleep. Unlike people, animals can not tell us what they are experiencing. My heart is broken thinking about all the side affects he went through that I thought were due to his health–NOT because of the darn drugs!

Yes it is so addicting for dogs. I had loads of tramadol for a cancer stricken dog and lymphoma dog. I was given this for a back issue and the withdrawal is horrible. I just can’t do it. Now I feel so bad for my dogs because I know they suffered. I will try tapering but pretty hopeless now.

My dog hasn’t had side effects and it’s helped her tremendously. Otherwise they suggested putting her down. Are they addictive to dogs. The Dr said no when she started them 2 1\2 yrs ago. I’m concerned but I’ll probably never stop giving them to her. She’s now 10 1\2 and a boxer.

I had a similar experience getting off an antidepressant prescribed for insomnia. I would get down to 25 mg and get the worst headaches. My neurologist sent a compounding pharmacy a prescription for liquid and then I was able to taper off more gradually.

I quit tramadol 6 days ago. I had been on it for 4 1/2 years to help with arthritis
Pain and fibromyalgia. I took this drug in 1/2 pill doses; sometimes one pill at a time; up to 1 1/2 or 2 tablets daily.

I am not good with drugs (a lightweight) and any more than that made me too sleepy or dizzy. Anyway, I was on a smallish dose, but still had withdrawal and I went cold turkey.

Over the last 6 months I felt the tramadol was making me feel worse everyday and I knew I had to stop.
Today–day 6–is the first day I have felt much better. The first 5 days I was tingly all over and had muscle aches moving around all over my body. My legs felt horrible like restless legs syndrome. Had a headache also and quite a few periods of just feeling horrible.

Anyhow, I’m determined to quit for good. One immediate benefit was feeling more clearheaded.
Anyway, what has helped me was hot baths, drinking lots of water; heating pad on my restless legs; resting when it felt unbearable.

The thing that helped the most was exercising. Just moving – walking or in my case, dance class – helped immensely. Also took good vitamins and when I got cravings I’d read this site or other threads about tram withdrawals. It helped to know so many people were going through this.

I also picked a week to quit when I didn’t have too many obligations or responsibilities.
Tramadol was a good drug for me for about 4 years; until it wasn’t. I didn’t want to increase my dose as it was already making me feel bad.

I know my dose was small in comparison to some; but the withdrawal was real. It is an addictive drug no matter what anyone says. It is possible to quit it, though, and I truly hope everyone here who tries has success quitting or tapering.

Someone suggested Tramadol to me for pain. Both times I took it I got sick to the stomach and vomited after practically everything in my stomach had already been digested.

I knew it was habit forming so was reluctant to take it in the first place.

Unfortunately, I react to most pain killers I have taken even at a very low dose.

I too was taking a small dosage for herniated disc in my l4 and l5.
I found that I started needing it to feel ok even with no pain. Today is day four!! The first two days were very tough. Restless leg syndrome sweating insomnia etc. Today I am grateful I made this choice. You mentioned vitamins ? What were they, and did it help??

I started taking Tramadol during breast cancer treatment. I also take it now for moderate to severe arthritis pain. I sincerely hope that I will be able to continue taking it because it works for me. My doctors and pharmacists covered all the bases with me and I use it carefully. I am not sure what the next step will be if I am prevented from getting Tramadol for pain relief. Fighting pain effects quality of my life and I certainly feel caught in the middle of the problems with addiction, withdrawal, and detrimental health effects of all pain relievers.

?Thanks for sharing, JWA❤️

Sending my good & positive thoughts/vibes/energy/prayers to you and everyone who’s in pain and have much love of life to go on and on❤️

I have rheumatoid arthritis and had to stop taking NSAIDs because of my kidney numbers. I tried 50 mg tramadol and had nausea as a side effect. I found a study on the NIH website about compounding medications with acetaminophen (Tylenol)– various NSAIDs and tramodol– and their effectiveness. I decided to try 25 mg tramadol (50 mg cut in half) with 500 mg acetaminophen, three times a day with meals, and found it to be very effective. My hands are doing much better than on the NSAID.

I am also taking 800 mg per day (divided, on an empty stomach) SAM-e, so I do not know how much of the improvement could be because of that.

How about a story on effects on those who take tramadol long-term
for chronic pain relief? After 2 hospitalizations for GI tract bleeds due
to long-term NSAID use, tramadol was the only remaining choice for
my husband. He can’t imagine anyone would take tramadol for recreational
use, as it does not produce the euphoric effects of opioids.

What is sam-e

Propoxyphene never looked so good. Thanks Ralph Nader and Sidney Wolfe. You got your vindictive wish. You succeeded in getting a great alternative to tramadol removed from the market. No wonder we have an oxy problem.

I can say that while I take Tramadol I am not addicted to it! That’s right – I am not addicted to Tramadol!

I know how it affects me – it keeps me awake instead of putting me to sleep – I’m “wired” – if I take 50 mg. Since I know this I cut it in half (I use a pill splitter) and only take half a tablet at a time.

Additionally, I only take it when I really, really need it. I can take it 3 times per day based on the prescription label but I don’t take it that often. It has been several days if not a week or more since I last took a half tablet. I haven’t experienced any side effects or withdrawal issues either.

I have not allowed myself to become addicted due to having family members who have battled addiction to other medications/illegal drugs/alcohol and how I saw that affect them and the family. I made the conscious decision not to go there myself.

I guess I’m one of the fortunate ones with regard to this drug!!

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