Does Tramadol or Ultram cause seizures or addiction?
- 16 Sep 2006 by 062885love
- ultram, seizures, tramadol
After reading everything everyone has to say, I am wondering if I will have a problem. Possibly become addicted or have seizures?? You all are making me worry:
I too have been given tramadol, ultram (hydrochloride), whatever you want to call it, for migraines - 50mg little green capsule pills. I would get Ocular migraines caused by stress. They would get to the point I would loose my vision and have to lay down for about a half hour at a time. Then a minor headache would follow sometimes for almost two days non stop. I have now been on this drug for about three months. I can go days taking none (but not usually) or days taking one, and other days taking 2 and sometimes but rarely maybe 3! I get the same "happy" easy going, non worrying, way less stressing out, relaxed feeling from one pill as the first day I ever took one! So I guess everyone is different. Just wanted to say this pill has done wonders for my life and I am thankful for it. (I have not had a headache or Ocular migraine since). Also, FYI - It allows me to focus better on work and just smile and nod easier through out life and the things that get thrown my way! I do not take it about 6-7 hours before I know I will be sleeping because, for me, I can not sleep on it. I just lay there happily and feel good, but cant sleep. Oh and another thing, I had a problem with alcohol and partying and getting into trouble. Now I don't drink except maybe once a week and have no craving to even then. I am also perfectly content staying in on Fri and Sat nights when my friends call and want to go out. I would rather have them over here to just sit and talk or play video games etc... Its not like I am being anti-social. Oh and this drug also seems to help me do the house hold chores. I can clean like a mad man and be happy and have fun doing it. Seems like its a wonder drug huh? Well to me, it is! Thanks for listening - hope this helps someone and if anyone has any advise or precautions for me I am all ears. Thanks again,
16 Sep 2006
If you haven't has seizures yet, it's unlikely you will, they are addictive, but they're so weak you should have hardly any discomfort if you stopped taking them, unless you take a lot. Don't be scared by the addictive word, it sounds like you have a medical need for it, at most you would be called dependent, there is a big dif between the two. Try not to take too much, because you know where that leads you, try not to like them too much, because that's how it starts. If you can go without, that's really great, and it tells you something.
4 Jul 2009
Do not drink alchol at all.This drug is as seductive and poison like Methodone,hydrocodone and the rest.Drinking will only add to your list of problems.This will also increse the chance you will have a seizure.Please try and find some other way to help with your pain.I took this med for a while but, it made me feel like I was wearing cement boots.I hope you will try to get off it,I will be happy to help you with support and caring.Jawibo56
10 Aug 2009
Yes to both, and i'm a living(Thank God!) proof of it.
Wow, you're just like me 4 or 5 years ago... when i was prescribed that crap for chronic knee pain.
1. Renewed sense of self-confidence
2. Decrease of alcohol use - i was down to a single beer a week
3. Increased enjoyment of doing daily chores-cleaning, fixing things around the house, whatever
4.Overall wonderful sense of well being, like you've finally discovered the missing ingredient your brain had lacked all these years.
FYI, at some point NOT TAKING tramadol will cause your body to "create" the pain for you, in my case headaches or odd pain as if your bones are on fire. Furthermore, if you have an addictive personality and a knack for trying things, stop Tramadol use and seek alternatives now.
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I've been exactly where you were, started with 1 or 2 pills a day, irregularly, and ended up with taking 25 pills a day, 5 years later. Right now , i'm recovering from a seizure apparently caused by overdose of Tramadol and i thought i'd never get where i'm now.
This stuff sneaks up on you and you'll be addicted before you know it.
I hope this helps you put your situation in perspective.
Good Luck !
10 Feb 2010
yes it can cause you to have seizures especially if you take more than 200mg in a day..but if you allready suffer from seizures you definately dont need it..and as far as habit forming,it definately can be and the withdrawl from the medicine is terrible,like you have the flu or something..but if you never have had seisures you should be ok as long as you stay in the recomended dose wich i believe is 200mg..and as far as withdrawl just come off of them slowly dont jus come off cold turkey..now im not just saying this to scare you if you take it right you should be fine .just be careful
7 Mar 2010
Yes. Tramadol will cause seizures -- moreso if you are taking anything else (alcohol, antidepressants, other CNS depressants). I have experience with this as of last night. I had a seizure on tramadol while I was driving. Be careful with this drug. It does sound like you're being given it for a medical reason, but it's certainly no wonder drug.
14 Mar 2010
Thats what they blamed my seizure on, tramadol and prozac. along with insomnia, now i know i am not addicted to ultram, but sounds like if all
conditions are right, it lowers seizure threshold. Now i thought they were
just guessing because they didn't know, so still am not convinced. Not taking prozac or ultram anymore tho. Why take chances? I'm 56 and my
body felt like someone beat the stuffin out of me. Been 3 weeks and still
Good luck you and hopefully it wont happen again. with me they said
my eeg was abnormal, left temporal..yadda. Not sure i want to know.
Take care, God Bless,
21 Mar 2010
nah dude relax man tramadol is a awesome drug i love the fact that i can actually function in normal life. after having the 200mg tablets a few times a day due to paranoia it makes me feel calm and relaxed and i actually feel very good. i dont have a prescription but i dont care its good drug with no real side effects
21 Apr 2010
Yes it does I had a seizure in the middle of Wal-Mart from tramadol. I've been taking them now for about 7 years and I'm addicted bad. at first it was just a few then I had to take more and more. The withdrawls are hell! I know I'm addicted to them and need some kind of help to get off of them. Even after the seizure I still take them. Pretty stupid huh! Life change's after you have a seizure let me tell you! You get scared to be alone, or your always thinking of the best position to be in so if one come's you'll land safely. If your taking them 2-3 a day and it stays that way then I'd say your ok! and not an addict like me! if you find yourself starting to need more to feel normal then you too! are an addict.
6 Jun 2010
I also have a question. I am going to be honest, so please help.
So I have had two seizures and I am 20 years old. I have been taking tramadol for a little bit of time now. I have never had a problem with seizures before. My mother who is an extreme alcoholic has seizures when she withdraws (detoxes) from alcohol not from overdosing.
I did take a lot (about six to ten 100 mg tramadols a day). I never once had a seizure.
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My first time was when I was visiting in LA at a college campus. It was about 3 in the afternoon and I had not eaten yet. At all. And I was probably severely dehydrated because I don't remember drinking much water. Just a pepsi here and there and a red bull. I am a physically fit young man so I never thought anything of taking so many. And on this day, I didn't take more than I usually do. But I guess due to the heat, not eating, or drinking factoring in I am not sure if I overdosed or not. Again like I said I took anywhere from 6-10 like I usually do. I know this is a lot but it wasn't out of the ordinary for me.
All I remember was I twitched once really bad. My friends started laughing. I chalked it up to the red bull. Then I did it again and dropped my cell phone. All I remember was my friends voice starting to fade and him putting his hand on my waist and the back of my head and squeezing me into him and yelling for someone to call 911. The rest I don't remember. I woke up on the ground.
My second one happened when I was in China for a school trip. These seizure are only spaced about a month a part. I thought I was going to be fine. But I had a problem with the food there, so I wasn't eating (first mistake). It was really hot. I felt it coming on so I ran back in side the restaurant and went into the bathroom stall and locked the door. i was hoping to calm my self down. it didn't work. i woke up outside throwing up. one of the guys in our group is a certified EMT and followed me to the bathroom for some reason. he ended up kicking the door down when i wasn't responding and found me on the ground.
so i am a little worried. i stopped taking them. i was detoxing for a while, but i am fine now. i know i was dumb to take that many. but each seizure i was taking a different kind of tramadol. the first one was a tablet form (same mg) the second one was capsule form (same mg). I was told that the capsule is less strong, so thats why I asked for that one instead.
Do you guys believe I just overdosed each time, due to lack of nutrients and sustenance. or could it be something mechanically wrong with my brain? the first one i had i was taken to the hospital and they did a cat scan, nothing wrong. but the second one was in a third world country so i couldn't go to the doctor.
21 Oct 2010
Well just last Friday I had a seizure from taking Tramadol and it says that if you exceed 200mg then you are likely of having a seizure.
19 Nov 2010
My son was just released from the hospital after his first seizure at age 19. He was taking Tramadol for chronic back pain from a sports injury. They have called it a Tramadol induced seizure. They say it lowers the threshold for seizures, especially if over 200 mg taken in one day. The neurologist said Tramadol is notorious for causing seizures. Please check with your doctor on safe limits and do not exceed.
19 Nov 2010
I take the tramadol and am trying again to wein off, as per my mD after I admitted a problem. I totally understand how it makes you feel. Don't listen to the MD's when they say its not addictive! Thats very untrue. I had a partial seizure both on and detoxing. It was a seizure that felt like a strong De'Ja'vue followed by sweating and severe nausea, lasted for about a minute or so, be very careful.
2 Dec 2010
Hi, I was using Tramadol, and was taken off this drug last week due to the severe seizures it was causing for me. If you aren't having seizures, that's awesome. I was having 1-10 bodily spasms every second of the day, and they kind of crept in to my awareness until it was like "What is going on??" They became particularly awful at night. To couch my particular problem, I have a family history of epilepsy, but to date, had never consulted at doctor about it, until I tried Tramadol, when the problem was brought to the fore for me.
The only thing I can advise is to keep a symptoms journal. If anything is weird as you're going about your daily activities, note it down, with date and time, and other circumstances you might consider appropriate. Review your list. Tell your doctor what you've written down. I wouldn't worry if you aren't experiencing a side-effect - consider that your good luck, and enjoy a medication that fits you well!
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I have ceased taking Tramadol, and can't report any withdrawl symptoms neither do I miss the upper effect it causes, to answer one more of your concerns!
Good luck, and Good Health!
31 Dec 2010
I felt the exact same way you are feeling, I have a problem with my back and thats why I have been taking tramadol for over a year now. I already had 2 seizures, the last one was last night and I almost died, thanks to the EMTs I didn't. I dont know why I didnt learn my lesson the first time it happened last year but I guess I couldnt see how much I needed that pill. Now today after 12 hours it happened, Im still having memory loss problems, last night I couldnt remember where I was or what happened and now I have to think very hard to remember anything about me. I just want you all to know that this medication is not a joke and doctors alot of times dont tell you the real side effects of them. Thank you
1 Mar 2011
I have Multiple Sclerosis and take Tramadol for cronic pain. I have had approxiamatley 15 seziures before I started taking it. I was taking it for about 1 week before I had two back to back and had to be taken to the hospital. They informed me that if you have a prior history of seziures you are more likey to have one while taken Tramadol because it lowers the barrier of some type of chemical that makes you more likely to have one.
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