I have been on this medicine for over a year for chronic neck and leg pain. My DR said I have a herniated disc but the neurologist said it looks very minor. I was addicted to Vicodin once and the withdrawal was terrible. I do not want to go through all of that again. I am on Tramadol 400mg daily. I am tempted to stop taking it after reading all these comments. Any advise on how to come off of this drug? How long does it take before you feel normal again? Any advise is greatly appreciated.
How long does it take to withdraw from Tramadol 400mg?
- 19 Oct 2009 by gotsalt7
19 Oct 2009
I am pretty sure tramadol is a generic form of ultram. Ultram is a non narcodic pain med. You should not be feeling withdrawl from that alone. Are you taking anything else with tramadol? It could be that you have taken it for so long that you might need something mild like tylenol or advil. Talk to your doctor he should know what you should or should not be feeling... Good luck...
20 Oct 2009
Actually, tramadol is a synthetic version of a narcotic. You can become physically addicted to it. I had an addiction specialist talk to me about my extended use of this drug a while back, so I'd know the risks. Alot of doctors will tell you it is not addictive, because they themselves aren't clear on that fact. It is definitely addictive, it will definitely cause withdrawal if you stop taking it suddenly without gradually stepping down from it. If you want to stop taking it, consult your doctor, but whatever you do, do not stop cold turkey. Slowly reduce your dosage, until its small enough that you can quit altogether. I currently take 300 mg. a day, everyday. And if I were to quit right now, without tapering, even at 300 mg I would have terrible withdrawal from it. I did that before, and can tell you, it was awful. I will never stop cold turkey again. Best of luck to you! :-)
21 Oct 2009
I can relate to your situation, I was taking Tramadol 400mg along with Oxycodone for almost 2 years while waiting for a hip replacement. I had surgery the beginning of July, and stopped taking the Tramadol on the day of surgery. I have not had one since! With the aftermath of the surgery it was hard to tell what was caused by coming off Tramadol and what was caused by the surgery, however, I have been off of both painkillers since getting out of the hospital a month later.
From what the research says they normally use Percocet to bring you down from Tramadol.
Good luck and let me know what you experience.
28 Oct 2009
DO NOT stop taking it cold turkey, UNLESS you have good support, drugs to counteract the withdrawal symptoms and are prepared for the side effects!
Beleive me, it is not good!
I have been taking for a year, gradually increasing my dose to 900mg daily. I am tapering now, trying to get off, and even lowering the dose is making me feel awful. I am very paranoid, i get mood swings, i feel pain which is most likely psycholological. I can't sleep, i have sweats, i can't socialise.
I'm not saying don't stop, you definately should! But look in to if rist and understand what you are doing and the best way to do it for you.
If you stop cold turkey, you will NEED time off work, because you won't be able to function properly. Although this sounds scary, its not as bad as continuing on them, you will be on a downward spiral. Please research this properly and i wish you the very best of luck!!
17 Nov 2009
Holy Cow! Yes, yes, yes Tramadol is addictive. I was on much higher doses than you for 6 years. I resulted to methods I never dreamed I would ever resort to to get it. I tried so many times to work down and failed. The doctor found out about my abuse and cut me off. I had enough to cut my dosage in half (16 to 8) in one day and half of that in one more day. Way, way too fast. I've now had 10 days of 0. It's been hell on earth. My sister saved me by bringing over some lortab and some xanax, (not a lot). I cut them each in 4ths and used about 1 1/2 pills of each a day. I don't know how wise that is, but I couldn't have survived without them. My husband has been a saint, and we are people of great faith and I know the Lord is the only way my pain could have been faced. But the central nervous, jerks and shaking is horrible. Xanax helped with that. Had no appetite for days and could only get 2 hours sleep a night.
After 10 days that has improved, but I have trazadone for sleep and I have no idea how good that is, but have used it. I still need the 1 1/2 pill per day of the lortab and xanax, but the extreme weakness is horrible too. I feel like I can't even lift my head from my pillow. When pain, nerves and weakness hit all at once I want to die. That breaks my husband's heart so I have to keep quiet about it. Any advice would be appreciated. Lizzy'smom
17 Nov 2009
Tramadol is a synthetic opiod, therefore addictive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramadol.
400mg is A LOT! Try to drop off a little at a time if at all possible. I have mentioned to others, I have been taking Kratom for my drug cravings and such. It seems to be helping me pretty well. Contact me with questions. It is NOT a narcotic, but an herb, and legal. It has helped me cope with cravings very well.
20 Nov 2009
I am still shocked by the number of people who are misinformed about the risk of addiction to tramadol. When I made the unfortunate decision to quit cold turkey, I went through horrendous physical withdrawal. In fact, I was given clonidine and bentanyl to help with the physical symptoms. This drug can be abused in much the same way of other pain medications. The only difference is that tramadol is a synthetic opioid, while hydrocodone and oxycodone are not. I find that when I am taking my tramadol, I take 2 50MG tablets three times a day, that I have mental clarity, energy, decreased appetite, and I have no sense of depression the way I used to in the past. The tramadol has an anti-depressant quality that alot of doctors have no clue of.
I was fortunate enough to find a physician who, thank God, was aware of this and who has decided that since this drug made my pain level manageable (its not completely gone, but its under control) and also lifted the mental fog, sadness, and anxiety I had always felt, my dosage was increased from 1 50mg tab three times a day, to my current level of 2 50mg tabs three times a day, and the difference is phenomenal. I am so happy with my progress. I am able to be active again, without suffering, I am a whole different person, animated and happy and productive. When or if the time arrives that my dr and I decide the time has come to end my treatment with tramadol, it will be done slowly, over time, to reduce the dreaded, excruciating withdrawal that tramadol produces. Please do not be deceived by claims that tramadol is "not addictive" or that its "non-narcotic"... those claims are absolutely false, and in fact, in several states now, tramadol has been classified as a scheduled drug, in the same category as hydrocodone/oxycodone. And I will not be surprised to see that happen in all states before too long. Best wishes!
11 Jan 2010
I took tramadol (Ultram) for at least 2 years. You will experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop a medication like Ultram. I weaned myself off once and after a week without the med still felt strung out as well as continued to have pain. My doc renewed my prescription at my request and I stayed off of it until I was prescribed Percocet instead for my chronic fibromyalgia pain. I was able to switch from the ultram to the percocet without problem. I have trouble with the term addiction. An addict will do anything to get their drug. We are prescribed many medications by out doctors, and become dependent on them. Have you ever heard someone who takes insulin or blood pressure medicine refer to themselves as addicted? No, but they are dependent on the medications that they take. The same goes with all of the anti-depressants out there prescribed for pain. You cannot just stop them, without having serious effects.
Does anyone describe themselves as being addicted to their antidepressant? Lets give ourselves a break. Sorry, I got off the track with your question. Other than my personal experience of feeling as though I still needed take the tramadol after being off for almost a week, cannot let you know any more than this. I just couldn't resist responding to the term addicted.
11 Jan 2010
I've never heard of anyone going through any physical withdrawls,and personally i took that drug for a long time and it wasnt helping so i just stopped all together,because it's not a narcotic,and i didnt go through mental or physical withdrawls. it's a very very low pain killer,i mean,honestly i didnt notice a difference when i took it,for me it was like taking tylenol,i dont think your going to have anything to worry about,but if your that worried,then just ease off them slowly,take a little less every week or so until your off them. good luck
11 Jan 2010
Very tough withdrawl. Everyone is different. This is my second time, both for medical reasons. This time was a lot easier. I went from three hundred miligrams a day down to fifty milligrams a day over a two week period. I then went to 25 milligrams at night for three nights then off it. What helped so much this time is my Dr Rx'd Xanax for me. I only took 1mg at night around 8pm. It stopped the vibrating, jumping in my skin and horrific anxiety.
I took the Xanax once i got down to 50mg a day. It might work for you... it might not. Also, intense prayer and twelve step recovery were indispensable.
3 Feb 2010
Last year I came off tramadol after being on it for 3 months usually taking 8 tablets a day I did cold turkey and had side effects that lasted 3 days I swore I would never take them again but I have recently had a total knee replacement and when I was offered them post opperatively the pain was such that I jumped at the offer this time I managed to take 6 50mg tablets a day to start then 4 a day for a week then 2 a day for a week and I have been completely off them for 2 days now and touch wood have not had any withrawal symptoms this time I think managed correctly this is a wonderful drug it certainly helped me through a period of unmanageable pain it has now been 4 weeks after my operation and am now feeling great
3 Feb 2010
Don't listen to the idiots telling you will have no withdrawls. The FDA has changed the classification of Tramadol to addictive and narcotic like. In fact, some states are considering putting it on the scheduled substance list. It is addictive physically and mentally. I just came off 400 mg a day and it was hell! I have never experienced the levels of anxiety and depression, futility, desperation like that. Good news. You don't have to go through that. I contacted a Psychiatrist and he helped me immensely. Don't go to a generanl practioner. The Psych put me on an anti depressent and informed me ti would take a couple weeks. In the meantime, he put me on very ver low doses of Xanax. I am a professional i the medical field and am working fine. I could go into the biochemistry of Tramadol and receptor sites in the brain but space does ot allow me.
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