- 24 Nov 2011 by Mystiq101
- pain, fibromyalgia, tramadol, addiction
I'm not sure what to say. I had no idea so many people were addicted to tramadol but seeing hundreds of posts on the subject I'm obviously not alone. This "non-addictive drug" yea right when I first started taking them like so many others all I took was half a pill 25 mgs and it made my whole day livable now three years later I'm taking 3 to 4 50 mgs every few hours. in the last month I went thru more than 400. Plus taking vicoden/norco or whatever I can get ahold of. Yes I'm in a bad way I went to the doc and got efexor am now on highest dose and it's not helping my doc wants me on Prozac and that can not he taken with the tramadol at least not at the levels I'm Taking. I can't stop taking them without feeling like I'm going to die I have a full time job and three small children I can't function without them )-; I am trying to find alternatives to get off of these. I did a sleep study a week ago to see if that's a factor btw I have to suggest any kind of study or test to any doctor every doctor I have seen. They basically treat me like an idiot and say its depression and stress and get that exercise into your life. I believe I have fibromyalgia/cfs I'm sorry this is so long. All I ever wanted was to feel good and be able to play with my children. There's got to be a way to get thru this and still function. Please I need help.
I've never done this before I hope I put this in the right area.
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Is Tramadol Addictive?
24 Nov 2011
Hi Mystiq101, & welcome to the site. Yes, I believe you have posted sufficiently , but am perplexed as to why no one has yet answered you. PLEASE do not stop taking the trammodol , but instead you must do a taper plan or you could risk having seizures. This drug was represented to the medical community as non-narcotic which it is, until it combines chemically with your body then it becomes narcotic like in sustance. I hope I have explained that right. At any rate the dose you are one is quite high, & the risk of seizures by immediately stopping the drug is also high, plus you will have withdrawals also as with any narcotic. Your doctor should know this about the prozac & I for one am very distured he would want you to just stop the trammadol to take prozac. As I have said, you need a taper plan. That usually involves dropping one pill aevery 5 days to a week until you are down to just one pill a day. By then, you should be able to do just 25mg a week & stop.
Then you would be ok to start the prozac. You must do this with each drug you are on that is narcotic like at all. Don't try to do them all at once either or you will definately be in withdrawals. I wish you all the best...
24 Nov 2011
tramadol also produces the same effect that an antidepressant will, in addition to risk of seizure when stopping, that's why they gave you the Prozac.taper off the tramadol. Stopping opiates or opoids also can cause depression as well as other symptoms. Stay here for some support, you'll neeed it, but this can be done. Laurieshay is pretty good with taper schedules too.best of luck, patti
25 Nov 2011
As Mary and Patti have shared, you'll need to taper from the tramadol slowly over time so to avoid withdrawal symptoms which can be as serious as seizure if done abruptly. Because tramadol has antidepressant properties, you may experience depression along with the withdrawal. Once you are on a lower dose of tramadol you would be safe to try an antidepressant such as Prozac or even better yet Cymbalta which may help the fibromyalgia type pain as well.
In order to taper, you need to reduce your daily dose by 25mgs every week. Get a pill dispenser and put in the exact amount of pills for that day, decreasing the dosage by half a pill each 5 days to a week. Do not take it more than every 4 to 6 hours. I'm not totally clear as to how much you are taking a day but starting at 400mgs a day (100mgs every 4 to 6 hours) and reducing from there is safest. It is a slow process and takes determination, but will be worth the effort in the end.
There are other meds that can help you with the fibro/ cfs and depression. I just re read your post and see that you say you are on the highest dose of Effexor. Whether Effexor or Prozac, you are taking a risk being on that much tramadol with an antidepressant. The risk of seizure or serotonin syndrome though rare is still very possible. You really need to reduce the tramadol and do so soon. We are here to help anyway we can. If you need further assistance with a taper plan, don't hesitate to ask.
27 Nov 2011
Hello again I just wanted to say something about tramadol for those of you who have never tried it. Unless you have an addictive personality it can do alot of good before it became a problem for me I was happy and felt good but for me one is never enough so I suppose it does not matter how it is categorized for some people if it can be abused it will be. For those of you like me good luck.
22 Jul 2013
I too was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was on a cocktail of Cymbalta, Lyrica, and tramadol.
I believe that fibromyalgia is an unknown word used to describe that my nerves and body are not functioning properly but the exact reason is unknown. ...
So Doctor after a year of tests what you're telling me is my body is improperly working and you dont know why??? Lol!! ( we have to laugh it helps).
I can say that after an aqua therapy regimine, and an earing change and sleeping change I lost 40 lbs. I dont think our bodies were made for the modern day lifestyle and thus dont work right. As for getting off the drugs you can do , for example if left in the wilderness you might eat a counple of campers n hikers but you would evntually get off of it after 7-12 days.
Here are some tips that worked for me BUT please recognize MUCH of this probably is possible because I dont have kids.
1st your stomach is a motor. So when wake drink (2) glasses of room temp water and wait 30-40 min before eating. Warm it up. When you eat for digestion try to eat hot with hot. For example you have coffee or Hot tea with oatmeal or eggs is good the stomach is warm and blood comes to digest but if you eat oatmeal and drink a glass of cold orange juice you just threw or motor into a gut crunch and digest and blood flow in the body is hampered. Drink water at room temp and quit soda by using pierre. Of course with food if its something natural that will perish if left out and requires preperation and cooking should help u pick correctly. Its expensive and most of Walmart and America's food has become more chemicals than food ie doritos , hamburger helper. Eat red meat only once a week. Cook big meals on days off to last the week and shorten cooking
For exercise keep it simple walk 30 to 50 minutes a day. Most of weight loss is diet. Even the weight loss companies are out to make money. After sitting all day they want you to get on a treadmill and race your heart rate up way high for 30-60 min and then once your body screams to store sugar and fats you buy their protein shakes and everually you end up gaining the weight back if not more.
There are some expensive supplements that work for me like fish oil, SAM-E really helps me, and a vitamin helps with the detox period. But you have to research the brands n check whats safe for you.
Sleep is the most important so if you have a tv in yje bedroom yank it. It will take time to sleep a normal pattern after you quit tramadol. In fact get rid of cable all together Youll be amazed the time you have once the tv is gone.
No alcohol or smoking and again walks. Walks consistntly each day. Not running or intense walks but enjoyable walks like with your dogs and kids.
After eating dinner you can wait 20 min drinkkng hot tea and then go for a walk. It helps digestion. Dont eat later than 8 pm and before you go to bed drink to glasses of foom temp water. Throughout the day drink lots of water.
Sugar will be the hardest drug to quit. The weight loss industry had us all focus on total grams of fat but just as important we should eat food based on the grams of sugar it has. STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT says fat free or diet. Drink whole milk The biggest health benefit of milk is the fat but alas instead of drinking less milk we Americans buy fat free milk. Thats tje key moderation
We as Aemericans think we have it so much better than 3rd world countries and we do but as for health Pakistan or Afghanistan these places people hadnt heard of this American disease call Arthritis or diabetes. Because they eat real food , cook meals, walk, and they sleep and they dont have tvs. Back can come from sitting too much just as painfuly as a car accident.
It is horrible to be stressed and in pain but you arent alone. There are many just like us. The trick is perception. When we stop watching our phones, tvs, radios, and Emails we turn off tje constnt bombardments of advertisers informing us we need to buy something to be happy or what we have is outdated. We wonder where our money and tome goes but if we turn off the noise we can enjoy the wonderful world around us.
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