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54 Ratings with 45 User Reviews

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Reviews for Tramadol to treat Restless Legs Syndrome

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Review by C.A.G.:

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10

I've been suffering with restless leg syndrome for years and the older I get the worse the symptoms are. My doctor prescribed tramadol when I hurt my back and discovered that my legs stopped hurting completely for the first time in years! I have tried endless medications and the only thing I got were terrible side effects and no leg relief. I have absolutely no side effects with tramadol and I can sleep pain free all night!

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September 27, 2014 8:42 PM

Review by TacoBill:

Saved my life! I pretty much went over the deep end from not being able to sleep. Being treated for sleep apnea has helped too.

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June 5, 2014 12:53 AM

Review by dr rafi:

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8.0

I really had been suffering this complex and less studied disorder which can seriously affect your efficacy. Fortunately I shifted to a country were no good COX-2 inhibitors were available for my on and off back pain so I was given tramadol 50mg twice daily. Once I took a cap after 2 hours I find my legs quite fine and sensation free, which I used to have for a decade on and off

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November 22, 2013 5:02 AM

Review by Fish out of water:

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10

I have been on Tramadol for eight years now and could not function without it. I have uncontrollable movement sometimes all day long if I don't medicate starting when I wake up each day. Presently I have to take the threshold amount of 400mg each day and now I need to take more to control the symptoms but I don't care because it works. I was taking gabapentin as well but it makes me dizzy, gives headaches, and can't stay awake. Prefer tramadol. Worried what I will do when it won't work any longer because of the volume I need to take for effects. My restless legs syndrome is so severe I couldn't live or want to live without a prescription to control it. Such a feeling of nerve pain it is intolerable.

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October 11, 2013 9:44 PM

Review by LongTimeRLSer (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

I've been on everything to control my restless legs syndrome- most recently switched from 2mg of ropinirole (Requip) to 50mg tramadol. So far so good - the Requip had worked well for the restless legs syndrome, but left me feeling nauseous and just kind of icky all the time, and I never felt clear-headed the next day. So far, I've awakened feeling much more refreshed with the tramadol, but I don't believe the 50mg dose will be adequate, as I've woken up each night around 3 am with symptoms. For the past few nights I've dosed at 100mg and have slept great. Good stuff.

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September 9, 2013 3:17 PM

Review by Mrs feel good (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

I was given 50mg of tramadol 3x a day, initially for restless leg syndrome. This combined with gabapentin have helped so much with the restless legs syndrome. I also have chronic hip pain, have been dealing with it since I was a young child, due to my hips dislocating multiple times a month. This medicine works well, but I have had to have my doctor up the dose. I now take 300mg a day. I do have to say, that the side effects are terrible. I itch horribly! My whole body, but the worst place is my face! It also has made it so that I am unable to sleep at nights. It's worth it to not be in pain, and to lay down comfortably, but the side effects for me are bad!

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May 23, 2013 2:32 AM

Review by Lexys mom (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

I suffer day, night, evening, whenever it strikes with restless legs syndrome. I can't even sit through a movie at the theater anymore, but with the help of tramadol I can. It has made life so much easier. I don't like the sleepy side effects but compared with fidgety legs its a no brainer.

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April 23, 2013 12:48 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

I have been taking Tramadol for RLS for three years. It worked absolutely wonderfully, and any time I ran out or stopped for some reason, I had no withdrawal symptoms at all. Also, I never felt like I was dependent on it, nor addicted to it. It helps that this is a non-narcotic medication. At the beginning of this year, my doctor added gabapentin 300mg/night. With this combination, I must say, I have never had a more restful night's sleep in my entire life. I wake up refreshed, not groggy at all, and ready to hop right out of bed and take on the day and the world.

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October 10, 2012 10:46 PM

Review by DRB74 (taken for 10 years or more):

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10

I have been suffering from restless legs syndrome for over 15yrs. I was originally given tramadol for back pain, which didn't help me at all, but in the process I found I fully relieved my RLS symptoms. I have been taking it for over 10yrs. I have stopped during pregnancy and when taking my migraine medicines, and substitute a low dose narcotic. In the beginning I do remember some 'high' like feelings when I started Tramadol but during my breaks from it I haven't experienced the withdrawals everyone is talking about. My RLS symptoms are quite severe and not medicated it will bring me to tears. The horrible achiness and cramping makes me want to scream! Have tried Quinine and Requip in the past with bad sided effects.

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August 5, 2012 2:06 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

Have had restless legs syndrome for 7 years and MD tried multiple medicines (Requip, Neurontin, Carbidopa/Levodopa). All worked OK but still had RLS in the day and night. Then, I hurt my back and was put on Tramadol three times a day. My RLS completely went away but I had problems peeing. So, I went off and those symptoms went away (but the RLS came back). So, now I take one pill a day and the RLS is gone and I have no side effects.

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April 10, 2012 2:35 PM

Review by JWG916:

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10

Fantastic. I finally got immediate relief for my restless leg syndrome after suffering for many months and taking other medicines like Horizant. This one did the trick for my legs and I sleep well again.

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April 8, 2012 7:35 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

I have severe and agonizing restless legs syndrome. People say it's because of my schizophrenia medicines but I know its genetics. I went through agonizing years until I found that taking tramadol everyday completely cured it.

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March 23, 2012 10:18 PM

Review by cherokee16:

When I was in 8th grade, I fractured my back, and have re-fractured it 2 more times since then. I have done everything under the sun to help relieve my back pain and the only thing that has ever worked has been Tramadol. I also have restless leg and it is not just when I'm sleeping - it's all day every day, and all through the night. I used to take the Tramadol to help this and it completely cured the restless legs syndrome.

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February 11, 2012 3:17 PM

Review by NYCGal:

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2.0

Ultram (tramadol): Have been taking Ultram off and on for moderate back pain for about a year. This has had very little effect on the frequency, duration, or severity of my RLS.

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November 19, 2011 10:50 PM

Review by Babysaw:

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7.0

Ultram (tramadol): I have had restless legs syndrome for about a year now. It drives me crazy. It is just in my left leg no where else. Dr gave me Requip and did nothing. I tried tramadol and although I still have a bit of tingling in my leg and foot, my leg seems more relaxed. I will say that the ONLY thing I have found to work right away and all day is Vicodin. My doctor told me that pain medicines are a treatment for restless legs syndrome. I'm hoping the tramadol is a winner so I can stop with the pain medicine.

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October 29, 2011 6:47 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Ultram ER (tramadol): Taken for 3 months and restless legs syndrome gone except twice.

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September 19, 2011 10:51 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

I used Ultram for 3 years for chronic back pain/sciatica. It's the only medicine that relieved the pain every time. I took 1-3 50mg pills per day and NEVER had to increase dosage. HOWEVER, I started having memory/attention problems, shaking, blurry vision and possible seizures (being evaluated now). I've been off Ultram for nearly a month now and it feels like the veil has been lifted... like my brain's back, clarity. But my original pain feels twice as bad, I have restless legs syndrome and am sleeping MAYBE 4 hours per night. All are symptoms of withdrawal. It worked great for the pain.

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August 30, 2011 9:49 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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7.0

Ultram (tramadol): Tramadol has been very effective for my severe restless legs syndrome. However the body does seem to build tolerancce so you must increase dose from time to time. The withdrawal effects are quite severe. I found that a slow withdrawal helps ease the discomfort. I have also been on Neurontin in the past and had good results for several years but the effectiveness seems to lessen over time and increasing the dose did not help.

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June 30, 2011 11:31 AM

Review by awake at 3:45 am:

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10

I'm lying here wide awake at 3:45 am on my 2nd night of trying to wean myself off tramadol under my doctors orders. He gave me temazapam as a sleep aid and told me to go from 100 mg to 50 mg of tramadol plus 30 mg of temazapam. Last night was okay, woke up feeling pretty good, but tonight I am back to being miserable because of my restless legs syndrome. He's never had it, obviously. His concern is that I will require more as I go along. I've been on 100mg tramadol for about 6 months. I love that I can sleep, but I'm groggy during the day. If I don't sleep, I'm groggy as well. I prefer to sleep! This RLS has been lifelong, since 8 years old. Brothers and mother have it as well. My middle brother just started tramadol tonight. Will see what he thinks!

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May 17, 2011 5:50 AM

Review by OLD SCHOOL:

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10

I have tried everything for this restless leg syndrome since the middle of the 1970's, nothing has worked. Even my pain medicines that I take now for serious pain. But over the years no matter what was given to me for the restless leg syndrome it did not work until I was prescribed tramadol for some back pain after I gave birth to my daughter and I can say this much I have never woken my husband up in the middle of the night since I have taken them and I will never stop, I have had this problem since I was 8 yrs old. We all get to sleep peacefully now and my legs have never felt better. And no I do not smoke or take the pill.

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April 17, 2011 9:53 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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10

Works great for restless legs and back pain, and agreed so what if you need to be on it forever. I need to be on Synthroid forever, and Premarin forever too. If it helps me sleep good at night so be it.

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March 15, 2011 1:34 AM

Review by jacqueline50475:

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10

I am unaware of any severely adverse reactions regarding the use of Tramadol. I use 50mg two to three times per day for arthritic pain and for restless leg syndrome. I have also found that the more you use your back and legs during the day, (exercise, walking, biking, running) the less symptomatic the restless legs syndrome is. Perhaps there is a connection between the neurological pathology of RLS and exercise. Maybe the increase in endorphins caused by exercise has something to do with it. Sorry, I digress. In the meantime, when RLS is symptomatic, Tramadol is a God send. Tramadol is quite effective as well for arthritic pain. I wouldn't take anything else.

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March 2, 2011 11:52 AM

Review by parent of 3:

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7.0

Ultram (tramadol): I have been taking tramadol for over 11 years for RLS and while I think it works pretty well for my legs, I feel I have to take more than prescribed to get the same amount of relief that I did when I began the medication. I have not told my doctor for fear that she will take me off the medicine. The withdrawal symptoms are horrendous. My legs are 10 times worse when I am coming off tramadol. I get involuntary spasms in both my arms and legs and am extremely moody. It is near impossible for me to sleep without the tramadol. I am not trying to scare anyone away from taking it because I know it has worked wonders for a lot of other people.

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December 9, 2010 12:58 PM

Review by KeithT:

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8.0

I am prescribed Tramadol for chronic back pain. The fist time I took it, I finally felt "normal". I had occasionally had restless legs and cramps. However, after a back adjustment removed the back pain, I tried to get off the Tramadol and became VERY agitated, almost in a panic once, so withdrawal can be a problem. I understand tapering is the way to do it, but my back pain returned and I am still on about 150MG spread over 24hrs. Try the LOWEST dosage if you try it.

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October 5, 2010 12:45 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

I have taken Tramadol as prescribed by my doctor for a little over 2 years. It works 100% for my restless legs syndrome. The only downside to this medication is the withdrawal symptoms when you stop. You have twice as bad the problem of restlessness than you had in the first place. The doctor gave me Clonidine and that really helped with the withdrawal problems.

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September 2, 2010 11:16 PM

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