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Can a fasting blood test detect amount of Tramadol use?
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    bullet_train is offline New Member
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    Default Can a fasting blood test detect amount of Tramadol use?

    Thurs. afternoon I am scheduled for a fasting blood test .

    This doctor prescribes me Tramadol, 50 mg once every 6 hours. In reality I take about twice that dose daily.

    Due to the backwoods paranoia of the area I live in among medical professionals, if it shows in my bloodwork that I have twice the prescribed dose in my blood, there is a good chance I will be denied future scripts of Tramadol.

    Allow me to explain. I live in a small city. A few years ago some moron decided to start a pain clinic and get everyone's kids hooked on oxys. Of course he was driven out of town on a board with a nail in it within no time. Ever since this guy got the book thrown at him a few years ago, all doctors in the area are reluctant to prescribe narcotics to anyone, including those who need them. For example, I was in a car accidnet 2 years ago and have all kinds of *documented* neck problems and neck/back pain. Documented as in MRIs clearly showing my cervical discs are not where they are supposed to be. Even with this, it was over a year from the time of the accident that I was ever prescribed anything stronger than IBUPROFEN.

    So hopefully that helps you understand the backwoods paranoia I referred to earlier.

    So in summary, will a fasting blood test show the amount of Tramadol I have taken? If so, how far back will it show? With the knowledge that Tramodol has a 5-7 hour half life, if this will indeed show up on a blood test, when should I start tapering off?

    Thanks for reading and for your help.

    BT

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullet_train View Post
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    It depends on the type of test they administer. Tramadol is an opiate, If they are looking for it and do a higher panel test and it shows up they can forward it to a lab for a toxicity analysis. That would show the level of the drug in your system. So I can only give you possibilities that strictly are dependent on what they do.

    If the drs are as freaked out as you say then they will very possibly do the full check on you. It's just dependent on them and how strict they are with their testing procedures.

    For what it's worth, tramadol is garbage in my opinion. You try to get off it and it's a mess. It also has what is similar to an antidepressant in it along with the pain medication and the combo is horrendous tapering off. If you take a lot of it for very long it can even cause seizures if you cold turkey off or take too much. I hate tramadol!!! Hope this info has helped. Good luck and God bless.
    Last edited by Robert_325; 02-27-2012 at 09:22 PM.
    I am not a dr. My statements are based on years of experience and related education. Consult with the professional of your choice regarding matters of concern.

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