Im treating a bulging disc in my back and basically want to stop taking vicodin. I do not want to become dependent more so than i already am and am really struggling to stop taking them. Will switching to Tramadol help ease withdrawal symptoms? Still work for the pain. I feel the pain is getting better from doing my daily stretches, now just dealing with aches from the medicine.
Tramadol is just as addictive even though it is officially a classified as a opiate. Tramadol has the pain killing strength equal to Tylenol#3 which is a little less then hydrocodone (vicodin,lortab,hydro's). So if you do that to step down I guess it would work but you will go through the withdrawals either way if you have a tolerance to the hydrocodone already. If you want to stay away from opiates then you are really just better to bite the bullet and go through the 5 days or so of withdrawals. I know, easier said then done but you really can't avoid it once you become dependent or addicted... Either way you go, Good Luck...
Speaking only from experience because I think tramadol is classed as opiate, I can say it did help me withdraw from vic at one time but only because I knew I was going to have to stay on some kind of pain killer because I would be having pain until my surgery but if you want to quit because you don't want to take the opiates anymore you could just taper down from the vic and take a few tramadol to ease the pain for a day or two. I quit cold turkey once and really did not do well but it is better to quit it all if that is your intention. Good luck. I didn't even know that tramadol was an opiate until I heard it here about 2 months ago so you see I didn't even know I was still taking a mild opiate.
I tapered off from vicodin - taking 10 a day of Norco to 5 -4 -etc. then the fourth week I used tramadol/ultram I believe is the same thing. I didn't know at the time it was an opiate - which I learned here a few months ago. I didn't feel as much pain relief but it was enough to help until I had surgery. If you need to get off because you want to stop the opiate addiction you might want to stop it all but I was the type of person that I would get very mad and the pain would stop me so until I knew I would be through with surgery I didn't want to think too much about quitting anything - I did want to be on less meds altogether so that was a help to me. Good luck.
PLEASE listen to me right now. I did this exact same thing and found myself fully addicted to Tramadol. Tramadol is a HIGHLY addictive drug, and TRUST ME when I say that the withdrawal is a million times worse than Vicodin. I have heard several Heroin addicts say that they would rather withdrawal from Heroin than Tramadol. Please do not do this. You can use some anti anxiety meds to help, but ONLY if you REALLY need them, but please do not mess with Tramadol. Tramadol is the devil in disguise.
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