I just moved and cant find a new doctor willing to keep my prescription up. I tried dropping off Tramadol and felt like my body was in agony everywhere, I have Fibromyalgia, and I dont know if it was just more of those symptoms, or if its some kind of detox? I thought Tramadol wasnt a narcotic and was safe?
While Tramadol is not considered by some doctors to be a narcotic it still is addictive and can not be just stopped without having withdrawal symptoms including the possibility of seizures. Tramadol also has an effect on serotonin in the brain and once stopped can result in symptoms of depression. If you need to come off the tramadol please taper off slowly over time so to avoid withdrawals.
I thought the same thing and I can tell you from experiance that tramadol isn't as safe or effective as they say it is. My doctor didn't express to me the details of what would happen if I suddenly stopped taking the medication and she also didn't tell me how my body would feel like it was being wrenched into a thousand knot holes about the size of locks.
So, for an answer to your question Yes, Tramdol does give withdrawls which can range from mild to what I went through which is agony/suffer/hell! Good luck to you.
Tramadol is not technicaly a narcotic. However it does work on the mu opiod receptor in the brain which can make it habit forming in people who abuse it. It also increases serotonin levels which can cause seizures if taken with other drugs that lower the seizure threshold. ( e.g. wellbutrin, Prozac, cybalta. ETC. ) In my opinion there are much safer pain medications available with a prescription.
Hope this helps.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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