Has anyone else heard of this?
It has SSRI properties - Meaning that when you come off of it it causes brain zaps and etc. It's a very complicated drug and should be looked into MUCH further before you actually take this.
It is not usually prescribed as an antidepressant but it does affect serotonin levels and can react with other SSRI and SNRI's to cause serotonin syndrome so you shouldnt take Tramadol if you take an antidepressant drug. It is a very complex drug. It was originally marketed as an alternative for opioids that wasnt as addictive as opioids and a lot of Drs jumped on that bandwagon thinking they could prescribe this drug freely and not worry about addiction. (I remember one of my previous Drs presenting it this way to me.) It quickly became apparent that this wasnt the case, as many found themselves terribly addicted to this drug. It is more chemically related to SSRI's and SNRI's than opioids but it acts on the same receptors as opioids (there in lies the addiction potential). Read up all you can on this drug before you decide if it is for you. Many people use it quite safely with no problems. Others have had multiple problems with it. No drug is without risk, even the OTC's, vitamins, supplements and herbal products. Many people forget this fact.
Thanks guys. The info you've posted is interesting. Iv taken tramadol for years but never heard it described as an ssri. I suppose it makes sense!
It effects serotonin as well as norepinephrine, so it actually works more like an SSNRI. That's why you feel so good on it. And why its so hard to stop taking it. There is a HUGE risk of serotonin syndrome if you take tramadol with an SSRI or an SSNRI. So be aware of that.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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